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Sierra Camp

Memorial Day Weekend Program

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May 26–29, 2023

About

Spend your holiday weekend unplugging and unwinding in the fresh mountain air at Fallen Leaf Lake. Spend your days hiking in beautiful terrain, paddling through clear waters, or relaxing on the deck with a good book. At the end of the weekend, join fellow alumni for a fascinating faculty talk and a multicourse dinner paired with delicious wines from an alumni-affiliated winery. The reservation period will open in February, 2023. 

Spring 2022 Program Highlights

Presenters

Professor Robert Siegel, ’76, MA ’77, MD ’90

Dr. Robert “Bob” Siegel teaches in the Stanford School of Medicine’s department of microbiology and immunology and holds multiple appointments throughout the university. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including Stanford’s highest teaching accolade, the Gores Award. Dr. Bob’s courses cover a wide range of topics including virology, photography, Darwin, island biogeography, global health and The Stanford Safari. An avid traveler, photographer, Stanford Dish walker and self-proclaimed “dromomaniac,” he has led numerous Stanford Travel/Study trips and credits his first Stanford Travel/Study trip to the Galapagos with teaching him to “see the world with new eyes.” A true Stanford enthusiast, Dr. Bob was a founding member of Stanford’s ultimate frisbee team, a member of the Stanford soccer team, a drummer in the Band and the second Stanford Tree.

Angela Amarillas, ’97, ’01

Angela has a passion for historical and vernacular social dance, and has taught and performed across the United States and Canada, as well as in Paris, Rome, Prague, Venice, St. Petersburg and more. She was a HumBio major and is the first person to graduate with a minor in dance! She is back on the Farm as Associate Director of Mind Over Monday, Stanford's financial wellness program for students. 

Activities

During your stay in the Sierra, choose from a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities to energize your mind and body. Enjoy guided hikes into Desolation Wilderness, arts and crafts workshops, boating, tennis, yoga, in-room massages, stargazing cruises and more. Preview some highlights from your agenda below.

Lectures

Enjoy a stimulating evening lecture from Professor Siegel with the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion along with a follow-up session the next day to continue the conversation. 



Photographing Nature: With the backing of Leland Stanford Sr., Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904) used cameras to establish that horses lift all four feet off the ground when galloping. This talk explores the use of cameras in enhancing our powers of observation, communication, understanding, and appreciation of the natural world as well as the role of visual literacy within the basic academic canon.

Workshops

Saturday waltzing workshop: Think you have two left feet? Not to worry—you’ll learn a simple but lovely way to glide around the dance floor with a partner in your arms.



Sunday line dancing workshop: In a workshop that is back by popular demand, Angela will lead participants through a series of fun and easy line dances. Previous dance experience not required.

More

Student performance: The weekend will feature live performances by one of Stanford’s many talented student groups.



Winemaker’s dinner: Our winemaker's dinner will feature Acre Wines, with selections from their portfolio of Acre, Old Lodge, and One Acre wines. Acre Wines is owned by longtime Stanford Sierra Camp guests, Mike and Talley Henry. Their wines beautifully express the unique characteristics that define Napa Valley and are sourced from preeminent, family-owned estate vineyards in the valley, all of which adhere to sustainable farming practices. The Henrys choose the vineyards because of the exceptional terroir, vineyard management, and resulting quality of the fruit, which set the stage for what you taste in the glass. With Acre, One Acre wines, and Old Lodge wines, the Henrys are able to showcase the best of what Napa Valley has to offer through invaluable partnerships with their growers and in collaboration with well-known winemaker, Richard Bruno.

Accommodations

You’ll enjoy comfortable accommodations with private baths during your stay in the Sierra, with both Camp cabins and lodge rooms available. Internet access is available throughout Camp; phones, fax and message service are available in the main lodge.

Getting here

Attendees can access Stanford Sierra Conference Center by car or by shuttle. Planning on driving? Get directions. Taking the shuttle instead? Get shuttle information.

Rates

Rates include lodging, all meals, and all programming. Tax and gratuity are not included.

Number of guests 2022 rate
1 $814
2 $1,582
3 $2,298
4 $2,973
Additional guest (same cabin) $443

Because the Memorial Day Weekend Program is a program of the Stanford Alumni Association, SAA members receive a $100 discount. If you would like to become a member, please visit the membership page.

Apply

The reservation period for the 2023 program will open in February, 2023. Please note that all members of your party must be at least 18 years of age to attend this program.

Deposit

Reservations require a $100 nonrefundable deposit with your reservation form. Only check payment is accepted, and checks should be made payable to "SAA Sierra Programs, LLC." Balance is due by April 14.

Cancellations

Payments will be refunded, less $100, only if written notice of cancellation is received by Friday, April 28; no refunds for cancellations will be made after April 28.

Questions

For reservation questions, contact us at (530) 542-5600 or email. For program questions, contact Morgan Marshall by email.