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Program #17247RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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 trips bus may stop at an elevation of 6,000 ft.

Itinerary for Jun 16 — Jun 21, 2013

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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. (Access to sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM if we've just had a group depart.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however class is offered in the morning, and your 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, are climate-controlled and have hair dryers. Please bring your own shampoo and conditioner.

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. Wireless internet is available in Lyles Hall and on Lyles Hall deck. (Bring your own laptop.) Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby. 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 as a conference center we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times due to other groups having our facility booked.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 16 - Arrival between 3 to 5 p.m. - Welcome to our home...
Arrival between 3 to 5 p.m. - Welcome to our home!/Get-Acquainted Social Hour & Orientation

Arrive To: We're delighted you've decided to join us. Please plan to arrive between 3 to 5 p.m. (Not earlier than 2 p.m., please, nor later than 6 p.m.--our staff is available to assist you during those hours only.)

Afternoon: Make your way to Lyles Dining Hall at 5 p.m. for a get-acquainted social hour and brief orientation. We'll get to know each other, and our staff will let you know where everything is, what our meal procedures are, as well as emergency contact information and the location of the message board. We'll ask for questions and make sure you get them answered.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall at 6:00 p.m. Dinner features a delicious main entrée of beef, chicken, fish or pasta, along with potatoes or rice, vegetables, salad bar, rolls and dessert. Please note that only one entree selection is served per meal. Dinner is served until 6:20 p.m.

Evening: After dinner, we will have the remainder of our orientation session followed by introductions. The balance of the evening is left free for you to relax after your day's journey. Cards, games & puzzles are available for your enjoyment.

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. (Access to sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM if we've just had a group depart.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however class is offered in the morning, and your 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, are climate-controlled and have hair dryers. Please bring your own shampoo and conditioner.

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. Wireless internet is available in Lyles Hall and on Lyles Hall deck. (Bring your own laptop.) Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby. 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 as a conference center we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times due to other groups having our facility booked.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 17 - Begin our day with instruction from a PGA/LPGA Pr...
Begin our day with instruction from a PGA/LPGA Professional. We will than begin with our first round of golf at the River Creek Golf Course.

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall. An ECCO breakfast buffet may include French toast, waffles or pancakes accompanied by sausage or bacon. Standard items include eggs, hot/cold cereals, fruits, toast or muffins and yogurt.

Morning: We're off for our first round of golf, at beautiful River Creek Golf Course in Ahwahnee. A jewel of a course, featuring rolling hills and undulating greens, guarded by beautiful oaks and towering pines, it offers a complete Pro shop as well as PGA and LPGA certified instructors. You'll play 9 holes of golf, taking advantage of the expertise of River Creek's excellent staff.

Lunch: Return to ECCO for lunch. Lunch may include a sandwich bar or a hot entrée. These may be offered with a homemade soup of the day and salad bar, along with a dessert.

Afternoon: Following lunch, take time to explore the surrounding area. Your group leaders will help you decide where you want to go--places such as Nelder Grove, Mariposa Grove, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, Fresno Flats, etc. Of course, we invite you to enjoy the tranquility of our grounds. Enjoy a good book, take a walk, work a puzzle or watch satellite TV in our main dining room.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Hall. Dinner features a delicious main entrée of beef, chicken, fish or pasta, along with potatoes or rice, vegetables, salad bar, rolls and dessert.

Evening: Evening program - Each evening's program may consist of a video or a live birds of prey display and discussion or living history presentation. Each program is approximately 45 minutes long.

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. (Access to sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM if we've just had a group depart.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however class is offered in the morning, and your 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, are climate-controlled and have hair dryers. Please bring your own shampoo and conditioner.

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. Wireless internet is available in Lyles Hall and on Lyles Hall deck. (Bring your own laptop.) Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby. 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 as a conference center we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times due to other groups having our facility booked.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 18 - Field Trip - Yosemite Valley/Historic Ahwahnee Ho...
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall, to enable us to get an early start on our field trip to Yosemite Valley

Morning: 7:45 a.m. Board bus for Yosemite Valley. Bus departs at 8:00 a.m. or as soon as everyone is aboard. Your instructor/field trip guide continues her natural history lessons as you travel with examples in the field. You'll see The drive from ECCO is approx. 1-1/2 hours over a winding road. Motion sickness medication may be helpful so you can fully enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Queen of National Parks. If mobility is an issue, please contact coordinator for further information. At this time of year Yosemite's waterfalls are at their spectacular best, while Half Dome and the high country mountains still retain their snowy mantles. This is the quintessential Yosemite captured in world-famous photos. Even if you've been here before, you'll see the park's glory with new eyes--enlightened by the passion and knowledge of our superb instructors. Stops will be made at Tunnel View (that famous first glimpse of Half Dome), Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Bridge and Yosemite Lodge.

Lunch: 12:00 noon Enjoy a sack lunch in Yosemite Valley.

Afternoon: After lunch your field trip guide will lead you on a tour of the magnificent Ahwahnee Hotel, where you'll marvel at the architecture, the basketry displays and the history inherent within its walls. If you'd prefer to explore other areas (such as the Ansel Adams Gallery, Indian Village & Museum, Visitor's Center, Yosemite Falls, etc., your group leader will assist you in planning your afternoon. Arrive at the appointed meeting place at the time designated by your group leader to board the bus for return to ECCO. Stops will be made along the way at Gates of the Valley and Tunnel View. You will arrive back at ECCO between 5 and 5:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Bus departs Yosemite Valley for return to ECCO. You will arrive at ECCO at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner at ECCO

Evening: Evening program after dinner.

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. (Access to sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM if we've just had a group depart.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however class is offered in the morning, and your 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, are climate-controlled and have hair dryers. Please bring your own shampoo and conditioner.

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. Wireless internet is available in Lyles Hall and on Lyles Hall deck. (Bring your own laptop.) Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby. 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 as a conference center we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times due to other groups having our facility booked.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 19 - Play 18 holes of golf at the Sierra Meadows Golf ...
Play 18 holes of golf at the Sierra Meadows Golf Course. This will be your second lesson with a PGA/LPGA Professional.

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: Refine your golf game with 18 holes at Sierra Meadows Golf Course in Ahwahnee. Sierra Meadows Country Club is set in a valley of mature oaks, tall pines and majestic cedar trees, and is just miles from Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake. Ideally situated above the fog of the Central Valley and below the snow line of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sierra Meadows is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the Central Valley. Open year-round, our 18-hole Sierra Meadows course will sufficiently challenge the experienced golfer while still allowing the novice golfer to enjoy himself. Sierra Meadows Course The 18-hole Golf Course has recently completed a $2-million dollar facelift. Many of the tees and fairways have been rebuilt, making the course fun for golfers of all levels. In addition, players will enjoy riding in our new fleet of Precedent Club Car electric golf carts. Our Signature Hole, Number 5 is a challenging par 3 that requires a 175 yard drive across water to a beautifully manicured Green. To nurture your game, golfers will find a full-length turf practice driving range, a large-scale putting green, a chipping green and an amply stocked golf shop.

Lunch: Lunch at Sierra Meadows Country Club

Afternoon: Continue at Sierra Meadows; take advantage of the driving range, learn from the Pros.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall

Evening: Evening program after dinner

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. (Access to sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM if we've just had a group depart.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however class is offered in the morning, and your 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, are climate-controlled and have hair dryers. Please bring your own shampoo and conditioner.

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. Wireless internet is available in Lyles Hall and on Lyles Hall deck. (Bring your own laptop.) Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby. 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 as a conference center we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times due to other groups having our facility booked.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 20 - Golf in Yosemite National Park
Note: Play the beautiful Wawona Golf Course

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: In the morning, after breakfast, learn more about Yosemite natural history from our instructor.

Lunch: Lunch in Lyles Dining Hall.

Afternoon: 12:45 p.m. Board the bus for a short journey up to Wawona, where you will have the opportunity to golf at the first regulation course in the Sierra Nevada when it opened in 1918, and has provided golfers challenging but rewarding rounds ever since. Designed by Walter G. Favarque to blend seamlessly into its spectacular surroundings, this nine-hole, par-35 national park golf course measures 3,050 yards and includes two par-five holes and three par-three holes. Different tee positions per side provide a par-70, 18-hole format. Golfers of every level enjoy the rolling terrain, variety of challenging holes and tranquil setting of this historic course. This Yosemite golf course is one of the few organic golf courses in the United States and is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. No pesticides are applied to the course and only reclaimed gray water is used for watering the greens. Those who prefer not to golf might enjoy a delightful trek around the meadow. The loop is approximately 3 miles and is mostly level.

Dinner: 5:45 p.m. Return to ECCO for Dinner

Evening: Evening program after dinner.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 21 - Departure Day
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: We hate to say "goodbye," but it's that time. We've left you with enough time to plan another day in Yosemite National Park or the opportunity to explore other areas of our beautiful Sierra Nevada--perhaps Nelder Grove, the Scenic Byway or the quaint town of Mariposa. We hope you'll come back again to enjoy another of our programs.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. Farewell lunch in Lyles Dining Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Bass LakeFish or swim in Bass Lake's beautiful blue waters.
For additional information, visit: www.basslakechamber.com/
Mariposa History CenterThis is a marvelous exploration of central California's early years.
For additional information, visit: mariposamuseum.com/
California State Mining & Mineral MuseumOne of the finest gem and mineral museums in the country.
For additional information, visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=588
Glacier PointGlacier Point is a view of Yosemite not to be missed, and, except on rare occasions, we can't take you there. (Large buses are not permitted.) The drive is one and a half hours each way but well worth the effort.
For additional information, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier_Point
Mariposa GroveMariposa Grove is a sequoia grove located near Wawona, California in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. It is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree. Two of its trees are among the Twenty Five largest Giant Sequoias in the world.
For additional information, visit: www.yosemite.ca.us/mariposa_grove_of_giant_sequoias/
Nelder GroveWe find Nelder Grove the most peaceful and soothing of the Yosemite-area giant sequoia groves. It's in a narrow draw with a brook flowing through the center of it, and besides the giant sequoias, you'll find lots of other big evergreens, especially cedars, plus several dogwoods.
For additional information, visit: www.yosemitehikes.com/not-yosemite/nelder-grove/nelder-grove.htm
Sierra Mono Indian MuseumThe North Fork Mono Families first incorporated in 1966 to form the Sierra Mono Museum for the purpose of preserving Tribal history. The museum offers both static and living history experience. The doors have been open to the public since 1971. Permanent collections include a wide variety of Native American baskets and cultural artifacts. Also on display is the Tettleton Wildlife Diorama Collection consisting of over 100 freestanding taxidermy animals of North America and Asia. Other collections include historical photographs, cultural items, beadwork and weapons. Our gift shop is stocked with locally made authentic Indian Crafts, books and gifts. Every Thursday, Elders gather to weave, bead and dine on potluck lunch. During the fall they can be found cracking acorn for holiday events or cleaning Sourberry and Redbud sticks for weaving supplies. Guided tours offer a walk through the collections, stories, songs, and nature walk with signage explaining usage of indigenous plants. Classes in language and Basketry are held throughout the year. Visiting the museum offers a glimpse at Mono Indian lifestyles of yesterday and today.
For additional information, visit: www.sierramonomuseum.org/
Golfing1) River Creek Golf Course - www.rivercreekgolfcourse.com/ - 9-hole course in Ahwahnee, 5 miles from ECCO 2) Sierra Meadows Country Club - www.sierrameadows.com/ - 18-hole course in Ahwahnee, 5 miles from ECCO 3) Wawona Golf Course - www.yosemitepark.com/activities_warmweatheractivities_golfing.aspx - 20 miles from ECCO, within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park
Oakhurst, CA
Bass LakeFish or swim in Bass Lake (a 15-minute drive)
California Mining & Mineral MuseumIn Mariposa, about 30 minutes from Oakhurst. One of the finest gem and mineral museums in the country.
For additional information, visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=588
Glacier PointGlacier Point is a view of Yosemite not to be missed, and, except on rare occasions, we can't take you there. (Large buses are not permitted.) The drive is one and a half hours each way but well worth the effort.
For additional information, visit: www.yosemitefun.com/glacier_point.htm
GolfGolf in Oakhurst (15 minutes) - River Creek Golf Course - www.rivercreekgolfcourse.com/ Sierra Meadows Country Club - www.sierrameadows.com/ Wawona Golf Course (inside Yosemite National Park) - www.yosemitepark.com/activities_warmweatheractivities_golfing.aspx
For additional information, visit: See above
Hiking OpportunitiesThe Sierra Nevada foothills and the southern area of Yosemite National Park abound with hiking opportunities, on trails of varying lengths and difficulty: Way of the Mono - at Bass Lake - a 1 mile self-interpretive loop Nelder Grove: Shadow of the Giants Trail - 1 mile self-interpretive loop open late spring through fall; also in Nelder Grove: the trail to the Bull Buck tree. This magnificient specimen of a Giant Sequoia tree reaches a height of 246 feet (75 m) and has a ground-level circumference of 100 feet (30 m)
Mariposa History CenterIn Mariposa, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This is a marvelous exploration of central California's early years.
For additional information, visit: mariposamuseum.com/
Nelder GroveAbout 7 miles from ECCO, this is your opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some ancient giant sequoias. Shadow of the Giants is an easy one-mile walking trail.
For additional information, visit: www.yosemitehikes.com/not-yosemite/nelder-grove/nelder-grove.htm
Sierra Mono MuseumIn North Fork, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This Indian-owned and operated museum features one of the finest collections of Indian basketry around.
For additional information, visit: www.sierramonomuseum.org/
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RailroadAn exciting 4-mile railroad excursion at Yosemite Park's south gate on highway 41. Ride into history where powerful locomotives once hauled massive log trains through the Sierra mountains. Where mighty lumberjacks felled the timber and flumes carried lumber to the distant valley below. The Sierra National Forest's majestic woods provide the backdrop for the narrow gauge journey back in time. The Jenny Cars may operate at times when the Narrow Gauge is not available.
For additional information, visit: www.ymsprr.com/

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