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OAKHURST, CALIFORNIA

Photograph Yosemite: Capturing Waterfalls, Cliffs, and Domes

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Program #8713RJ
5 Days | 4 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
ECCO's elevation is approx. 3,100 ft. On field trips bus may briefly stop at an elevation of 6,000.

Itinerary for Feb 16 — Feb 20, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. Our dining room overlooks a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons--and one mute swan. We are set back from the highway 1 mile , away from traffic and noise. It's a perfect place to reflect, relax and learn. We are at the gateway to Yosemite, only 12 miles from the southern entrance to the park and about 45 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. As you enjoy a walk on our grounds, you may find yourself accompanied by mule deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.

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

Room amenities: Climate-controlled, hair dryers.

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

Additional nights before:
Because we are a conference center, we are not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 16 - Arrivals and Orientation
Note: Plan on cold crisp mornings and frost or snow covered meadows. Moderate walks of 1-2 miles at elevations: 4,000 to 7,000 feet. Most will be at the 4,000 foot level. All experience levels, beginning to advanced, digital or film cameras, welcome.

Dinner: Please plan to arrive at ECCO between 3 to 5 p.m.--but no earlier than 2 p.m., please. Unfortunately, staff may not be available to assist outside of those hours. After check-in, take time to relax before our get-acquainted social hour. During our social hour, we will have a short orientation time to help answer your questions and properly welcome you to our home. Dinner follows at 6. We regret that we cannot hold dinners for those who arrive late so please plan accordingly.

Evening: After dinner, your group leader will finish program orientation and lead a get-to-know-you session. Immediately afterward, the Instructor will give a class overview and answer your questions. then your instructor gives you an introduction to the class material. Afterward, we'll show the award winning short film "The Spirit of Yosemite."

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. Our dining room overlooks a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons--and one mute swan. We are set back from the highway 1 mile , away from traffic and noise. It's a perfect place to reflect, relax and learn. We are at the gateway to Yosemite, only 12 miles from the southern entrance to the park and about 45 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. As you enjoy a walk on our grounds, you may find yourself accompanied by mule deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.

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

Room amenities: Climate-controlled, hair dryers.

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

Additional nights before:
Because we are a conference center, we are not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 17 - Class to Assess Skills and Learn Basic Instructio...
Class to Assess Skills and Learn Basic Instruction Followed by Free Time

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. -Breakfast served in Lyles Dining hall. All meals at ECCO are served buffet style. Food options include, but are not limited to, hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, eggs, meat, starch, and bread. Our beverage bar, including coffee, is accessible 24 hours.

Morning: Enjoy class time with the instructor, John Boyd, a local professional photographer. The class is appropriate for beginners and advanced photographers. No matter your current ability level, you'll leave ready to capture the magnificent landscape of Yosemite. He and his wife also both offer hands-on training with your individual equipment.

Lunch: 12 noon - Lunch in Lyles Hall.

Afternoon: Class resumes. If weather permits, we'll take a photo walk on ECCO grounds. ECCO is situated next to a pond, alive with waterfowl, is located on 160 forested acres, and a popular place to see wildlife. We are excited for you to test your skills on our ground.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall at 6:00 p.m. Dinner options often include, but are not limited to, soup, salad, a meal entree, vegetable entree, a starch, bread, and dessert. Help yourself, and come back for more!

Evening: Enjoy an evening presentation that may include a live birds of prey presentation, living history, musical talent, or other relaxing and educational experiences. All evening programs are optional. Lyles hall is accessible 24 hour and is a wonderful place to lounge in your free time. We have wifi, cable TV, a warm wood stove, comfortable couches, reading material, puzzles and games. It is a wonderful place to nurture new friendships.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst

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

Description: ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. Our dining room overlooks a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons--and one mute swan. We are set back from the highway 1 mile , away from traffic and noise. It's a perfect place to reflect, relax and learn. We are at the gateway to Yosemite, only 12 miles from the southern entrance to the park and about 45 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. As you enjoy a walk on our grounds, you may find yourself accompanied by mule deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.

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

Room amenities: Climate-controlled, hair dryers.

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

Additional nights before:
Because we are a conference center, we are not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 18 - Itinerary Subject to Change - Photo Walk in Yosem...
Note: A good amount of standing and walking is required. There is very little, if any, up or downhill walking required, however, sometimes the walking surface is a meadow, dirt, or uneven pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Hall. While breakfast time is TBA, it will likely be an early morning as to catch the beautiful morning light on high granite walls of Yosemite Valley.

Morning: Board the bus for Yosemite Valley. You will stop at some of the most iconic destinations on earth. Additionally, your instructors will give you an inside tour of the Valley as to get unique shots that are likely to please. Bring your creativity!

Lunch: Sack lunch in Yosemite Valley. Eat among the dramatic cliffs, domes, waterfalls.

Afternoon: Photo walk in Yosemite Valley with instructor. Those who do not wish to participate in the photo walk are free to explore the Valley's wonders on their own. (Free shuttle buses are available on the valley floor.) Around 3:30pm, board bus to return to ECCO.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall at 6:00 p.m. After dinner, meet with your group leader to discuss the procedure for the following days' field trips.

Evening: Enjoy an evening presentation by local experts and talent.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst

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

Description: ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. Our dining room overlooks a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons--and one mute swan. We are set back from the highway 1 mile , away from traffic and noise. It's a perfect place to reflect, relax and learn. We are at the gateway to Yosemite, only 12 miles from the southern entrance to the park and about 45 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. As you enjoy a walk on our grounds, you may find yourself accompanied by mule deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.

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

Room amenities: Climate-controlled, hair dryers.

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

Additional nights before:
Because we are a conference center, we are not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 19 - Itinerary Subject to Change - Photo Walk in Yosem...
Breakfast: Breakfast in Llyes Hall. Likely, we'll start our day a little later so that we can rest up for a later evening. Our goal is to catch a dynamic, colorful sunset in the Park!

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria. Enjoy many hot options and eat near the base of Yosemite Falls.

Afternoon: Take advantage of the instructor's inside knowledge of famed views in Yosemite. Likely, we will be photographing past sunset to capture the unique colors cast in Sierra Nevada range.

Dinner: At the sunset photo location, enjoy a boxed dinner provided by ECCO. Eat near your camera in case the conditions quickly become perfect to capture the "it" photo. Hot drinks are provided.

Evening: Since we'll be arriving to ECCO in the dark, likely near 8:00PM, we will not provide an evening program. Instead, feel free to do as you please for the remainder of the evening. Lyles hall will be an inviting atmosphere for you to lounge and browse your pictures.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, February 20 - Class to Share Your Photos with Instructor and Ot...
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. breakfast in Lyles Hall. Please vacate your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. so our housekeeping staff may prepare for our next group's arrival; however your program continues with class following breakfast. Please return keys, lanyard, and recyclable materials to your group leader.

Morning: At 9:00 a.m. class convenes. This is your opportunity to show your fellow students and your instructor the photos you've taken during your stay at ECCO and your field trips to Yosemite Valley. Your instructor will critique your photos at your request.

Lunch: Lunch and farewell.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Oakhurst
Bass LakeBass Lake is one of the most popular vacation spots in Central California. The lake was created back in 1899. It was enlarged 6 years later, and work on the present dam began in 1909. At 3,500 feet in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, the 4-mile long lake is on the north fork of Willow Creek which is a tributary of the San Joaquin River. Its waters turn powerful, electricity-producing turbine engines for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the world's largest non-government utility. Because of its altitude, it's not unsual for Bass Lake to have snow on the ground for several weeks during the winter--not tons of snow...but enough snow to carry chains in your trunk...and, as locals put it, enough snow to be beautiful but not bothersome. Bass Lake is popular for all of the right reasons. It's close to California's Central Valley (1 hour from Fresno) via Highway 41 and only 20 minutes from Yosemite. Nature lovers appreciate the lake, and so do fishermen--it's stocked with trout, bass, salmon, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Water skiers appreciate the warm water--75 to 78 degrees in the summer. The lake has excellent marina facilities.
Fresno Flats Historical SiteFresno Flats Historic Park recaptures the flavor of 19th Century life in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains of Central California. Eastern Madera County is the southern end of the historic Mother Lode gold fields, but the people who settled here came not so much for gold but more to build their lives and raise their families, making their living as farmers, merchants and using the rich natural resources of the mountains. The museum complex is built around two restored and furnished homes dating to the 1870s. Both have been designated by the State of California as Points of Historical Interest for their unique construction styles once common throughout Northern California, but virtually unknown today. They were saved from demolition, moved to Fresno Flats Historical Park and restored by the volunteers of Sierra Historic Sites Association, as were a pair of early-day one-room schools, two 19th Century jails and several other farm buildings.
For additional information, visit: www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org/about.html
Sierra Mono MuseumSierra Mono Indian Museum Roads 225 & 228, North Fork 9:00 - 4:00 Tuesday-Saturday 559-877-2115 Admission: $3/Adults $2/Seniors $1/Students The North Fork Mono Tribe is the original inhabitant of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The tribe consists of two clans: the golden eagle and the coyote, both of which are represented at the entrance to the museum. The Mono way of life is featured in the museum through examples of fishing, hunting, acorn gathering, cooking, healing, basketmaking, games and ceremonies. Also featured is the Tettleton Wildlife Collection, one of the finest in California.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RailroadThe Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a restoration of the old narrow gauge Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company Railroad. A section of the original railbed has been reconstructed using the same techniques used at the turn of the century. Two vintage Shay steam locomotives have been brought in from the Westside Lumber company and restored to provide authentic motive power for the trains. Shay number 15 was built in 1913 and weighs 60 tons. Number 10, built in 1928 weighs 83 tons and is the heavest operating narrow guage Shay locomotive today. Railcars once used to provide transportation for logging and track repair crews have been refurbished and are now operated for passenger excursion. Antique Model "A" Ford gas engines power the trolley-like "Jenny" cars over the route.
For additional information, visit: www.ymsprr.com/
Yosemite Sierra Visitors BureauCheck out the Yosemite-Sierra Visitors' Bureau for the wealth of activities available to visitors to our area, from photo, art and antique galleries to outdoor recreation activities to many sites of historical interest.
For additional information, visit: www.yosemitethisyear.com

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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Included
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4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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