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Online Program

Adventures Online: Discover the Wonders of Yosemite National Park

Program No. 24308RJ
From the heights of El Capitan to the alpine meadows of the Yosemite Valley, discover the wonders of Yosemite National Park during a live, online learning adventure.

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At a Glance

With world-famous summits to climb and Giant Sequoias that have been growing for nearly 3,000 years, Yosemite National Park is one of America’s true treasures. Join park experts for an in-depth look at the landscapes, ecosystems and cultural history of Yosemite — all from the comfort of your own home — as you join us for this online learning adventure, live from California! Explore the park during virtual field trips to El Capitan, the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and more. Take in lectures on the history of Yosemite, the ecology of Giant Sequoias, the geology of the park and how this national park has adapted to modern times and visitors. Along the way, get to know your fellow Road Scholars as you join in interactive Q&A sessions and share your enthusiasm for the wonders of Yosemite.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Journey into the heart of Yosemite Valley during a virtual field trip that begins at Tunnel View and continues to Old Inspiration Point, “Gates of the Valley,” El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and ends at the iconic Ahwahnee Hotel.
  • Get a first-hand look into the effects of glaciation during the past 20,000 years during a virtual field trip in the Yosemite Valley and a visit to the Lyell and Maclure glaciers, and the Tuolumne Meadows area.
  • Further your studies of geology from a thrilling climbing perspective of El Capitan and during an online exploration of El Capitan Meadow, Columbia Point, Cook’s Meadow and the Merced River.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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.
Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park
by Allen F. Glazner and Greg M. Stock
Wilderness and the American Mind
by Roderick Frazier Nash
by James Lovelock

Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.