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24308
Online Program

Adventures Online: Discover the Wonders of Yosemite National Park

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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Program No. 24308RJ
Length
3 days
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349
Online Program

Adventures Online: Discover the Wonders of Yosemite National Park

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.
Length
3 days
Starts at
349
Program No. 24308 RJ
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Online Program
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

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.
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Frank Helling
Frank Helling is an active adventurer and naturalist who has spent much of his life “sauntering” in the footsteps of the great mountaineer, philosopher, and nature writer John Muir. He has backpacked, hiked, and climbed in the Sierras, Rockies, Cascades, Alps, Alaska, Hawaii, and the deserts of the American Southwest. A former high school science teacher, Frank has also worked as a ranger and naturalist in Kings Canyon National Park and as a professional wilderness instructor.

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

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Manuel Márquez comes to Road Scholar after a rewarding career in medical practice management. He has led groups to Cuba and his native Los Angeles. As an undergraduate in Boston, he was introduced close-up to the wonders of Western Art, the colonial and revolutionary history of the United States, and a love of learning about planet Earth and all its inhabitants. Manuel has explored nearly fifty countries on five continents over the past four decades. He enjoys music, reading, movies, and his beautiful cat Pearl.
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Jeff is a naturalist in the tradition of John Muir, rambling around the wild places of California for decades. He has spent much time in the distinct ecosystems of the state (from marine to mountains), bringing a perspective that incorporates a wide range of environments. He was trained in English at UC Santa Barbara and uses his knowledge to put his students on pilgrimages to exotic lands outside their doors, best told through a lens of classical science, modern science, indigenous cultures, philosophy and observation.
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Emily Dayhoff View biography
Emily Dayhoff holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and is working towards a Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management from Johns Hopkins University. She is a tribal member of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation in Mariposa, California, one of the associated tribes to Yosemite National Park. Emily works to share the untold story of her ancestors and bring Native people into present day conversations. When she isn’t sharing stories or studying, one might find her wandering her ancestors footsteps in the Yosemite region.
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Frank Helling View biography
Frank Helling is an active adventurer and naturalist who has spent much of his life “sauntering” in the footsteps of the great mountaineer, philosopher, and nature writer John Muir. He has backpacked, hiked, and climbed in the Sierras, Rockies, Cascades, Alps, Alaska, Hawaii, and the deserts of the American Southwest. A former high school science teacher, Frank has also worked as a ranger and naturalist in Kings Canyon National Park and as a professional wilderness instructor.
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.
Wilderness and the American Mind
by Roderick Frazier Nash
Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park
by Allen F. Glazner and Greg M. Stock
Gaia
by James Lovelock





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