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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 Oct 20 — Oct 25, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

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: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 20 - Registration/Move-In, Tour, Dinner, Overview, Pre...
Note: All participants will be welcomed and will receive a tour of the facility upon arrival. Dinner and an overview of the week will follow as well as the night presentation of how to become a better photographer.

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 a southern meal by some of the best cooks in the south.

Evening: We will spend some time getting to know each other and learning about the activities that will occur during the week.

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

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: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 21 - Breakfast, Stumphouse Tunnel, Isaqueena Falls, Ch...
Breakfast, Stumphouse Tunnel, Isaqueena Falls, Cha Ram Park, Lecture, Dinner, Sunset Shoot

Note: Participants will enjoy a day traveling to Stumphouse Tunnel, Isaqueena Falls and Cha Ram Park for some great shots. After lunch, a lecture on digital photography focused on flowers, sunsets, and waterfalls. The day will be concluded with a sunset shoot on-site.

Breakfast: A hot southern breakfast will be served

Morning: Instruction will be provided in basic photography, digital photography and equipment use

Lunch: A southern lunch will be served before we go out photographing

Afternoon: The afternoon will be spent using the skills you have learned. We will visit the SC Department of Natural Resources Fish Hatchery and Stumphouse Tunnel. 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.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the dinning room

Evening: After dinner there will be informal discussions and learning

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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

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: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 22 - Breakfast, Lake Jocassee, Lunch at Devils Fork St...
Breakfast, Lake Jocassee, Lunch at Devils Fork State Park, Travel to Upper Whitewater Falls, Dinner, Close-Up Photography Lecture

Note: Participants will travel to Lake Jocassee for a boat tour and photo shoot. A picnic lunch will be served at Devils Fork State Park followed by a trip to the Upper Whitewater Falls for a photo shoot. After dinner on-site, a lecture on close-up photography.

Breakfast: A full hot southern 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: We will enjoy lunch 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 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: Time will be spent reviewing the days accomplishments and providing instruction.

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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

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: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 23 - Breakfast, SC Botanical Gardens, Hagood Mill, Fre...
Breakfast, SC Botanical Gardens, Hagood Mill, Free Time, Dinner, Review Photos

Note: The day will be started off with breakfast on-site proceeded by a trip to the SC Botanical Gardens on Clemson University's campus for a photo shoot. A picnic will be held at the gardens with a trip back to YLI Headquarters with an option for free time for participants to explore the area or for needed rest and relaxation on-site. After dinner, participants will work one-on-one to review their photographs with the Instructor.

Breakfast: Enjoy a southern breakfast

Morning: Enjoy taking pictures at Table Rock State Park. The park provides a towering backdrop for an Upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The 3,083 park includes trails where photographers can wonder.

Lunch: A bag lunch will be provided and enjoyed at the State Park

Afternoon: Caesars Head State Natural Area- An excellent location for nature enthusiasts at 3,266 feet above seal level. Caesars Head provides views of Table Rock, Pinnacle Mountain and other distant peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Dinner: Enjoy a southern dinner in our dinning room

Evening: Instruction will be provided. Work will be done in the digital dark room. Informal sharing will be done.

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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

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: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 24 - Breakfast, Sunrise Shoot at Caesar's Head State P...
Breakfast, Sunrise Shoot at Caesar's Head State Park and Table Rock State Park, Lunch, Lessons by Instructor, Dinner, View Photos

Note: The morning will start off early with a continental breakfast in order to travel to Caesar's Head State Park and Table Rock State Park for a sunrise shoot. Lunch will be served on-site following an optional lesson by the Instructor. Dinner and a final review of participant photos will finish out the day.

Breakfast: Enjoy a southern breakfast before we go to the Clemson campus.

Morning: Clemson University will be part of your photographic experience. Some items to photograph will include the South Carolina Botanical Garden, the very famous football stadium known as Death Valley, the Heritage House, the military plaza and Fort Hill/John C. Calhoun House. The SC Botanical Garden is 295 acres which features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants, both native and introduced, niche gardens; natural woodlands and streams, an arboretum and the only nature based sculpture collection of its kind in the nation. The John C. Calhoun House was once home to the Vice President to John Adams and Andrew Jackson. The home later became the home of his son in law, Thomas Green Clemson, founder of Clemson University.

Lunch: A bag lunch will be provided for our enjoyment at the University.

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

Dinner: A good old fashion southern BBQ will be featured on your last night. We will go to Hagood Mill for that meal. Hagood Mill is one of the "gems" of the SC Upstate. This 1845 gristmill served many generations of rural farm families until its closing in the mid 1960's. In 1972, Hagood Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1973 the property was donated to the County. Thus began a long off again on again process of restoration culminating with the mill being back in business on a monthly basis around Thanksgiving of 1997. Since that time the mill has operated the third Saturday of every month. These third Saturdays have become mini-festivals of traditional arts, folk life and music. The mill site has grown physically too. In 1997, there was just the mill building. Since that time, the barn was remodeled into a family farm exhibit, a visitor building was constructed, a 3/4 mile nature trail was developed, 2 historic log cabins were relocated to the site, a blacksmith shop was built, a moonshine display was added and a large outdoor stage as well. Recently, a complete cotton ginner operation was donated and brought to the site for restoration. In 2003, perhaps the most exciting development at the site occurred when Native American petroglyphs (rock cravings) were discovered on a large 30 foot long rock near the mill. Archaeologist Tommy Charles said this is "one of the most impressive petroglyph sites discovered in SC. There are 17 human figures plus unbend of abstract motifs carved on the host rock. The human figures represent all but 2 that have been recorded in SC".

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
Type: Conference Center

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: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 25 - Breakfast, Picasa Demonstration, Lunch, Closing C...
Breakfast: A hot southern breakfast will be featured

Morning: We will go to the small town of Pendleton, SC to obtain our final photographs. Pendleton Historic District is list on the National Register of Historic Places and includes 6,316 acres. The district features more than 40 points of interest. The unique features and Southern hospitality make this historic district one of the most visited places in America.

Lunch: Our closing ceremony will feature lunch in our dinning hall

Lodging: Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

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