Road Scholar

ROAD SCHOLAR is the new name for the programs of Elderhostel, Inc., the nation's first and the world's largest education and travel organization.  Since its founding in 1975, Elderhostel has grown to offer more than 10,000 learning adventures each year in more than 100 countries-from Austria to Australia, and Chile to China. As a not-for-profit organization, Elderhostel believes in the enrichment of lifelong learning and is dedicated to providing exceptional learning opportunities at a remarkable price.

Participants come from every walk of life to learn together, exchange ideas, and explore the world. The only requirement for enrollment is to be an adult with a love of active-learning.

How to Register.

Registration is completed through Elderhostel/ROAD SCHOLAR via phone (877) 426-8056 or online at

Contact us to discuss our ROAD SCHOLAR and other programs specifically designed for adults.

Transportation to Shepherd's Spring

We are pleased to offer a ride-matching option for travelers wishing to share a ride from an airport, train or bus staion, or elsewhere to Shepherd's Spring.  Once an account is created via the link on the bar to the left, anyone logged in can:

  • Post a Ride Request
  • Organize a Ride
  • Organize a Ride from a Ride Request

Alternatively, for transportation providers from the Baltimore/DC area airports, please visit these sites: Northstar and Airport Express.  Please note that both have shared-ride pricing at reduced rates; please ask in advance of scheduling your trip. 

For additional transportation options, click here.   

After 20-plus years of offering ROAD SCHOLAR learning adventures, Shepherd's Spring is pleased to present a remarkable line-up of fun, educational, and rewarding experiences for individuals who enjoy hands-on learning opportunities.  View our upcoming ROAD SCHOLAR programs details.  

For additional information, visit and reference the appropriate program number.  Programs include quality instructors, field trips, all meals and lodging, and often special access to areas or programs not often open to the general public.

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"We have just returned from cycling the C&O Canal - 4 ½ days - 190 miles! The organization (Shepherd's Spring) personnel in charge, meals, food between meals, evening programs, rooms and transportation were all outstanding..." - Nancy, Rhode Island