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Why Hold A Business Retreat?

by Morgan

12 15, 2016 | Posted in Meeting | 0 comments

stanfordcamp01Holding a business retreat can be invaluable for your business, whether you’re a small operation or a large company with a strong corporate culture. Through our extensive experience helping others host successful retreats Stanford Sierra has been able to observe why a business retreat is an invaluable tool in any manager’s kit. Firstly, a business retreat allows team members to break away from their regular routine and offers an opportunity to reflect on operations and strategy from a different perspective. Approaching strategic business problems from new angles in a focused environment is a crucial element of a retreat that is hard to capture in the office. Business retreats also allow employees to develop a stronger sense of community. Having the opportunity to be in a new environment and out of one’s comfort zone with fellow employees creates an immediate bond. Having retreat time free to spend with each other at meals, socializing, and engaging in outdoor recreation allows employees the opportunity to connect over hobbies and interests they might share outside of work. Having a more well-knit and collaborative team is invaluable for a business of any size. Finally, business retreats can serve as fantastic places for continuing education. The focused and intimate setting help people feel comfortable asking questions and working collaboratively to learn together, further helping a team become more tight-knit and productive back in the office. The facilities at Stanford Sierra offer housing for 30-180 people, 5 separate meetings rooms of varying size and prearranged dining options, taking all the work out of planning. In addition, the expansive natural setting and intimate lodge-like feel allow for collaboration, team-building and focused group activities, successfully facilitating strategic reflection, a closer-knit and more well-educated team. We see these as crucial elements to the success of any business. We’d love to welcome your business to Stanford Sierra and Fallen Leaf Lake!  

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Stanford Sierra Camp Heath 4 All Seminar Series

by Morgan

09 28, 2016 | Posted in Special Events | 0 comments

This fall join us on Fallen Leaf Lake for the Stanford Sierra Camp H4A Seminar Series. When: November 10-13, 2016 (Thursday evening-Sunday morning) Who: The seminars are led by Stanford faculty and scholars and designed to engage a wide range of community members from Stanford and around the globe. All ages 18 and over are welcome. Sierra Boat Dock STAP approved and EA eligible: Stanford + Stanford Hospital & Clinics staff, use your STAP and EA (Educational Assistance) funds to help cover some of your event registration fees. The program is also designed to accept  professional and personal groups who would like to treat this as a retreat.* The Stanford Health 4 All (H4A) program is designed and delivered by the Stanford Prevention Research Center within the School of Medicine. H4A participants learn how to engage communities in changing human behavior for a healthier world. The Sierra Camp H4A seminars are focused on personal, family, and communal health and wellness. Stanford faculty and scholars will present multiple seminars. The program is designed to help you:
BUILD new skills and knowledge for personal, professional, and communal wellness. LEARN about the latest research in health, science, and wellness. IMPROVE your personal health & wellness management, and that of your loved ones. CONNECT your key learnings to personal and professional lives. NETWORK with seminar presenters and colleagues. EXPLORE Stanford Sierra Camp and all that it has to offer.

H4A Seminar Brochure  
Cathedral Peak*GROUP RETREAT OPTION The afternoons and post-dinner time slots can be used for group meetings, and we can book you a private breakout room. Stanford groups can pay via PTAs and iJournals. Please contact TO Preising for details at preising@stanford.edu. Group rates are $590 pp.
 

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SSCience Friday: Hidden Treasures

by Morgan

10 02, 2015 | Posted in Adventure, Recreation | 0 comments

Geocaching Materials

...can you find the one still hidden?

Do you love exploring?  Do you love making new discoveries?  Ever wish the whole world were one giant treasure hunt?  Well guess what... for Geocachers, it is! Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game in which participants use GPS-enabled devices to navigate to specific coordinates and find hidden containers, or 'Geocaches'.  That may sound a little complicated, but really it's quite simple. Just with like in-car navigation systems, hand-held GPS devices can tell you where exactly in the world you are and how to get where you want to go! Even smartphones do it these days... all using information from the US Global Positioning System. The game now known as "Geocaching" has a pretty interesting history, dating back to May, 2000. When a geocache is hidden, the owner posts the coordinates so other geocachers can go try to find it.  Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of difficulty. For a more comprehensive introduction and explanation, check out Geocaching Basics from REI and Geocaching 101 from Geocaching.com.
Where is it?

SSC Geocache: "All too Eager"

While public geocaches are on public property, we at SSC have decided to join in the fun and offer something special: Over 25 unique caches hidden right here at Camp waiting to be discovered by our guests!  For the uninitiated, we have GPS units available at the main office and a brochure with all the information you'll need to get started (and keep going). We've got basic hides for beginners, but plenty of caches that will keep even the most experienced geocachers occupied. And once you've conquered Camp's collection, there are some pretty awesome public geocaches right next door. Take a stroll up to The Falls at Glen Alpine or down to the Fallen Leaf Marina.  For those seeking something more adventurous, grab a kayak at the boat dock and cruise on over to find The Ghost of Captain Belle or put your hiking boots on and go explore the Tamarack Trail. Geocaching is an activity the whole family can enjoy... and here at SSC we're happy to help open the doors to a whole world full of fun.

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SSCience Friday: What Lies Beneath…

by Morgan

09 25, 2015 | Posted in History, Location | 0 comments

Fallen LeafOn a calm autumn morning, Fallen Leaf Lake has an almost mirror-like tranquility to it. But as beautiful as it is on the surface, it may be what lies far beneath its gentle ripples that truly sets it apart from other alpine lakes. At over 400 feet deep, the waters of Fallen Leaf have kept a secret for thousands of years: An underwater forest, perfectly preserved. Only in the last decade have researchers begun to explore the frigid depths of Fallen Leaf.  John Kleppe, Professor Emeritus at University of Nevada Reno, is credited with discovery of the forest...and that's not all.  Kleppe found a green jelly-like organism living among the still-standing trees.  Researchers have yet to determine what exactly these things are. A brief report ran on NPR a year or so back. FLL from Angora PeakWhat has attracted the most attention lately, however, is what we can learn from these forests.  According to Graham Kent, Director of the Nevada Seismological Lab at UNR, the underwater forest can teach us a lot about megadroughts that hit California throughout the Holocene. "We’ve obtained potentially the most accurate record thus far on the instances of 200-year-long droughts in the Sierra," Kent said in 2012 UNR media report. Kleppe has also published a paper on his research, entitled Duration and severity of Medieval drought in the Lake Tahoe Basin.  The waters of Fallen Leaf Lake make for some of the best scenery in the Sierras, but it's the history they hide that is truly fascinating.  

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