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Sequoia and Kings Canyon: A Land of Giants

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Program #19539RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
Elevation at Wonder Valley is 650 ft. Elevation in Sequoia/KC NP ranges from 1000 to mid of 7000 ft.

Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 18, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the golden Sierra foothills of Central California, Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center is four hours away from both Los Angeles and San Francisco and just minutes east of Fresno. A conference center, several smaller lodges, and country cottages are gracefully situated around the verdant 75-acre property. The resort has a mix of 53 guest rooms ranging from small two-person cottages to spacious hotel style accommodations. There are numerous recreational activities and sites not far from Wonder Valley, including Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks; whitewater rafting on the Kings River; boating and water-skiing on Pine Flat Lake; Fresno County Blossom Trail; antique shopping in Old Town Clovis.

Contact info:
6450 Elwood Road
Sanger, CA 93657 USA
phone: 800-821-2801
web: www.wondervalley.com

Room amenities: The following is a list of amenities that come with a guest room in Cedar Hall: • Individually Controlled Heating & Air Conditioning • Wall-to-Wall Carpeting • In-Room Coffee Service • Free, Wireless Internet Access • Flat Screen, Satellite Television • Bedding • Spacious, Walk-In Closet • Iron & Ironing Board • Typical Hotel Furniture (i.e., Alarm Clock, Telephone, Work desk & Hotel style Chairs)

Facility amenities: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort offers guests many forms of recreation on its 75-acre property including a large Equestrian Center providing guests with an opportunity to ride horses through the scenic Sierra foothills; two sparkling pools, a water slide and Dalton Pond on which to enjoy sailing, fishing, canoe rides or swimming; and many outdoor sports and recreational activities. An on-site coin-operated laundry is available to guests seven days a week.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Fourteen private toilet and 14 private shower facilities are located in the center of the building. Facilities are private with floor to ceiling doors but in a communal setting. Couples and singles will be assigned their own shower and toilet.

Additional nights before: Based on availability
Please call the hotel directly at 800-821-2801 for reservations and to inquire about rates. Be sure to mention that you are part of a Road Scholar group and the start date of the Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Independent Arrivals
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Wonder Valley Resort after 3:00PM

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule and any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Our four day program includes hotel-based classes combined with 2 all day bus adventures through the giant grandeur of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, home to the world's largest trees which grow peacefully in valleys protected by immense mountains and deeply chiseled canyons.

Dinner: Dinner at Wonder Valley Resort

Menus are contracted well in advance with a variety of dining facilities and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

Since meals are served in a group setting, it is difficult to adjust to individual dietary requests. If you are unable to eat what is on the regular menu, a vegetarian alternative is available, if not already part of the menu.

As alternative meal arrangements have to be made in advance, please indicate your need for a vegetarian entree on the enclosed Participant Information Form.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Crossing Points: Getting to know your fellow participants.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discover what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the golden Sierra foothills of Central California, Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center is four hours away from both Los Angeles and San Francisco and just minutes east of Fresno. A conference center, several smaller lodges, and country cottages are gracefully situated around the verdant 75-acre property. The resort has a mix of 53 guest rooms ranging from small two-person cottages to spacious hotel style accommodations. There are numerous recreational activities and sites not far from Wonder Valley, including Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks; whitewater rafting on the Kings River; boating and water-skiing on Pine Flat Lake; Fresno County Blossom Trail; antique shopping in Old Town Clovis.

Contact info:
6450 Elwood Road
Sanger, CA 93657 USA
phone: 800-821-2801
web: www.wondervalley.com

Room amenities: The following is a list of amenities that come with a guest room in Cedar Hall: • Individually Controlled Heating & Air Conditioning • Wall-to-Wall Carpeting • In-Room Coffee Service • Free, Wireless Internet Access • Flat Screen, Satellite Television • Bedding • Spacious, Walk-In Closet • Iron & Ironing Board • Typical Hotel Furniture (i.e., Alarm Clock, Telephone, Work desk & Hotel style Chairs)

Facility amenities: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort offers guests many forms of recreation on its 75-acre property including a large Equestrian Center providing guests with an opportunity to ride horses through the scenic Sierra foothills; two sparkling pools, a water slide and Dalton Pond on which to enjoy sailing, fishing, canoe rides or swimming; and many outdoor sports and recreational activities. An on-site coin-operated laundry is available to guests seven days a week.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Fourteen private toilet and 14 private shower facilities are located in the center of the building. Facilities are private with floor to ceiling doors but in a communal setting. Couples and singles will be assigned their own shower and toilet.

Additional nights before: Based on availability
Please call the hotel directly at 800-821-2801 for reservations and to inquire about rates. Be sure to mention that you are part of a Road Scholar group and the start date of the Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - All day bus field trip to Sequoia National Park/G...
All day bus field trip to Sequoia National Park/General Sherman Tree/Giant Forest Museum/Big Tree Trail

Note: We will be traveling at elevations from 650 at Wonder Valley Resort to 7,600 feet in the Parks with frequent opportunities for moderate walking up to 1.5 miles over fairly level terrain, carrying a day pack for water and jacket. Field trip destinations and walks are subject to weather conditions. You will be “on the road” on Monday and Tuesday with access to your rooms at the beginning and end of each day.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Wonder Valley Resort

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Sequoia National Park

Our bus departs the hotel in the morning for an all-day field trip to Sequoia National Park.Our onboard guide will provide commentary as we drive to the park. Upon arrival, we will walk the General Sherman Tree Trail, a paved 1 mile trail (one-way) which descends some 200 feet. The trail is wide with a few staircases. In the cathedral-like Giant Forest stands the 275-foot-tall General Sherman giant sequoia tree, whose trunk weighs an estimated 1385 tons and whose circumference at the ground is nearly 203 ft. The General Sherman tree has the distinction of being the largest living tree in the world (in terms of volume) and is more than 2000 years old. The General Sherman tree was named in 1879 by a Civil War veteran.

Lunch: A box lunch will be served in a nearby picnic area in the park.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Giant Forest Museum

Visit the Giant Forest Museum which features exhibits on giant sequoia ecology and the trees' relationship with man. In the entire world, sequoias grow naturally only on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, between 5000-7000 ft of elevation.

You'll learn about sequoia ecology as you walk the Big Trees Trail, a 2/3 mile paved/boardwalked trail which circles Round Meadow.

Dinner: Dinner at Wonder Valley Resort

Evening: CLASS: "California Grizzlies"

Lodging: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the golden Sierra foothills of Central California, Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center is four hours away from both Los Angeles and San Francisco and just minutes east of Fresno. A conference center, several smaller lodges, and country cottages are gracefully situated around the verdant 75-acre property. The resort has a mix of 53 guest rooms ranging from small two-person cottages to spacious hotel style accommodations. There are numerous recreational activities and sites not far from Wonder Valley, including Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks; whitewater rafting on the Kings River; boating and water-skiing on Pine Flat Lake; Fresno County Blossom Trail; antique shopping in Old Town Clovis.

Contact info:
6450 Elwood Road
Sanger, CA 93657 USA
phone: 800-821-2801
web: www.wondervalley.com

Room amenities: The following is a list of amenities that come with a guest room in Cedar Hall: • Individually Controlled Heating & Air Conditioning • Wall-to-Wall Carpeting • In-Room Coffee Service • Free, Wireless Internet Access • Flat Screen, Satellite Television • Bedding • Spacious, Walk-In Closet • Iron & Ironing Board • Typical Hotel Furniture (i.e., Alarm Clock, Telephone, Work desk & Hotel style Chairs)

Facility amenities: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort offers guests many forms of recreation on its 75-acre property including a large Equestrian Center providing guests with an opportunity to ride horses through the scenic Sierra foothills; two sparkling pools, a water slide and Dalton Pond on which to enjoy sailing, fishing, canoe rides or swimming; and many outdoor sports and recreational activities. An on-site coin-operated laundry is available to guests seven days a week.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Fourteen private toilet and 14 private shower facilities are located in the center of the building. Facilities are private with floor to ceiling doors but in a communal setting. Couples and singles will be assigned their own shower and toilet.

Additional nights before: Based on availability
Please call the hotel directly at 800-821-2801 for reservations and to inquire about rates. Be sure to mention that you are part of a Road Scholar group and the start date of the Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - All day bus field trip to Kings Canyon National P...
All day bus field trip to Kings Canyon National Park/General Grant Tree/Grant Grove/Roaring River Falls/Zumwalt Meadows

Breakfast: Breakfast at Wonder Valley

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Kings Canyon National Park

Our bus departs the hotel in the morning for an all-day field trip to Kings Canyon National Park. Our onboard guide will provide commentary as we drive to the park. After stopping at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove Village, we will continue on to the General Grant Tree, one of the five largest living trees on earth. The trail to the General Grant Tree is a gently-graded, paved, one-third of a mile loop walk through the sequoia grove.

Lunch: Drive down into Kings Canyon National Park and enjoy a boxed lunch in a picnic area.

Afternoon: Depending upon group’s ability:

Walk the Zumwalt Meadow Trail, a mostly level, 1.5 mile long trail, which affords excellent views of the meandering Kings River, a lush meadow and the surrounding high granite cliffs including Grand Sentinel (8,518 ft.) and North Dome (8,717 ft.). This is one of the most scenic trails in Kings Canyon.

Or Stand at Muir's 'Pulpit', a wide flat rock of historical significance in the park’s modern day history on which John Muir delivered impassioned speeches about the Sierra and conservation. The walk to the Rock is 300 ft/10 minutes from the parking area at Road’s End, along the trail to Zumwalt Meadow.

Dinner: Dinner at Wonder Valley Resort

Evening: PERFORMANCE: An Evening with John Muir.

A live presentation of John Muir, the Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate for wilderness preservation in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.

Lodging: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - Native Americans lecture/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at Wonder Valley Resort

Morning: CLASS: "The People of the Sierras". Learn about the Native Americans who settled this area of the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Sanger - Near King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
National Park ServiceInformation about natural resources, news, events, camping, lodging, fees, permits and facilities at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks may be obtained from the National Park Service through their official website. (Your local library may have excellent natural history books and travel guide books.)
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm
Fresno / Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau1550 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 101

Fresno, CA 93710

Phone (559) 981-5500 or 800-788-0836

Visit this site to learn more about the region and view or download a Visitor Planning Guide which takes you through a seasonal tour of Fresno County and beyond. It's packed with information about the many attractions, sports and recreation, dining and lodging options available in the Fresno/Clovis/Sierras area.
For additional information, visit: playfresno.org/

Sequoia-Kings Canyon Park Services CompanyThis website provide additional information about the sights, hotels, lodges, cabins, dining, and shopping found in the parks from the authorized concessionaire for Kings Canyon National Park and the Giant Sequoia National Monument of the Sequoia National Forest.
For additional information, visit: www.sequoia-kingscanyon.com/index.html

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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