PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, go over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.
ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and any other administrative issues as well as answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Dinner at hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this program offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants and grandchildren introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco AirportMeals Included: Dinner
For tens of thousands of years, humans have changed, and have been changed by, this place we now call Yosemite. “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter,” said famed naturalist John Muir. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. Two wild and scenic rivers, the Tuolumne and Merced rivers, begin in the park and flow west to the Central Valley. Yosemite is one of the first wilderness parks in the United States and encompasses nearly 1200 square miles.Lunch: Lunch in El PortalAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: We board the motor coach and continue to Yosemite Valley with our instructor and naturalist, Becky Zentmyer. First we will stop at El Capitan for an overview of rock climbing. El Capitan is a favorite for experienced rock climbers. Rising more than 3,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is the largest monolith of granite in the world.
Then we move on to Tunnel View for a photo op of the world famous view of the Valley. Half Dome is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Yosemite. Rising nearly 5,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Yosemite.
Next we travel back into the Valley and check into the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.Dinner: Dinner at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Food Court. Dinner coupon will have $18 value. Purchases over $18 will be an out-of-pocket expense of individual.Evening: CLASS: Drew's Ten Tips for Successful Photography: An Orientation to PhotographyLodging: Yosemite Lodge at the FallsMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The bus will return to Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and the group will walk from the Lodge to view Lower Yosemite Falls.Lunch: Picnic lunch at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls or Happy IslesAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Ride the free Yosemite Valley Shuttle bus from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls to Happy Isles.
After Happy Isles, we will get back on the shuttle bus and ride to the Mirror Lake bus stop. Participants who want to skip the 2 mile hike to Mirror Lake may stay on the shuttle and ride it back to Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. If you join Becky on the hike to Mirror Lake, ride the shuttle back to the Lodge after the hike is over.Dinner: Dinner at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Food Court. Dinner coupon will have $18 value. Purchases over $18 will be an out-of-pocket expense of individual.Evening: PERFORMANCE: An Evening with John MuirLodging: Yosemite Lodge at the FallsMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tioga Pass Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive between Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows through forests and past meadows, lakes, and granite domes. Tuolumne Meadows is a large, open sub-alpine meadow graced by the winding Tuolumne River and surrounded by majestic peaks and domes. Olmsted Point looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east--and from a very different angle.
At Crane Flat we'll walk the nature trail in the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at Tenaya Lake, a magnificent High Sierra lake surrounded by granite domes, lodgepole forests and Yosemite’s vast wilderness. The lake offers the chance for the kids to take a memorable swim in the midst of the dramatic scenery.
Please be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty at Tenaya Lake. One needs to be able to swim in order to go into the lake. Grandparents will be responsible for watching their grandchildren if they go swimming in the lake.Dinner: Dinner at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Food Court. Dinner coupon will have $18 value. Purchases over $18 will be an out-of-pocket expense of individual.Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax or attend one of the NPS evening programs listed in the Yosemite Guide.Lodging: Yosemite Lodge at the FallsMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Design, carve and print your own unique block print with a Yosemite animal themeLunch: Lunch at Degnan's Deli in Yosemite VillageAfternoon: CLASS: Photography walk to capture iconic landmarks of the Park.
Free time to further explore the park, hike some of the many paths and trails the park offers or revisit favorite spots.Dinner: Dinner at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Food Court. Dinner coupon will have $18 value. Purchases over $18 will be an out-of-pocket expense of individual.Evening: Children make memory folders after dinner and then enjoy a NPS ranger program in the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Amphitheatre with grandparents.Lodging: Yosemite Lodge at the FallsMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our 'Share an American Icon with your Grandchild: Yosemite National Park' program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch