1197
California

Seasons of Magic in Yosemite: Splendor in the Sierra Nevada

Gain a deeper understanding of Yosemite as you explore natural wonders, visit a historic hotel and learn the story of how art helped establish one of America's first national parks.
Program No. 1197RJ
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Oakhurst, CA
D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Lodge check-in from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in Lyles Dining Hall to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We'll enjoy our get-acquainted social hour that includes drinks and appetizers.

Dinner: At Lyles Dining Hall, we will enjoy a buffet of rotating entrees, sides, salads, vegetables, and desserts. Coffee, tea, water and assorted juices included.

Evening: 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. Field trips off site will be by shuttle. Field trips to and from Yosemite are around 35 miles each way on country roads. Classes will be held in Lower Lyles West or the chapel, a short walk from Lyles. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” 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. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We will then enjoy a short, award-winning video from the National Park Service about Yosemite National Park. The balance of the evening is left free to relax after our day's journey.

DAY
2
Yosemite Valley Field Trip
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off shuttle. Walking up to 3 miles on mostly flat ground in Yosemite Valley, both paved and unpaved. Walking is spread out through several stops throughout the day. 45 miles each way, roughly 3 hours of bus time today.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: After packing lunch, we will board the shuttle for Yosemite Valley, departing by 8:00 a.m. There will be natural history lessons from our instructor along the way, enhanced by amazing views of geology, flora, and fauna we learned about the day before. Every seat is like a front row seat. We will first stop Tunnel View, with that famous first glimpse of Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, and Cathedral Rocks. As we view the woodlands through the conifer forest, we’ll drop down into the glacially-carved valley of Yosemite to visit Sentinel Bridge and Yosemite Valley Lodge. Even those who have been to Yosemite before will see the park’s glory with new eyes, enlightened by the passion and knowledge of superb instructors.

Lunch: In Yosemite Valley, we will enjoy a sack lunch we packed this morning, consisting of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and other snacks, water included.

Afternoon: After lunch, our instructor will lead us on a field trip to the Ahwahnee Hotel, where we'll marvel at the architecture, the basketry displays, and the history inherent within its walls. Afterwards, we will take a park shuttle to Yosemite Village to explore the area for the rest of the afternoon before returning to campus by dinner.

Dinner: Dining hall buffet.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening presentation from a local expert, which could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area.

DAY
3
Yosemite Valley Field Trip
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off shuttle. Walking up to 5 miles on mostly flat ground in Yosemite Valley, both paved and unpaved. Walking is spread out through several stops throughout the day. 45 miles each way, roughly 3 hours of bus time today.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: We will board the shuttle for Yosemite Valley, departing at 8:00 a.m. Our first stop will be exploring the Happy Isles Nature Center to study the truly adventurous animal pioneers of the Sierra Nevada.

Lunch: In Yosemite Valley, we will enjoy a sack lunch we packed this morning, consisting of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and other snacks, water included.

Afternoon: After lunch, our instructor will lead us on a field trip to Mirror Lake, where we will take in the beauty of Mirror Lake positioned perfectly between Half Dome and North Dome in Tenaya Canyon. We will return in the afternoon to Shuttle Stop 7 to board the bus for return to ECCO.

Dinner: Dining hall buffet.

Evening: We will enjoy our evening presentation from a local expert.

DAY
4
Free Time in Yosemite Valley
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off shuttle. Walking distance is dependent upon activities chosen for free day. 45 miles each way, roughly 3 hours of bus time today.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: We will board the shuttle for Yosemite Valley, departing by 8:00 a.m., for a day of free time in the park. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lunch: Yosemite Valley sack lunch.

Afternoon: Free time continues before regrouping and heading back to campus late afternoon by dinner time.

Dinner: Dining hall buffet.

Evening: We will enjoy our evening presentation from a local expert.

DAY
5
Yosemite National Park Field Trip, Mariposa Grove
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off shuttle. Walking up to 3 miles on mostly flat ground in Mariposa Grove & Yosemite National Park, both paved and unpaved. Walking is spread out through several stops throughout the day. 45 miles each way, roughly 3 hours of bus time today.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: We will board the shuttle for Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, departing by 8:00 a.m., followed by a sack lunch and second destination within Yosemite National Park.

Lunch: Sack lunch.

Afternoon: Board bus for second location in Yosemite National Park, locations may include but are not limited to the Pioneer History Center, The Wawona Hotel, Hill's Studio or Glacier Point. Location will depend on weather conditions and road closures.

Dinner: Dining hall buffet.

Evening: We will enjoy our closing evening presentation from a local expert.

DAY
6
Final Class, Program Concludes
Oakhurst, CA
B,L

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Lodge check-out by 9:00 a.m. Minimal walking around campus.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: At class, we will discuss present-day national park issues. Our national parks are ever-evolving entities, changing to meet human and ecological needs. With our instructor, we’ll discover what the issues are and how the park service responds to them, as well as learn about plans for the future.

Lunch: Dining hall buffet. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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