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OAKHURST, CALIFORNIA

Yosemite at Her Wintertime Best by Snowshoe

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Program #21317RJ
5 Days | 4 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
Conference Center: 3,100 ft. Max elevation of field trip: 7,800 ft.

Itinerary for Jan 27 — Jan 31, 2014

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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.eccoyosemite.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: Monday, January 27 - 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 answer all of your questions. It is our pleasure to make this a comfortable and memorable experience.

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. All meals are served buffet style so choose what appeals to you and come back for more! Dinner is served until 6:20 p.m., and we regret we're not able to save plates for late arrivals.

Evening: After dinner, we will have the remainder of our orientation session followed by introductions and a short award-winning video, "The Spirit of Yosemite." 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. (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.eccoyosemite.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: Tuesday, January 28 - Snowshoe in the grand Mariposa Grove of Giant Seq...
Snowshoe in the grand Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias inside Yosemite National Park.

Note: Mariposa Grove is at an elevation of 5,000 ft. Throughout the snowshoe walk there will be less than 1,000 feet in elevation gain. The walk may cover up to 8 miles with a difficulty rating of 1 and 2 (on a scale of 1-3 with 1 being easiest.)

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall and pack your own sack lunch. 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: Depart on the bus to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. As a group we trek with a Park Ranger from the entrance of the park to the grand grove of ancient trees. Everyone gets to try their knack for snow shoes while adjusting to exercise at over 5,000ft above sea level.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch while surrounded by the beauty and serenity of Yosemite in the winter

Afternoon: Continue the snowshoe walk while learning about the ecology of the Giant Sequoias. Learn about the early explorers and the Native American who once thrived in the area.

Dinner: Dinner at ECCO in Lyles Dining hall overlooking our pond.

Evening: Evening program - Each evening's program may consist of a video,a live birds of prey presentation, a living history presentation, stories from Yosemite or a sing-a-long. 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. (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.eccoyosemite.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: Wednesday, January 29 - Bus tour of Yosemite Valley with interpretation b...
Bus tour of Yosemite Valley with interpretation by a Park Ranger. Lunch is provided at the world famous Ahwahnee hotel.

Note: This tour allows guests to rest after a fun filled day of snowshoeing. The second half of the day includes free time to explore Yosemite Valley.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: Board bus for Yosemite Valley. Bus departs at 9:00 a.m. or as soon as everyone is aboard. Your instructor/field trip guide continues interpretation of the cultural and natural history of the are, as you travel. 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. Even if you've been to Yosemite 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: Enjoy lunch at the world famous Ahwahnee hotel in the heart of 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.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00pm in Lyles Dinning Hall.

Evening: Evening program - Each evening's program may consist of a video,a live birds of prey presentation, a living history presentation, stories from Yosemite or a sing-a-long. 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. (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.eccoyosemite.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 Four: Thursday, January 30 - Getting into the pristine back country, choose to...
Getting into the pristine back country, choose to Snowshoe or cross country ski at higher elevations.

Note: Guests should be prepared to exercise at elevations that range from 7,000 to 8,000ft. Unless one opts to downhill ski, guests should expect a more strenuous day with grand rewards of spectacular view.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining hall and pack your own sack lunch

Morning: After lunch depart on our bus to Badger Pass. The drive is approx one hour on winding country roads. Once at Badger Pass, each individual in the group may choose one activity for the day. Choices include snowshoe a moderately challenging course to a vast view of Yosemite Valley from the south rim, cross country ski to a pristine meadow and possibly an overlook, or downhill ski at Yosemite's Badger Pass ski area. All rentals and passes are included.

Lunch: Eat your sack lunch while enjoying the solitude and untouched beauty of Yosemite's back country.

Afternoon: Continue the guided winter adventure and meet back at the bus at the predetermined time. Expect to arrive back at ECCO between 5:00 and 5:30pm. Share photos and stories while returning to ECCO.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00pm in Lyles Dining Hall

Evening: Evening program - Each evening's program may consist of a video,a live birds of prey presentation, a living history presentation, stories from Yosemite or a sing-a-long. 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. (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.eccoyosemite.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 Five: Friday, January 31 - Top off an action-packed week with discussion tim...
Top off an action-packed week with discussion time with our Park Ranger. Discuss current issues that our parks and wilderness are facing.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining hall at 8:00 am.

Morning: In a classroom, discuss current park challenges. Share your experiences and discuss the role we play in preserving and utilizing wilderness and parks.

Lunch: 11:30am lunch in Lyles Dining Hall and depart.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Oakhurst, CA
Antiques & Art GalleriesA variety of antique stores and art galleries offer shopping/browsing opportunities in Bass Lake and Oakhurst, both about 15 minutes from ECCO.
Bass LakeAbout 15 minutes from ECCO, Bass Lake offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and relaxing.
California Mining & Mineral MuseumIn Mariposa, about 30 minutes from Oakhurst. One of the finest gem and mineral museums in the country.
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.nps.gov/yose
GolfOakhurst boasts 2 golf courses, about 15 minutes from ECCO.
Mariposa History CenterIn Mariposa, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This is a marvelous exploration of central California's early years.
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.
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.

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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