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Seasons of Magic in Yosemite: Splendor in the Sierra Nevada

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Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Ms. Shirley Spencer

Shirley Spencer has lived in the Sierra Nevadas since 1979. An educator and seasonal Ranger at Yosemite National Park since 1986, she also instructs at Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Canyonland and Arches national parks. Shirley is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and holds a California State Teaching Credential for secondary and middle school science. In 2009, she published her book, “Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada,” which includes 40 of her original watercolors and scientific descriptions of each plant. An avid hiker, backpacker, skier, kayaker, scuba diver and mountaineer, Shirley teaches rock climbing with her husband Mark. She is also an accomplished watercolor painter, vocalist, guitarist and organic farmer.

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Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Glenda Gilreath

A native Californian, Glenda Gilreath grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, but moved to the Sierra foothills in 1990. She has lived in the Caribbean and has journeyed to a number of other countries, and considers travel to be one of her favorite hobbies. Glenda can often be found with a camera in hand, taking photos of her adventures as well as creating fine art compositions. She looks forward to sharing the beauty of the Sierra Nevada on this learning adventure!

Gayle Farmer

Gayle Farmer is a native Californian who has lived in the Sierra foothills for over 10 years, having relocated from Southern California. A former quilt shop owner for more than 15 years, she continues to quilt, knit and do needlework. Gayle volunteers for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, and has been a Road Scholar group leader for the past five years.

Our Value Promise To You

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at no additional cost on this date ...
4 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
4 Performances


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