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Program #11785RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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 trip bus may stop at elevation of 8,000 ft.

Itinerary for Mar 24 — Mar 27, 2013

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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.conferencecenter.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, March 24 - Registration/Introductions
Arrive To: Registration in Lyles Hall from 3 to 5 PM.

Afternoon: Social Hour - An opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow participants. Beverages will be served along with assorted hors d'oeuvre. A short initial orientation will be included.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: A short program of introductions and program information follows dinner. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax and recover from your day's journey.

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.conferencecenter.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, March 25 - Class - "A Rocky Start - A Bit about Yosemite/Sie...
Class - "A Rocky Start - A Bit about Yosemite/Sierra Nevada Geology" and "Floral Life Zones of the Sierra Nevada"

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall.

Morning: Class - "A Rocky Start - A Bit about Yosemite/Sierra Nevada Geology." Please note that this and subsequent classes may involve walking on ECCO grounds to enhance and illustrate your natural history studies. If mobility is an issue, please contact coordinator to discuss. For those who prefer not to walk, you'll have an opportunity to look over our selection of reference materials.

Lunch: Lunch in Lyles Hall. - Lunch may include a sandwich bar or a hot entrée. These may be offered with a homemade soup of the day and salad bar, along with a dessert.

Afternoon: Class - "Floral Life Zones of the Sierra Nevada." Preparation for Yosemite National Park field trip.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall. Dinner features a delicious main entrée of beef, chicken, fish or pasta, along with potatoes or rice, vegetables, salad bar, rolls and dessert.

Evening: Evening program - Each evening's program may consist of a video or a live birds of prey display and discussion or living history presentation. 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.conferencecenter.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, March 26 - Field Trip - Yosemite Valley
Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall, to enable us to get an early start on our field trip to Yosemite Valley.

Morning: Board bus for Yosemite Valley. Your instructor/field trip guide continues her natural history lessons with examples in the field, as you travel from ECCO's oak woodlands terrain through the conifer forest, dropping down into the glacially-carved valley of Yosemite. 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. If mobility is an issue, please contact coordinator for further information. 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. Note that this is not an active outdoor program; however this and the field trip on Day 3 may include walks of varying lengths to enhance and illustrate the natural history subjects being taught.

Lunch: Sack lunch in Yosemite Valley. Depending on your choice of free-time activities following lunch, you may want to allow yourself more time by eating your lunch "on the fly."

Afternoon: After lunch you will have a number of options, which your host will have explained during the “Preparation for Yosemite Field Trip” presentation. Because time in the valley is very limited, you will have to make choices of what you wish to see. Examples: Walk to the Indian Museum/Visitor Center/Ansel Adams Gallery; Walk to Yosemite Falls; Take the shuttle to the Ahwahnee Hotel; Walk to Mirror Lake or Vernal Falls Bridge (you will have to hurry); Ride the shuttle around the valley.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall followed by presentation of certificates of completion.

Evening: Evening program after dinner.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, March 27 - Final Class - "Fur & Feathers: Animals of Yosemit...
Final Class - "Fur & Feathers: Animals of Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada" - and Departure

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall. Note: We ask that you vacate your sleeping rooms, return your keys, lanyards and evaluations to your host prior to 9:00 AM so that our housekeeping staff can prepare for our incoming group(s).

Morning: Class - "Fur & Feathers: Animals of Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada."

Lunch: Farewell lunch and departure.

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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9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
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2 Performances

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