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BEGINS IN: OAKHURST, CALIFORNIA

National Parks of the Sierra Nevada: Yosemite, King's Canyon and Sequoia

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Program #20197RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
ECCO's elevation is about 3,100 ft. The segment of the program in Sequoia is at 7000' in elevation.

Itinerary for Oct 5 — Oct 10, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. Our dining room overlooks a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons--and one mute swan. We are set back from the highway 1 mile , away from traffic and noise. It's a perfect place to reflect, relax and learn. We are at the gateway to Yosemite, only 12 miles from the southern entrance to the park and about 45 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. As you enjoy a walk on our grounds, you may find yourself accompanied by mule deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.

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

Room amenities: Climate-controlled, hair dryers.

Smoking policy: No
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 not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 05 - Check in 3:00PM. You are welcome to arrive earlie...
Check in 3:00PM. You are welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy our serine landscape, but there may not be staff available to assist you before 2:00PM. Please call us if you plan to arrive after 6:00PM.

Dinner: A social hour begins at 5:00 PM, with dinner at 6:00 PM. Dinner will not be served after 6:30 PM. Our meals are served buffet style. Help yourself to salad, a meat entree, vegetable, starch, rolls, and dessert.

Evening: A short program of introductions and program information follows dinner. We'll show a short video about Sequoia and Kings Canyons National Parks. The rest of the evening is left free for you to relax and recover from your day's journey. ECCO is a forested conference center located on 160 acres. The grounds feature hiking trails, multiple ponds, wildlife, a recreational field and sports court, and acres of meadows and nooks to quietly experience nature. Lodge rooms are private, simple, and comfortable. Our main hall, Lyles dining hall, is a wonderful place to relax and socialize. Available there is wifi, television, reading material, games, hot and cold drinks, guest fridge, and seating area with lovely views.

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Lodge is at 7,400 ft elevation, surrounded by Sequoia National Forest, and looks out over the Sierra Nevada range.

Contact info:
63410 Generals Hwy
Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633 USA
phone: 559-565-3388
Facility amenities: Buffet style meals, large indoor lounge, large outdoor deck, private lake.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Monday, October 06 - Depart for Sequoia & Kings Canyon. 1st stop is th...
Depart for Sequoia & Kings Canyon. 1st stop is the General Grant Tree for a walk & lunch. We will then hike to Tokopah Falls(1.7miles each way). Arrive at Montecito Sequioia Lodge in time lounge on deck that overlooks the Sierra Nevadas. After dinner we will do some star gazing.

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: We begin with a our trip to Kings Canyon and Sequoia. We will discuss and explore the 7 botanical zones of Kings Canyon. You will have opportunity to compare and contrast the three parks. In addition, we will discuss the history's of the three parks.

Lunch: 12 noon - We will have lunch at the General Grant Tree

Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. We will talk about the "Floral Life Zones of the Sierra Nevada" as we explore Kings Canyon.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner at Montecito Sequoia Lodge

Evening: Evening program - Astronomy- we will use both telescopes and the naked eye to discuss and identify the stars. The air very clear at 7000' elevation.

Lodging: Montecito Sequoia Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Lodge is at 7,400 ft elevation, surrounded by Sequoia National Forest, and looks out over the Sierra Nevada range.

Contact info:
63410 Generals Hwy
Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633 USA
phone: 559-565-3388
Facility amenities: Buffet style meals, large indoor lounge, large outdoor deck, private lake.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, October 07 - Field Trip - Sequoia National Park will be our ex...
Field Trip - Sequoia National Park will be our exploration for the day. We will visit the General Sherman Tree, believed to the largest tree in the world.

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - Breakfast will be at Montecito Sequoia Lodge.

Morning: Depart for field trip to Congress Loop which includes General Sherman Tree, the largest mass tree in the world.

Lunch: 12:00 noon Enjoy a sack lunch at the General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park.

Afternoon: Field trip continues to various nearby locations which may include Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow, and spectacular views of the Great Western Divide.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner at Montecito Sequoia Lodge

Evening: Live Birds of Prey presentation with Diane Gannar of Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Lodging: Montecito Sequoia Lodge

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

Description: ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. Our dining room overlooks a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons--and one mute swan. We are set back from the highway 1 mile , away from traffic and noise. It's a perfect place to reflect, relax and learn. We are at the gateway to Yosemite, only 12 miles from the southern entrance to the park and about 45 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. As you enjoy a walk on our grounds, you may find yourself accompanied by mule deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.

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

Room amenities: Climate-controlled, hair dryers.

Smoking policy: No
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 not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 08 - Today we will depart Sequoia/Kings Canyon and ret...
Today we will depart Sequoia/Kings Canyon and return to ECCO. After lunch we will depart for afternoon exploration of Mariposa Grove.We will walk up to 4 miles as we explore the various Sequoias as we learn the history of the preservation the grove.

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. Breakfast at Camp San Joaquin before we depart for Yosemite

Morning: 8:00 a.m. We will depart for ECCO.

Lunch: 12 noon Lunch in Lyles Dining Hall

Afternoon: 2:30 p.m. Free time to relax and enjoy our tranquil grounds or continue your exploration of local features

Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. We will depart for Mariposa Grove just 14 miles from ECCO for a walk, talk, and discussion of Mariposa Groves history and future.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall

Evening: Evening program after dinner

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst

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

Description: ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. Our dining room overlooks a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons--and one mute swan. We are set back from the highway 1 mile , away from traffic and noise. It's a perfect place to reflect, relax and learn. We are at the gateway to Yosemite, only 12 miles from the southern entrance to the park and about 45 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. As you enjoy a walk on our grounds, you may find yourself accompanied by mule deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.

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

Room amenities: Climate-controlled, hair dryers.

Smoking policy: No
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 not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 09 - Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point will be the hig...
Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point will be the highlights of the day. Bring the camera and some good walking shoes another great day of exploration.

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: 7:45 a.m. Board bus for Yosemite National Park (exact destination to be determined, depending on weather conditions); 8:00 a.m. Bus departs for Yosemite.This will be a big day with a first stop at Tunnelview. This is one of the most photographed places on earth. We will then continue on to Bridalveil Fall, the Ahwahnee Hotel, and Yosemite Valley Visitors Center.

Lunch: 12 noon Sack lunch in the park

Afternoon: Our very active day will continue with a visit to Yosemite Falls. We will then depart Yosemite Valley for Glacier Point. This will give you a view of Yosemite from the top side. It is the best place to see the John Muir Trail.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m.(this will depend on the time of our return) Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall

Evening: 7:00 p.m. Campfire (will be held around our woodstove if weather doesn't permit us to use our outdoor campfire pit)

Lodging: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 10 - Class discussion: Present Day Park Challenges
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: 9:00 a.m. Class - Discuss present-day national park issues

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. Farewell lunch in Lyles Dining Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Oakhurst, CA
Antiques & GalleriesBrowse antique stores and art galleries (10 to 15 minutes from ECCO)
Bass LakeFish or swim in Bass Lake (a 15-minute drive)
California Mining & Mineral MuseumIn Mariposa, about 30 minutes from Oakhurst. One of the finest gem and mineral museums in the country.
Glacier PointGlacier Point is a view of Yosemite not to be missed, and, except on rare occasions, we can't take you there. (Large buses are not permitted.) The drive is one and a half hours each way but well worth the effort.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.org/yose
GolfGolf in Oakhurst (15 minutes)
Mariposa History CenterIn Mariposa, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This is a marvelous exploration of central California's early years.
Nelder GroveAbout 7 miles from ECCO, this is your opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some ancient giant sequoias. Shadow of the Giants is an easy one-mile walking trail.
Sierra Mono MuseumIn North Fork, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This Indian-owned and operated museum features one of the finest collections of Indian basketry around.

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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Performances

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