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Stanford in the Wild

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This program has been sunsetted.


In a program modeled after TEDx Stanford, spend your mornings listening to talks by Stanford faculty and alumni and spend your afternoon hiking, boating, or learning in optional workshops. Stanford in the Wild has been a wonderful experience of creativity and community, but we will not offer this program in 2022.

Spring 2020 Program Details


Dan Klein, ’90

Dan Klein is a lecturer in the department of theater and performance studies and a lecturer in management at the Graduate School of Business. He also teaches improv and design workshops at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design ( and was named Stanford Teacher of the Year by the Student's Association in 2009. Beyond Stanford, Dan has led similar workshops custom-tailored for various groups, and some of his other clients include Google, Nestle, Visa, Lucasfilm, Kaiser Permanente, Nike and many more. According to Dan, he’s really a camp counselor for adults—a trade he learned from four years as a counselor at Sierra Camp and six years as an RF in Rinconada and West Lag.

Tina Seelig, PhD ’85

A professor of the practice in the department of management science and engineering at Stanford University and faculty director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Seelig teaches classes on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. She has written 17 popular books, including Insight Out (2015) and inGenius (2012), and she is the recipient of many awards, including the SVForum Visionary Award and the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering.



Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. Private lodging includes cabins with lake views, decks, full private baths and daily housekeeping, plus one queen bed and a writing table for each room. Double-occupancy cabins are available for those signing up with another participant; these cabins include two private bedrooms and a shared bath. 


Buffet-style breakfasts, lunches and served dinners include an assortment of healthy selections prepared by Sierra Camp’s chef.


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


Your camp package includes admission to the full three-day program, three nights of single accommodations in a private cabin, all meals and hosted social hours. You also receive access to Camp’s spectacular outdoor setting with boats and guided hikes, plus a specially designed Camp gift.

Rates are available for both single and double occupancies (double-occupancy rates based on two participants signing up together). Rates do not include taxes on meals and lodging.

Guest type Single-occupancy rate
Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) member $1,150
Non-SAA member $1,250
Recent alumni (’10–’19) $870
Guest type Double-occupancy rate
Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) member $870
Non-SAA member $970
Recent alumni (’10–’19) $670

Because Stanford in the Wild 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.


To reserve a space, please send the non-refundable deposit of $100 (checks only) to SAA Sierra Programs, LLC, along with the completed reservation form. A confirmation with additional program information and an invoice for the balance due will be sent shortly after.

Cancellation policy

Payments will be refunded (less $100) only if Sierra Camp receives written notice of cancellation before April 9; no refunds for cancellations will be made after this date.


Stanford in the Wild is affiliated with the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA). While applications are accepted from all interested parties, Stanford alumni are given first priority and applications are further ranked by postmark.