Check-in 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Program Registration. When you arrive at Hidden Valley’s campus, come over to the main office next to the parking lot to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. At 5:00 p.m., we’ll meet our fellow participants for a wine and cheese reception in the Fireside Room. We’ll enjoy some California wines and/or juices and savor cheese and crackers before dinner.
In the Dining Room, like all meals at Hidden Valley, dinner will be a buffet. Dinners will feature local selections from the “salad bowl of the universe”, as well as tastefully prepared entrées. All baked goods are also prepared on campus. Beverage choices include juices, coffee, tea, water, and California wines.
Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our programming at Retreat locations includes opportunities for interaction with members of the local community, locally sourced meals, and evening entertainment. Each day the program will begin with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. We will set out with our birding expert at 7:30 a.m. The best birding happens in the morning. While we will endeavor to look for all birds mentioned in the program description and more, factors such as seasonality, weather, and birding behavior mean finding specific birds is not guaranteed. All meals will be dining room buffets. Dinners will feature local selections from the "salad bowl of the universe" and tastefully prepared entrées. All baked goods are prepared on campus. Beverage choices include juices, coffee, tea, water, and California wines. Breakfast includes warm baked goods, oatmeal, eggs, grits, fruit, etc. with coffee, tea, juice and water. Lunch will include soups and sandwich makings, all prepared fresh and served by the staff that’s been with us for over 20 years. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Public bus service will be available across from the campus driveway. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.