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Program #21346RJ
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
Elevations at field trip destinations are at about 4,000 ft.

Equipment Requirements
All equipment necissary will be provided except for a proper fishing license.

Itinerary for Jun 1 — Jun 5, 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: Sunday, June 01 - Welcome to our home! Arrival, social hour, dinner...
Dinner: Please plan to arrive at ECCO between 3 and 5 p.m. After check-in, take time to relax before our get-acquainted social hour with a brief orientation beginning at 5 p.m. Dinner follow at 6 p.m.

Evening: We'll have a time of getting to know our group leaders and other participants. After anwering questions, we'll end with a video introducing Yosemite.

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: Monday, June 02 - Dive into an overview class on area stream ecolog...
Dive into an overview class on area stream ecology. Fine tune your casting techniques with our experts. Finish the day with a fly tying class. Use those supplies and skills during your free time throughout the week.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles dining hall. Daily we serve a variety of item buffet style. Items may include a combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, toast or biscuit, breakfast sandwich, quiche, pancakes. Always available at breakfast is hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.

Morning: Meet your instructor, an avid fly fisher, who specializes in teaching. He will better acquaint us with local streams and valuable habitats they provide. Also, learn the art "reading the water."

Lunch: Lunch in Lyles dining hall.

Afternoon: Get fitted with the clothing and equipment you'll be using all week. Fine tune your casting skills at ECCO's pond with our professional fly fishing guides.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles dining hall. Dinner will feature a delicious main entree of beef, chicken, fish, or pasta. Always served with salad, vegetables,and dessert.

Evening: Join our lead instructor in a short fly tying class. All materials are included. Use that materials and skills to fly ties in your free time for the rest of the week.

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: Tuesday, June 03 - Fishing at the South Fork of the Merced River.
Note: The bus trip into Yosemite is about 1.5 hours each direction. Walking to the fishing location is approximately 1 mile, each direction, on uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles dining hall. Daily we serve a variety of item buffet style. Items may include a combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, toast or biscuit, breakfast sandwich, quiche, pancakes. Always available at breakfast is hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.

Morning: Class time. We will focus on learning more about different streams that originate in Yosemite. Emphasis will be on entomology. Together, we'll also study past, present and future park challenges as they relate to creek, streams, and rivers.

Lunch: Lunch at Lyles dining hall. Lunch includes a combination of several of items. Examples include Asian salad and spring rolls, taco bar, chef salad, Hamburger/Turkey burger or rib sandwiches. All entrees include salad and soup.

Afternoon: Board bus for fishing destination in the Yosemite National Park.

Dinner: A boxed dinner from ECCO will be provided to eat on location. Sit on shores of the wilderness stream and share stories of the "one that got away" . . . or the one that didn't!

Evening: Arrive back to the bus before dark and depart for ECCO.

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: Wednesday, June 04 - Sit back and relax on a wonderful bus tour of Yos...
Sit back and relax on a wonderful bus tour of Yosemite Valley. Enjoy lunch at the historic Wawona Hotel. Spend the afternoon and evening fishing Big Creek in the Wawona area of Yosemite.

Note: To access the fishing site, walking up to 1 mile each direction on uneven terrain is required.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles dining hall. Daily we serve a variety of item buffet style. Items may include a combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, toast or biscuit, breakfast sandwich, quiche, pancakes. Always available at breakfast is hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.

Morning: Board the bus for a field trip to Yosemite Valley. Stop at famous sites like tunnel view, Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Bridge, the Ahwahnee Hotel and El Capitan Meadows.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the historic Wawona Hotel.

Afternoon: Hike into a private corner of the meandering Big Creek to fish.

Dinner: A boxed dinner from ECCO will be provided to eat on location. Sit on shores of the wilderness stream and share stories of the "one that got away" . . . or the one that didn't!

Evening: Arrive back to the bus before dark and depart for ECCO.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, June 05 - Final class highlighting the health and quality o...
Final class highlighting the health and quality of the Yosemite area streams. Investigate past, present, and future park policies and challenges.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles dining hall. Daily we serve a variety of item buffet style. Items may include a combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, toast or biscuit, breakfast sandwich, quiche, pancakes. Always available at breakfast is hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.

Morning: Room check out is at 9:00 AM. Please vacate your room before the morning activity. We will take a short trip to Lewis Creek (1-5 miles from ECCO) and fish on this more technical stream. Our professional guide will help you put your recent improved techniques into practice.

Lunch: Lunch in Lyles dining hall. Please return your "rented" fishing equipment. Departure after lunch.

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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