Memorial Day Weekend Program
Stanford Sierra Programs has been significantly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our staff and guests remains our highest priority as we work to follow county, state, Stanford University guidelines. In light of continuing uncertainty, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Spring 2021 alumni-focused programs. We hope you can join us when the programs resume in the Spring of 2022.
May 27–30, 2022
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.
Spring 2020 Program Details
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 led classes and workshops for the past two decades and was Stanford's first dance minor. A graceful dancer who carries a passion for historical and vernacular social dance, Angela has taught and performed across the United States and Canada, as well as in Paris, Rome, Prague, Venice, St. Petersburg and more. She will host dance workshops on Saturday and Sunday.
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.
Contagion: Does the Coronavirus Spread as Fast as the Fear?: With planes grounding, big events canceling, and shelves being picked bare, is all the hype about COVID-19 merited or just hype? This talk covers the science behind the Coronavirus, whether or not we are facing a worldwide pandemic, and what we can do to protect ourselves and those we love.
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.
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.
Student performance: The weekend will feature live performances by one of Stanford’s many talented student groups.
Winemaker’s dinner: Memorial Day Weekend culminates in the multicourse winemaker's dinner. Once again, Chef Dave Dennis will present a memorable menu, paired to perfection with selections from this year’s featured winemaker, Trione Family Vineyards & Winery.
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.
Rates include lodging, all meals and all programming. Tax and gratuity are not included.
|Number of guests||2020 rate|
|Additional guest (same cabin)||$418|
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.
All members of your party must be at least 18 years of age to attend this program.
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 17.
Payments will be refunded, less $100, only if written notice of cancellation is received by Friday, May 1; no refunds for cancellations will be made after May 1.