Below is your preliminary itinerary. Please note that the order of activities, the time of events, and some scheduled activities may change. We do our best to adhere to the promised itinerary but we greatly appreciate your flexibility and understanding when changes do occur. There is no refund for joining a trip late or leaving early. Please wait to receive a flight notification email before purchasing non-refundable air arrangements in conjunction with this trip.

Itinerary Snapshot
This Itinerary Snapshot will provide you with a one-page itinerary, highlighting key sites visited on the trip, a breakdown of the meals provided, and a chart of what is included in the cost of the trip.

Sunday, November 7: Ease into the Big Easy

Start your journey with a private welcome dinner at one of New Orleans’ oldest restaurants. Hear from Chautauqua’s Director of the Climate Change Initiative about the issues facing the planet and the Crescent City in particular, setting the stage for the next four days as we prepare to explore the balance between reversing climate change and strategies for adapting to the realities of its worst effects.

Eliza Jane (Dinner, Reception)

Monday, November 8: Coastal Wetlands Restoration, Resilience and Climate Change

Start the day in Little Vietnam, with a visit to the Dong Phuong Bakery, crafting banh mi and baked goods for 40 years. Meet the owners and find out what attracted them to the Delta. Join a local scientist and community organizer Barbara Johnson for a walk in the Bayou Sauvage Wildlife Refuge, the country’s second largest urban wildlife refuge. And try your hand at citizen science at the Coastal Education and Research Program, where you will be able to measure water quality and salinity with the center’s director, Dinah Maygarden. Explore the expansive cypress swamps and rich wetland ecosystem that characterizes the region with a floating picnic through the tranquil cypress, tupelo, and oak-forested swamps. Traverse one of the largest estuaries in the United States as you return to your hotel for an evening to explore the city on your own.

Eliza Jane (Breakfast, Lunch)

Tuesday, November 9: Living with Water

Spend the morning in City Park, a 1,300-acre urban oasis that has provided a natural refuge for New Orleans’ residents since 1854. You’ll join a local naturalist to explore the Park – including the world’s largest stand of mature live oaks – and hear how the failure of the federal levee system following Hurricane Katrina submerged much of this urban gem for weeks. Learn about the Park’s subsequent use of vegetation, soils, and natural processes to improve water quality, support economic development, and beautify the community. Continue to the London Avenue Canal, which was breached during Hurricane Katrina and observe the flood protection measures that have since been deployed to protect the city. Gather for lunch as a group at Dooky Chase’s – a beloved family-owned shop that has become a gathering place for musicians, civil rights leaders, and politicians, including Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Tonight, join celebrated jazz trumpeter, Grammy award winner, leader of the Dukes of Dixieland, and former Chautauqua performer, Kevin Ray Clark. Kevin will take you to two of the French Quarter’s premier music venues, where you will sip signature cocktails, chat with local musicians about the city’s world-renowned music scene, and enjoy some of the best seats in the house as your host joins the band onstage.

Eliza Jane (Lunch, Drinks)

Wednesday, November 10: Of Farms and Fishes

Meet with Arthur Johnson, CEO of the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED), a community-based organization that was launched after Katrina to help the Lower Ninth Ward recover and rebuild sustainably. Learn about the Center’s efforts to empower its residents to address their needs for food security, personal safety, and renewable energy. Then, meet with Don Robin, a legacy fisherman, whose family has been making its living from the waters surrounding New Orleans for five generations. Robin will share a firsthand account of the process of oyster harvesting and the growing environmental challenges faced by those who depend on these waters. After, enjoy a “Gulf-to Table” seafood lunch on one of the Robins’ family docks on the historic waterfront. Your journey continues at Docville Farm, an idyllic educational center on the banks of the Mississippi River. Ascend to Docville’s rooftop river observatory, where Blaise Pezold, the Farm’s Director of Environmental and Coastal Initiatives will explore how the River has shaped the people, the land, and the economy in the region – and how this relationship has evolved with a changing climate. Then enjoy a final celebratory dinner reception featuring food that is bayou born and internationally inspired in the historic barn.

Eliza Jane (Lunch, Dinner, Reception)

Thursday, November 11: Departure

Depart anytime for individual flights home.