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
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1,299 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
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There was a lot of walking and climbing on uneven ground. Everyone in our group was able bodied and willing to participate. We had a great time.


Accommodations were wonderful; good food; swimming; learning about painting a watercolor, having Steve draw my granddaughter's caricature all added to the fun. Occasionally the van ride got a little long; but I highly recommend the program. Linda


The Road Scholar Intergenerational program, "Magical Yosemite with your Grandchild: Trains, Gold and Robots," was indeed magical! We took our two granddaughters, ages 8 and 11, and they loved it. We all saw parts of Yosemite we had not previously visited and experienced many other educational and fun activities. As the only Californians participating, we particularly enjoyed getting to know the other children and adults from all over the country. We look forward to our next RS Intergenerational Program!


An unforgettable experience! The children and Grandparents were busy most of the time. Hiking, panning for gold, "big trees", swiming, evening talks, painting, large birds brought in, gold and miner talks. Yosemite. Fun packing our own lunches to have during the day. One night box dinner, fire pit w smores. accommodations very nice, clean, good food. The instructor Steven Riley -amazing! Group leader/program Coordinator-right there not only handling our needs at ECCO but also working closely with Steve. Her grasp of dealing with grandparents and children was commendable. The children followed her guidance, enjoying her cheery nature. Difficult task! Sadie Beling, group leader. A joy. Smart, intuitive. Very persuasive. The children followed along, took directions without knowing they were guided. I'd take my other grandson to this next year. So worth it.


Very active program with educational hikes, hands on learning experiences plus fun interactive activities for both grandparents and grandchildren. Very knowledgeable leaders/instructor that made learning fun for all. The kids loved the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and cooperation by earning "chance" tickets for rewards.

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I took my two twelve year old grandsons (first cousins) on this trip and it was indeed MAGICAL! Yosemite is a breathtakingly beautiful place and my kids were mature enough to appreciate it Our lodge was 15 miles from the entrance to the park so not a lot of time was spent on bus rides. A real plus. In the park we hiked to the base of a waterfall, we walked up 8000+ feet for a forever-memorable view of Yosemite Valley, we swam in a huge pool with a view of waterfalls in the background. Our days were full with robot-building and racing , with a ride on a historic train, with a hike through an ancient forest whose trees were growing when Jesus lived on earth. All the while our guides who genuinely liked kids were talking and educating. Our lodge was comfortable and near a lake. At night the grandparents sat on the shore in wooden lawn chairs and chatted while the kids ran and played and talked to each other, just as kids used to do before electronics. It was exciting to watch them. . Grandparents were friendly and interesting, kids learned a lot and made friends with other children from all over the country. Their worlds expanded mightily this week. I wish we could do it all over again. One of my grandsons told me that this had been the best week of his life. Does it get any better than that?

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