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Program #11785RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
ECCO's elevation is approx. 3,100 ft. On field trip bus may stop at elevation of 8,000 ft.

Itinerary for Feb 22 — Feb 25, 2015

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Program begins with registration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please do not plan to arrive before 2:00 PM or later than 6:00 PM. (Sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however program ends after lunch.

Contact info:
43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA
phone: 559-683-8162
web: www.conferencecenter.org

Room amenities: All rooms have private baths.

Facility amenities: In keeping with our tranquil retreat setting, you are not disturbed by the distraction of televisions or telephones in sleeping rooms. Satellite TV is available in the main lodge, as well as a recreation room with ping pong/game tables. Our "Fourth Green" Recreation Complex features fields for basketball, volleyball, football/soccer and horseshoes. Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail on ECCO grounds. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 22 - Registration/Introductions
Arrive To: Registration in Lyles Hall from 3 to 5 PM.

Afternoon: Social Hour - An opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow participants. Beverages will be served along with assorted hors d'oeuvre. A short initial orientation will be included.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: A short program of introductions and program information follows dinner. Afterward we will watch the 20 minute video, "The Spirit of Yosemite." This award winning video is also shown at the Yosemite Valley visitor center. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax and recover from your day's journey. Lyles Hall is the perfect place to relax, socialize and meet new friends. It is accessible 24 hours, has wifi, television, phone, fridge, two wood stoves, games, beverages, reading material and lounge areas.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Program begins with registration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please do not plan to arrive before 2:00 PM or later than 6:00 PM. (Sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however program ends after lunch.

Contact info:
43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA
phone: 559-683-8162
web: www.conferencecenter.org

Room amenities: All rooms have private baths.

Facility amenities: In keeping with our tranquil retreat setting, you are not disturbed by the distraction of televisions or telephones in sleeping rooms. Satellite TV is available in the main lodge, as well as a recreation room with ping pong/game tables. Our "Fourth Green" Recreation Complex features fields for basketball, volleyball, football/soccer and horseshoes. Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail on ECCO grounds. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 23 - Classes about Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada and ...
Classes about Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada and Preparation for Field Trip to Yosemite National Park

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall.

Morning: Class - "A Rocky Start--A Bit About Yosemite/Sierra Nevada Geology."

Lunch: Lunch in Lyles Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Class - "Floral Life Zones of the Sierra Nevada." Preparation for Yosemite National Park field trip.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: Evening Programs are optional, but usually highly valued as an entertaining and educational cap to the day. Presentations could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area. Our presenters are professionals who enjoy expanding guest's knowledge on Yosemite.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Program begins with registration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please do not plan to arrive before 2:00 PM or later than 6:00 PM. (Sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however program ends after lunch.

Contact info:
43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA
phone: 559-683-8162
web: www.conferencecenter.org

Room amenities: All rooms have private baths.

Facility amenities: In keeping with our tranquil retreat setting, you are not disturbed by the distraction of televisions or telephones in sleeping rooms. Satellite TV is available in the main lodge, as well as a recreation room with ping pong/game tables. Our "Fourth Green" Recreation Complex features fields for basketball, volleyball, football/soccer and horseshoes. Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail on ECCO grounds. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 24 - Yosemite Valley
Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Hall

Morning: Field trip to Yosemite Valley (includes stops to Wawona Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls and Sentinel Bridge.) Note that the trip to Yosemite Valley is about 1.5 hours over winding roads. It is suggested that those prone to motion sickness bring their preferred medication or remedy.

Lunch: Sack lunch in Yosemite Valley. Depending on your choice of free-time activities following lunch, you may want to allow yourself more time by eating your lunch "on the fly."

Afternoon: After lunch you will have a number of options, which your host will have explained during the “Preparation for Yosemite Field Trip” presentation. Because time in the valley is very limited, you will have to make choices of what you wish to see. Examples involve a walk or free shuttle ride to either the Indian Museum/Visitor Center/Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Falls, the Ahwahnee Hotel, or a walk around Mirror Lake or to Vernal Falls Bridge (you will have to hurry). Also, you could choose to ride the free shuttle completely around the Valley. That takes about 1 hour.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall followed by presentation of certificates of completion.

Evening: Evening program

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, February 25 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall. Note: We ask that you vacate your sleeping rooms, return your keys, lanyards and evaluations to your host prior to 9:00 AM so that our housekeeping staff can prepare for our incoming group(s).

Morning: Class - "Fur & Feathers: Animals of Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada".

Lunch: Farewell lunch and departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
2 Performances

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