August 10, 2020

Road Scholar: Bringing the World to New Mexico

Posted on 25. Aug, 2012 by Stephan Helgesen in Social/Cultural

Speaking with Mary Ann Slattery (Regional Program Director for Road Scholar Programs in Santa Fe), is speaking with a true believer in the value of bringing people together.

Started in 1975, Road Scholar offers programs in all 50 states and in 150 countries in regional studies, archaeology, art, nature, music, literature, culinary arts and in many other areas. One of their newest and most popular programs is Tony Hillerman’s Landscape where participants visit many of the sites mentioned in the famous author’s books.

A multi-talented woman with a diverse background, Slattery and her staff have created some truly unique programs which bring nearly 2,000 visitors a year to New Mexico. Coming off a successful Great American Get-together (March in Santa Fe), Road Scholar hosted 280 participants from out-of-state and booked 1,400 room nights in the City Different, a welcome boost to the local economy.

She credits the organization’s success to the diversity of programs, the individual attention paid to the program participants and the organization’s efforts to constantly improve each participant’s overall experience.

While the average age of participants in Road Scholar programs is 72, there is no age restriction, except that every enrollee must be 21 years of age or older.

Quite a few are in their 80s and 90s, but a good number are in their mid-50s.  All programs have an activity level assigned to them so people can choose the ones that best match their capabilities, from very active outdoor programs to less physically demanding ones. Programs range from one-day to two weeks or more (the average program is typically 5-7 nights).  Almost all meals, housing, transportation and admission fees are included in the price.

Road Scholar’s close working relationship with local hoteliers and other businesses have kept the programs very affordable.

To hear Slattery tell it, “the future looks bright for us as more people are choosing Road Scholar because of our commitment to excellence and because we offer true value for the money, an important consideration in today’s economy. That’s also why we chose Richards Avenue Business Park, as they offer good service, fair costs and have a strong interest in working with all types of companies.”

For more information on their broad range of programs, contact: Mary Ann Slattery at the Santa Fe Road Scholar office at 505/983-0613, or by email at: maryann.slattery@roadscholar.org.  Their website is located at: www.roadscholar.org

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