20349
Oakhurst
Intergenerational Yosemite, Gold Panning and 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
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Oakhurst
D
Episcopal Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Dinner: Please plan to arrive at ECCO between 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Unfortunately, our staff may not be available to assist outside of those hours. After check-in, take time to relax before our get-acquainted social hour. During our social hour, we will have a short orientation time to help answer your questions and properly welcome you to our home. Dinner follows at 6:00 p.m.

Evening: Together, we'll go on a tour of the camp. You'll see our recreation fields, hiking trails, game room, and much more. We'll end up in a classroom where we'll play a short game that will help us get to know eachother. We'll take questions and end with a 20 minute video, titled "Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit." It's going to be a great week! We are so glad that you are here!

DAY
2
Sugar Pine Railroad, Hike Sentinel Dome & Glacier Point
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)

Activity note: Bus trip to Yosemite is 30 miles each way on country roads. Approximately 3 hours of bus time today.

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. -Breakfast in Lyles Hall and pack your own sack lunch.

Morning: 8:45 a.m. - We will take a short drive up to the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad where we will learn how to pan for gold as well as about the California gold rush. We will also learn about area logging history as we ride a train pulled by an authentic steam engine.

Lunch: Sack Lunch at the Railroad before heading into Yosemite National Park.

Afternoon: Hike to the "top of the world" on Sentinel Dome at a whopping 8,100 ft! We'll spend the rest of the afternoon at Glacier Point. This incredible overlook allows you to stand at the uppermost edge of Yosemite Valley and take in a panorama of the meandering Merced River, giant Half Dome, waterfalls, and the green canyon floor of Yosemite. Bring your camera!

Dinner: 6:00 p.m.- Dinner in Lyles Hall.

Evening: 7:00 p.m. - Evening Programs are optional, but usually highly valued as an entertaining and educational cap to the day. Presentations could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area. Our presenters are professionals who enjoy expanding guest's knowledge on Yosemite.

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

Activity note: Trip to Nelder Grove and Sugar Pine are only 30 minutes each way.

Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast in Lyles Hall.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Board bus to explore the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias, walk among some of the oldest and largest species on earth!

Lunch: Sack Lunch in the Forest.

Afternoon: Board bus and head over to Sugar Pine where you will learn about robotics and experiment with how to make and maneuver underwater robots! We will also enjoy a swim in the experiment "tank," a swimming pool.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall

Evening: Evening Programs are optional, but usually highly valued as an entertaining and educational cap to the day. Presentations could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area. Our presenters are professionals who enjoy expanding guest's knowledge on Yosemite.

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

Activity note: Bus trip to Yosemite is 30 miles each way on country roads. Approximately 3 hours of bus time today.

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall and pack your own sack lunch

Morning: 7:45 a.m. - Board bus to Yosemite National Park. Explore the woodlands terrain through the conifer forest, dropping down into the glacially-carved valley of Yosemite. The drive from ECCO to Yosemite Valley is approx. 1.5 hours over winding, beautiful mountain roads. The morning is yours to use as free time, explore areas such as the Ansel Adams Gallery, Indian Village, etc.

Lunch: Sack Lunch.

Afternoon: Arrive at the appointed meeting place at the time designated by your group leader to board the bus for Wawona.

Dinner: Box Dinner at the Pioneer History Museum, followed by time with Park Ranger.

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

Activity note: Bus trip to Yosemite is 30 miles each way on country roads. Approximately 3 hours of bus time today.

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Lyles Hall and pack your own sack lunches for a picnic in Yosemite.

Morning: 7:45 a.m. - Board bus and depart for Yosemite. We will explore Yosemite Valley, beginning with a stop at Tunnel View. From there it is a short ride to Bridalveil Fall. We will also see other historical sites in the Valley.

Lunch: We will eat our sack lunch in the amphitheater area of Yosemite Lodge.

Afternoon: After lunch we are off to the Yosemite Valley Lodge swimming pool for a relaxing afternoon. Departure from the pool will be at 3:30.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. - Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: Evening Programs are optional, but usually highly valued as an entertaining and educational cap to the day. Presentations could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area. Our presenters are professionals who enjoy expanding guest's knowledge on Yosemite.

DAY
6
Program Concludes after Breakfast & Slide Show
Oakhurst
B

Breakfast: Share journal entries from the week, sign autographs, look at photos, and say farewell to our new friends. Thank you for spending the week with us, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!