Hotel check-in is 4:00 p.m.
While waiting for the remainder of participants to arrive, feel free to unpack, relax, and explore Furnace Creek Ranch.
Buffet dinner at the Ranch.
Program Registration and Orientation. Hike Leaders will escort us to the meeting room where the Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We’ll get our welcome packets and name-tags, review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. We will start getting to know each other and take our first “steps” toward defining for ourselves the question: “What is Death Valley?”All transportation will be provided by vans, unless specified otherwise. The Group and Hike Leaders will lead all lectures, field trips and hikes unless indicated otherwise. Each day, be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle, sun protection, a daypack, and anything else you will need for hiking in the desert sun. Also bring layers for warmth; the desert gets colder than you might expect. A flashlight is useful for going out to look at night sky. All provided meals include a vegetarian option if requested beforehand on your program paperwork. We will do our best to meet dietary needs. Please contact the program coordinator at 775-764-0726 if you have any questions. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.