Magical Yosemite With Your Grandchild: Trains, Gold & Robots

Create lasting memories on a uniquely Californian adventure with your grandchild as you ride a steam engine, pan for gold, construct robots and learn the story of Yosemite.
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Program No. 20349RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,299 / ADULT
999 / CHILD

At a Glance

The best stories are the ones told around a camp fire – roast a marshmallow beside your grandchild and hear stories of Yosemite National Park and the pioneers who first explored this great wilderness. On this epic adventure, you’ll use your imagination to become a park ranger, prospector, train conductor and engineer as you pan for gold, ride a steam engine and build an underwater robot. Plus, hike through the magnificent domes, granite cliffs, meadows and Sequoia groves of Yosemite as you get to know this beautiful national park.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walk up to two miles daily on varied terrain. Elevations of 3,100-7,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Board a steam engine train for a ride through the sugar pine forest to learn about the gold rush and the area’s logging history.
  • Explore Yosemite from the spectacular cascading waters of Bridalveil Fall to the giant sequoia trees — the oldest and largest species on earth!
  • Head to the Baker Swim Complex to learn to create and manipulate a real underwater robot, and spend some swim time in the pool yourself!

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
Featured Expert
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Steven Riley
Steven Riley is married and has two daughters. He has spent 7 years of his adult life living inside Yosemite Valley. He has authored and illustrated 3 children’s books about the National Parks. His very first book was written about Yosemite, and is titled “Little Ty Cooney and the Big Yosemite Race.” He now lives in Oakhurst, Calif. and works as a Youth Director at his church. He travels around the United States visiting Elementary schools teaching kids about the joy and fun of writing. He spends his summers guiding tours and presenting his books to the guests of Yosemite National Park.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Who Pooped in the Park? Yosemite Scat and Tracks for Kids
by Gary D Robson
A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Sierra Nevada
by Stephen Whitney
Gloryland: A Novel
by Shelton Johnson
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park
by King N Huber
Galen Clark: Yosemite Guardian
by Shirley Sargent
My Yosemite: A Guite for Young Adventurers
by Mike Graf
Camping With The President
by Ginger Wadsworth
History of the Sierra Nevada
by Francis Farqhar
My First Summer in the Sierra
by Muir, John.
The first of John Muir's books. This inspirational book allows the reader to understand John Muir's desire to protect and preserve Yosemite.
Yosemite: The Complete Guide: Yosemite National Park
by James Kaiser
Sierra Nevada Natural History: An Illustrated Handbook.
by Tracy I Storer
Little Ty Cooney and the Big Yosemite Race
by Steven Riley

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