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Thanksgiving in Yosemite: Celebration in the Sierra Nevada

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Program #16642RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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
3,100 ft

Itinerary for Nov 24 — Nov 28, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: ECCO is a conference center situated on 162 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles south of the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Our grounds are forested with oaks, incense cedar and manzanita, which provide a home to deer, raccoons, coyotes and squirrels. Our pond features a swan and other waterfowl as well as perch and bass. (Fishing is catch-and-release with barbless hooks.)

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

Room amenities: Rooms are individually climate-controlled with private baths. Each room has a hair dryer. Most rooms have wireless internet access.

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 basketball, volleyball, frisbee golf, soccer/football fields and a horseshoe pitch. Wireless internet is available in all meeting rooms and Lyles Dining Hall. Bring your own laptop or device. Lyles Dining hall is accessible 24 hours, including access to a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and hot/cold drinks. Walking/hiking trails are on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail onsite at ECCO. Reading material appropriate to each program is available in the dining hall. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries, shopping, recreation, and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.

Smoking policy: Yes
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 rarely able to accommodate early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, November 24 - Check in, Social Hour at 5pm and Dinner at 6pm.
Arrive To: You will be given specific arrival time/location instructions in your preparatory materials, which will be mailed to you no later than six (6) weeks prior to program start.

Afternoon: A get-acquainted social hour begins at 5 p.m. with wine, non-alcoholic beverages and hors d'oeuvre.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. in Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: At 7:00 p.m. we will give a brief orientation session, followed by introductions. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: ECCO is a conference center situated on 162 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles south of the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Our grounds are forested with oaks, incense cedar and manzanita, which provide a home to deer, raccoons, coyotes and squirrels. Our pond features a swan and other waterfowl as well as perch and bass. (Fishing is catch-and-release with barbless hooks.)

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

Room amenities: Rooms are individually climate-controlled with private baths. Each room has a hair dryer. Most rooms have wireless internet access.

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 basketball, volleyball, frisbee golf, soccer/football fields and a horseshoe pitch. Wireless internet is available in all meeting rooms and Lyles Dining Hall. Bring your own laptop or device. Lyles Dining hall is accessible 24 hours, including access to a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and hot/cold drinks. Walking/hiking trails are on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail onsite at ECCO. Reading material appropriate to each program is available in the dining hall. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries, shopping, recreation, and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.

Smoking policy: Yes
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 rarely able to accommodate early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, November 25 - Field Trip to Yosemite Valley and Lunch at the wo...
Field Trip to Yosemite Valley and Lunch at the world-famous Ahwahnee Hotel

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

Morning: Field trip to Yosemite Valley.

Lunch: Lunch at the world-famous, historic Ahwahnee Hotel, followed by a tour of its great rooms with their exquisite Indian basketry displays and elegant stained-glass windows.

Afternoon: If you choose, you may skip the Ahwahnee Hotel tour in order to explore other locations in Yosemite Valley such as the Ansel Adams Gallery, the Indian Museum and the Visitors Center. At approximately 3:00 p.m. board the bus for return to ECCO. You will arrive at ECCO at about 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall

Evening: A seasonal program will be presented after dinner.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

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

Description: ECCO is a conference center situated on 162 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles south of the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Our grounds are forested with oaks, incense cedar and manzanita, which provide a home to deer, raccoons, coyotes and squirrels. Our pond features a swan and other waterfowl as well as perch and bass. (Fishing is catch-and-release with barbless hooks.)

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

Room amenities: Rooms are individually climate-controlled with private baths. Each room has a hair dryer. Most rooms have wireless internet access.

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 basketball, volleyball, frisbee golf, soccer/football fields and a horseshoe pitch. Wireless internet is available in all meeting rooms and Lyles Dining Hall. Bring your own laptop or device. Lyles Dining hall is accessible 24 hours, including access to a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and hot/cold drinks. Walking/hiking trails are on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail onsite at ECCO. Reading material appropriate to each program is available in the dining hall. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries, shopping, recreation, and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.

Smoking policy: Yes
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 rarely able to accommodate early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, November 26 - Class Focusing on the Geology of Yosemite and Sie...
Class Focusing on the Geology of Yosemite and Sierra Nevada, Field Trip to Wawona's Pioneer History Center, and Class about Yosemite Artists & Their Influence

Breakfast: 8:00 am Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: Class "An Overview of Yosemite/Sierra Nevada Geology" with instructor Shirley Spencer.

Lunch: Lunch in Lyles Dining Hall

Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. Class "Yosemite Artists & Their Influence" with Shirley Spencer

Afternoon: At 2:45 p.m. board bus for short journey to Wawona's Pioneer History Center, for an examination of the pioneering years of Yosemite National Park, then mosey over to the enchanting Victorian Wawona Hotel, where you'll meet musician/historian Tom Bopp for a brief historical tour of the grounds.

Dinner: Dinner in the elegant dining room of the Wawona Hotel. Following your meal take a few minutes to listen to the music of Tom Bopp before returning to ECCO.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

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

Description: ECCO is a conference center situated on 162 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles south of the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Our grounds are forested with oaks, incense cedar and manzanita, which provide a home to deer, raccoons, coyotes and squirrels. Our pond features a swan and other waterfowl as well as perch and bass. (Fishing is catch-and-release with barbless hooks.)

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

Room amenities: Rooms are individually climate-controlled with private baths. Each room has a hair dryer. Most rooms have wireless internet access.

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 basketball, volleyball, frisbee golf, soccer/football fields and a horseshoe pitch. Wireless internet is available in all meeting rooms and Lyles Dining Hall. Bring your own laptop or device. Lyles Dining hall is accessible 24 hours, including access to a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and hot/cold drinks. Walking/hiking trails are on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail onsite at ECCO. Reading material appropriate to each program is available in the dining hall. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries, shopping, recreation, and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.

Smoking policy: Yes
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 rarely able to accommodate early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, November 27 - Free Time in the Morning before Our Thanksgiving ...
Free Time in the Morning before Our Thanksgiving Celebration, Followed by a Bell Concert in Walters Chapel

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast in Lyles Hall

Morning: After breakfast, take the morning to relax amid ECCO's tranquil grounds, or explore the surrounding area. At 11:00 a.m. join us, if you wish, for an optional Holy Eucharist service in Walters Chapel.

Afternoon: After dinner, continue to relax, socialize, enjoy games

Afternoon: At 12:15 gather in Lyles Hall for a social hour before our Thanksgiving celebration, including wine, sparkling cider and hors d'oeuvre.

Dinner: At 1:00 p.m. Our annual gala Thanksgiving Dinner Is served!

Evening: An interactive bell concert in Walters Chapel, led by Suzy Gazlay, assisted by Cindy Hoover. Suzy says "It is definitely a do-it-yourself bell "concert." Road Scholar folks will be ringing the chimes. It's guaranteed success with no note reading involved. That's what makes it so much fun!"

Evening: "Leftovers" are served at 6:00 p.m.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: ECCO is a conference center situated on 162 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles south of the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Our grounds are forested with oaks, incense cedar and manzanita, which provide a home to deer, raccoons, coyotes and squirrels. Our pond features a swan and other waterfowl as well as perch and bass. (Fishing is catch-and-release with barbless hooks.)

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

Room amenities: Rooms are individually climate-controlled with private baths. Each room has a hair dryer. Most rooms have wireless internet access.

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 basketball, volleyball, frisbee golf, soccer/football fields and a horseshoe pitch. Wireless internet is available in all meeting rooms and Lyles Dining Hall. Bring your own laptop or device. Lyles Dining hall is accessible 24 hours, including access to a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and hot/cold drinks. Walking/hiking trails are on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail onsite at ECCO. Reading material appropriate to each program is available in the dining hall. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries, shopping, recreation, and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.

Smoking policy: Yes
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 rarely able to accommodate early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, November 28 - Class about the Sierra Nevada Flora and Fauna, De...
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Hall.

Morning: 9:00 a.m. Class - a wrapup of the week's adventures, discussing Sierra Nevada flora and fauna.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. Enjoy an early lunch in Lyles Hall.

Afternoon: Depart for home or your next destination.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

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.
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5 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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4.7
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