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Program #2479RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
One photographic location is 3,266 above sea level

Equipment Requirements
Digital Camera, tripod and lenses if you have them; laptop computer and software if you have them

Itinerary for May 11 — May 16, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Top-notch facilities combined with a knowledgeable, friendly staff make the Youth Learning Institute Education Center the perfect place for a Road Scholar program. The Center is situated on 33 acres with a view of Table Rock Mountain, this multi-use facility offers much more than meets the eye. Site features classrooms, meeting spaces, technology lab, pottery center and music studio.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Rd
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
web: www.clemson.edu/yli

Room amenities: No televisions or telephones in the sleeping rooms. You are free to enjoy television in the common area of the lodging or in the "the den" of the main building. The den features a flat screen television and leather couches and chairs.

Facility amenities: exercise room and technology lab

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 11 - Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Picken...
Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC/Welcome/Tour of Education Center/ Presentation

Note: Lecture

Arrive To: Arrive at the Education Center that overlooks Table Rock State Park

Afternoon: Become familiar with your surroundings and meet each other during this welcoming ceremony.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Youth Learning Institute's Headquarters.

Evening: Lecture: How to be a better Photograph: Camera Controls & Photography Basics

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Top-notch facilities combined with a knowledgeable, friendly staff make the Youth Learning Institute Education Center the perfect place for a Road Scholar program. The Center is situated on 33 acres with a view of Table Rock Mountain, this multi-use facility offers much more than meets the eye. Site features classrooms, meeting spaces, technology lab, pottery center and music studio.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Rd
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
web: www.clemson.edu/yli

Room amenities: No televisions or telephones in the sleeping rooms. You are free to enjoy television in the common area of the lodging or in the "the den" of the main building. The den features a flat screen television and leather couches and chairs.

Facility amenities: exercise room and technology lab

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 12 - Photographing at Stumphouse Tunnel, Issaquenna Fa...
Photographing at Stumphouse Tunnel, Issaquenna Falls and Chu Ram Park; Sunset Shoot on site

Note: Walking and carrying camera equipment

Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be served.

Morning: Travel to Stumphouse Tunnel, Issaquena Falls and Chu Ram Park for the perfect photographic experience. The history of Stumphouse Tunnel is as rich as the surrounding land and carries with it stories of dreams, failure, hardship and opportunities. The dream was to develop a railroad line from Charleston, SC to Cincinnati, Ohio. The Blue Rail Line was completed from Charleston to Pendleton by the 1850's but the granite Stumphouse Mountain presented a major challenge. Fifteen hundred tunnel workers and their families made their home on Stumphouse Mountain in a town called Tunnel Hill. Most of the workers were Irish immigrants who were following their dreams to America. They worked 12 hour days, six days a week using only sledge hammers, hand drills and black powder. Tunnel Hill was a rough town with more saloons than churches. In 1854 Father Jeremiah Joseph O'Connell came to Tunnel Hill. He worked with the railway company to agree to fire anyone that did not remain sober. In 1850, the German Colonization Society of Charleston organized the town of Walhalla, which is about 6 miles to the southeast. Work continued in spite of the numerous problems including an unscrupulous construction company, high operating costs and the inability to secure consistent funding. State funds ran out in 1859. Before more money could be acquired, the War Between the States began. The town of Tunnel Hill faded into history. After the war, SC was in no position to continue with construction thus the tunnel remains unfinished today. It is one of the most visited historical sites in SC.

Lunch: Lunch will be served during the trip.

Afternoon: After your initial photography experience, come inside and learn more about digital photography. The focus will be on flowers, sunsets and waterfalls.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the dinning room

Evening: After dinner, we will step outdoors for a sunset shoot. Find your best spot and "shoot"!

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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

Description: Top-notch facilities combined with a knowledgeable, friendly staff make the Youth Learning Institute Education Center the perfect place for a Road Scholar program. The Center is situated on 33 acres with a view of Table Rock Mountain, this multi-use facility offers much more than meets the eye. Site features classrooms, meeting spaces, technology lab, pottery center and music studio.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Rd
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
web: www.clemson.edu/yli

Room amenities: No televisions or telephones in the sleeping rooms. You are free to enjoy television in the common area of the lodging or in the "the den" of the main building. The den features a flat screen television and leather couches and chairs.

Facility amenities: exercise room and technology lab

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 13 - Photographing on Boat at Lake Jocasee and then at...
Photographing on Boat at Lake Jocasee and then at White Water Falls/Review and instruction

Note: Riding on boat and walking approximately 1/2 mile to waterfalls on a paved path. Option to go down approximately 128 steps to another platform to obtain an even better view of the waterfall

Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be featured.

Morning: Enjoy taking pictures aboard our boat on Lake Jocasee. Lake Jocassee is tucked into the shadows of the blue ridge mountains. It is one of the most scenic lakes in the country with a back drop of mountains and several waterfalls that pour into the lake. The valley where the lake is located was once home to four mighty rivers. The Thompson, Whitewater, Horsepature and Toxaway rivers now all feed Lake Jacassee producing a cool and clear reservoir. The lake is surrounded by over 50,000 acres of protected state land. Lake Jocassee has 7,500 acres of water and 75 miles of shoreline. The recorded history of the Jocassee Gorges area dates back to 1539 when Hernando deSoto explored the area. South of what is now Lake Jocassee Dam was once Keowee Village or Keowee Town, the capital of Lower Cherokee Indians. In 1690, James Moore led a British expedition through the area in search of gold. In the late 1700's European settlers began moving to the region. Land grants in the Jocassee area were recorded as far back as 1791. During this era, professional market hunters used the area. Over time, more people moved into the mountains and valleys. Early settlers traveled along the well established network of Cherokee trails and trade routes. In 1916 the Toxawy Dam in NC failed. The flooding down the river removed much of the fertile topsoil and deposited rocks and boulders on family farms. After this, it was difficult to make a living off the land.

Lunch: At breakfast, you will make your own bag lunch. That way, you'll get just what you want. We'll enjoy that lunch lakeside at Devil Fork State Park. The park provides outdoor recreation in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the shores of Lake Jocassee.

Afternoon: Enjoy taking pictures at Upper White Water Falls. This is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. The falls plunge an amazing 411 feet! South Carolina's Lower Whitewater Falls drops another 400 feet. In the cool, moist shade of steep slopes and rock cliffs, wildflowers and salamanders abound. This wild land is also a perfect haven for a rich array of ferns, mosses and fungi. Enjoy the beauty of berries and blooms throughout the seasons

Dinner: Enjoy a great meal and dinner conversation

Evening: Sit back and enjoy learning about Macro Photography. Then, put your skills to work with guidance from the instructor.

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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

Description: Top-notch facilities combined with a knowledgeable, friendly staff make the Youth Learning Institute Education Center the perfect place for a Road Scholar program. The Center is situated on 33 acres with a view of Table Rock Mountain, this multi-use facility offers much more than meets the eye. Site features classrooms, meeting spaces, technology lab, pottery center and music studio.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Rd
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
web: www.clemson.edu/yli

Room amenities: No televisions or telephones in the sleeping rooms. You are free to enjoy television in the common area of the lodging or in the "the den" of the main building. The den features a flat screen television and leather couches and chairs.

Facility amenities: exercise room and technology lab

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 14 - Photographing at South Carolina Botanical Gardens...
Photographing at South Carolina Botanical Gardens on the Clemson University Campus. and Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center

Note: Walking and carrying camera equipment

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast prior to departure.

Morning: Enjoy taking pictures at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens located at Clemson University.

Lunch: At breakfast you will prepare your "custom made" bag lunch. Enjoy your lunch in the beautiful gardens at your leisure.

Afternoon: We'll travel to Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center for photographing and a picnic dinner. During most of its life, Hagood Mill was a busy center of commerce. The gristmill operated commercially until 1966. In 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as one of the oldest known surviving gristmills still producing grain products in South Carolina. Today visitors enjoy the 20 foot overshot water wheel, a 3/4 mile nature trail, two relocated cabins, a cotton gin, a moonshine display and the county's last WPA ear steel bridge. One exciting project includes the recent discovery of the pre-historic rock carvings. These petroglyphs will be protected, preserved and presented in what will soon be the South Carolina Rock Art Interpretive Center.

Dinner: Enjoy and evening meal and discuss your accomplishments with your fellow participants

Evening: Enjoy viewing everyone's photographs. These photographs will comprise the CD the instructor will develop after the program. The CD will be mailed to participants.

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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

Description: Top-notch facilities combined with a knowledgeable, friendly staff make the Youth Learning Institute Education Center the perfect place for a Road Scholar program. The Center is situated on 33 acres with a view of Table Rock Mountain, this multi-use facility offers much more than meets the eye. Site features classrooms, meeting spaces, technology lab, pottery center and music studio.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Rd
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
web: www.clemson.edu/yli

Room amenities: No televisions or telephones in the sleeping rooms. You are free to enjoy television in the common area of the lodging or in the "the den" of the main building. The den features a flat screen television and leather couches and chairs.

Facility amenities: exercise room and technology lab

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 15 - Sunrise shoot; Photographying at Caesar's Head St...
Sunrise shoot; Photographying at Caesar's Head State Park and Table Rock State Park

Note: Walking and carrying camera equipment

Breakfast: Enjoy a continential breakfast before we depart for the sunrise shoot.

Morning: Your photographic experience will include a sunrise shoot, a visit to Caesar's Head State Park and Table Rock State Park. Table Rock State Park provides a towering backdrop for an Upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The 3,083 acre park includes trails where photographers can wonder.

Lunch: During our visit to Table Rock State Park, we'll enjoy the bag lunches we made at breakfast.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy photographing the beautiful campus of Clemson University

Dinner: Dinner will be served at YLI Headquarters.

Evening: Photographs will be collected from each participant. The instructor will put together a show featuring those photographs. Each participant will receive a CD of those pictures.

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 16 - Lecture and Picassa Demonstration
Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be featured.

Morning: Lecture and Picassa Demonstration

Lunch: Our closing ceremony will feature lunch in our dining room

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
16 Hands-on experiences

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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