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20349
California

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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
California

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
Program No. 20349 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
Age 8 - 12
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
The figures below indicate the rooming options available.
DATES
Jul 11 – Jul 16, 2021
Per Adult
1,299
Per Child
999
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Itinerary Note

Glacier Point is scheduled to close from Spring of 2021 through the Fall of 2022 for road repairs and restoration, alternate field trip and hike destinations will be offered during this closure.

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Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2021
1,299
/ Adult
999
/ Child
1,299
/ Adult
999
/ Child
1,599
/ Adult
999
/ Child
Limited Space
Itinerary Note

Glacier Point is scheduled to close from Spring of 2021 through the Fall of 2022 for road repairs and restoration, alternate field trip and hike destinations will be offered during this closure.

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Jul 18 – Jul 23, 2021
Per Adult
1,299
Per Child
999
Select
Itinerary Note

Glacier Point is scheduled to close from Spring of 2021 through the Fall of 2022 for road repairs and restoration, alternate field trip and hike destinations will be offered during this closure.

+ More
Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2021
1,299
/ Adult
999
/ Child
1,299
/ Adult
999
/ Child
1,599
/ Adult
999
/ Child
Limited Space
Itinerary Note

Glacier Point is scheduled to close from Spring of 2021 through the Fall of 2022 for road repairs and restoration, alternate field trip and hike destinations will be offered during this closure.

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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.
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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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Oakhurst
D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 p.m. You are welcome to arrive early if you wish, but you may not be able to check in until the indicated time. Walking about 1 mile around the camp; some uneven terrain and inclines as it is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Afternoon: Program Registration 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the main meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute 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. After check-in, take time to relax before our get-acquainted social hour, which will be followed by Orientation. 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. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren during the program. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. 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. After going through logistical information, we’ll set out on foot with our Group Leader to explore the camp, see the recreation fields, hiking trails, game room, and much more before ending up in a classroom where we'll play a short game that will help us get to know each other. It's going to be a great week!

Dinner: In Lyles Hall at the camp, we’ll have a buffet meal with juice, coffee, tea and water included.

Evening: Afterwards, we’ll gather for an introductory video on Yosemite with a group discussion. Then continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Sugar Pine Railroad, Hike in Yosemite National Park
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Walking about 3 miles; approx. 2 hours; elevation gain of roughly 400 feet. Driving approximately 35 miles each way on country roads; about 3 hours total. Train ride is about 4 miles; approx. 1 hour long.

Breakfast: In Lyles Hall, we’ll have a buffet meal, plus juice, coffee, tea, water included. While we’re here, also take some time to make and pack your own sack lunch from an assortment of choices so we can take it with us.

Morning: Setting out from our accommodation, we’ll board our bus and take a short drive up to the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad where we will learn from a railroad employee who will teach us how to pan for gold while also telling us about the California Gold Rush. Also while here, we’ll hop on a steam engine train for a ride with our railroad expert as we learn about the area’s fascinating logging history.

Lunch: At the Railroad, we’ll have our sack lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll then board our bus and transfer to Yosemite National Park where our Study Leader will lead a hike. All the while aboard the bus and on the trail, our Study Leader will offer commentary on the surrounding area and its history. Bring your camera! We’ll then return to the camp via bus.

Dinner: Lyles Hall buffet.

Evening: Each evening at the camp we’ll gather for a group activity. Whether a performance by local musicians or artists, a live animal or historical presentation, or lectures on the human and cultural history of the area, our presenters are all experts in their field and they love to share their knowledge of Yosemite with others. Lucky us!

DAY
3
Explore Giant Sequoias, Create Underwater Robots
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Walking about 2.5 miles throughout the day; uneven, unpaved terrain. Be sure to bring swimwear and a towel for the afternoon activity at the pool. Driving approx. 42 miles total for the day with stops throughout for field trips; about 1/2 hour aboard vehicle at a time.

Breakfast: Lyles Hall buffet. Be sure to prepare your sack lunch to take along on our field trips.

Morning: After transferring via bus, we’ll set out on foot with our instructor to explore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias with commentary as we go. Get ready to walk among some of the oldest and largest species on earth!

Lunch: In the forest among the enormous Sequoias, we’ll have our sack lunches.

Afternoon: Then, we’ll jump back on the bus and head over to the Baker Swim Complex where we will use their facilities to learn about robotics from our instructor before getting to experiment with how to make and maneuver underwater robots! Before we go, take some time to enjoy a swim in the experiment "tank" – a swimming pool.

Dinner: Lyles Hall buffet.

Evening: We’ll gather for a fun group activity at the camp!

DAY
4
Free time in Yosemite Valley, Campfire
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Walking distance, duration and terrain dependent on personal preference. Driving approx. 35 miles each way on country roads; about 3 hours total.

Breakfast: Lyles Hall buffet.

Morning: We’ll start out the day by boarding the bus for travel along winding, beautiful mountain roads to Yosemite National Park where we’ll gaze at the woodland terrain through the conifer forest, which drops down into the glacially-carved valley of Yosemite. Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the morning as Free Time. 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. You may wish to explore areas such as the Ansel Adams Gallery or the Indian Village.

Lunch: Enjoy your sack lunch on your own wherever you wish.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy free time before returning to Shuttle Stop #7 for return to ECCO in the afternoon.

Dinner: Lyles Hall buffet.

Evening: We’ll get to spend some time with fellow participants and roast marshmallows around a campfire.

DAY
5
Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, Nature Walk, Afternoon Swim
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Walking about 3-4 miles throughout the day; mostly flat, paved or graveled paths. Driving approx. 35 miles each way on country roads; about 3 hours total. Be sure to bring swimwear and a towel for the afternoon activity at the pool.

Breakfast: Lyles Hall buffet.

Morning: After transferring back to Yosemite, we’ll explore Yosemite Valley with our Study Leader, beginning with a stop at Tunnel View, a picturesque vista right off the road that serves as the first view of Yosemite Valley through the south entrance. Continuing via bus, we’ll take a short ride to Bridalveil Fall where we’ll set out on a short hike with our Study Leader. Carrying on, we’ll also see other historical sites in the Valley en route.

Lunch: In the amphitheater area of Yosemite Lodge, we’ll eat our sack lunches.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll take some time to cool off, relax, and have some summer fun at the swimming pool at Yosemite Valley Lodge. We’ll return to the camp in the mid-afternoon.

Dinner: Lyles Hall buffet.

Evening: We’ll gather for one more group activity. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Wrap-Up Slide Show, Program Concludes
Oakhurst
B

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

Breakfast: Lyles Hall buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather for one more group session to share a photo slide show of our adventures together and say farewell to our new Road Scholar friends. This concludes our program. 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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