JUN 2 - JUN 5


Thanks to all who came and made memories with us at this year's SMAA Sierra Camp Weekend at Fallen Leaf Lake. 


JUNE 8-11, 2017


 Accommodations include comfortable lake view cabins, family-style dining, stargazing, and lakeside lounging.

RECHARGE: Explore outdoor nature activities like hiking, cruising, sunrise photography, kayaking, and more.

RECONNECT: Discussions with fellow alumni, presentations by special guests, and social hours are offered to all attendees.

2016 Photo Gallery



About Camp

Camp cabins and lodge rooms provide comfortable accommodations each with private bath. Internet access is available throughout Camp. Phones, fax and message service are available in the main lodge.


Rates include three nights' lodging, meals from Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch and activities. Children age four and under stay free. Applicable taxes, personal expenses and staff gratuities are not included.


2016 Pricing

Adult (ages 13 and up): $550.00

Recent Grad - Adult (Grad years - '06-'16): $440.00

Child (ages 5-12 years old): $210.00

Toddler (ages 3-4 years old): $105.00

Infant (ages 2 and under): No Charge

2016 Activities

*Activities marked with an asterisk require advanced sign-up due to limited space. 

Preliminary preferences have been pre-assigned based upon online registration requests. Remaining slots will be filled on Thursday evening during sign-ups in the main lodge living room after dinner.




Thursday, 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured Speaker: Gregory Bratman, PhD ’16

Did you know a few hours in nature lowers your blood pressure and the stress hormones cortisol & adrenaline? Or that when you inhale fresh, forest air it helps your immune system? Join us as Greg Bratman, PhD ’16 shares his research about the impact of nature experiences on our mood, emotions, and cognitive function.

Greg recently completed his PhD at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, and the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford. Working to define and study the impact of nature experience on human cognitive function and mental health, he is exploring approaches for evaluating the psychological impacts of nature, and how these can best be incorporated into the paradigm of ecosystem services. Greg earned his Masters Degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB, and his B.S. in Philosophy from Princeton University.




Friday, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured Speaker: Robert Siegel, BA ’76, MA ’77, MD ’90

In this presentation, Dr. Siegel will explain how the camera can enhance your powers of observation and expression. The rationale is that photography causes people to slow down, scrutinize, and record what they see, as well as what they think they see - since the camera can capture things that are too fast, too slow, too far, too small, or too complicated for the brain to process during a routine encounter.

Bob is a 1990 graduate of the School of Medicine and serves as Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. He is involved in medical education and curricular development in the areas of infectious disease, virology, HIV and molecular biology. He is a three-time recipient of the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching at the School of Medicine, an awardee from Stanford University of the Peter and Helen Bing Award for Outstanding Teaching, the ASSU Distinguished Teaching Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Master Advisor Award from Human Biology. An affiliate of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Dr. Siegel is a published nature photographer and teaches an undergraduate seminar in Photographing Nature. Bob has always been connected to nature as exemplified by his being instrumental in starting the legacy of the  “Stanford Tree”.



*Guided Hike – EASY

Friday, 9:15 am – 11:45 am

Hike to Glen Alpine Falls (2 miles) with hike leaders, weather permitting. Easy difficulty. Ages 10 and up. Limit 25.


*Field Photography Session

Saturday morning, 5:00 am – 8:00 am

Klaus Porzig, ’69, MD ’73 leads an unstructured, early morning hike and dawn photography session to Glen Alpine Falls. Limit 25.


*Guided Hike – MODERATE

Saturday, 9:15 am – 11:45 am

Hike to Angora Ridge (4 miles) with hike leaders, weather permitting. Moderate difficulty. Age 12 and up. Limit 25.


*Fitness Walk

Sunday, 7:30 am – 8:30 am

            Get your heart pumping with this fast-paced cardio walk with staff guides. Limit 25.


Wilderness Preserve

Individuals who wish to hike in the Wilderness preserve must get passes from the reception desk.



OTHER ACTIVITIES (in alphabetical order)

*Acrylic Painting

Friday 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Jane Lombard, MD ’83 and Nancy Hillis, Resident ’93 have agreed to an encore session of their annual acrylic workshop. Learn to paint with acrylics and explore your creative side. No previous art experience necessary but you must be 13 years of age or older. Limit 25.



Saturday, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

            Learn to target shoot a bow and arrow. Age limit 13 and up. Limit 16 per session.


Ball Sports

Daylight Hours

You can play basketball, volleyball, tennis (you need to bring your own racket), or ping pong on the Camp’s courts. Courts are open throughout daylight hours and equipment can be requested from any camp staffer.



Daylight Hours

The boat dock is open throughout the day. Campers can paddleboat, canoe, kayak, or sail on Fallen Leaf Lake. Camp staff is at the dock to provide basic instruction as needed.


Disco Bingo

Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

            Indescribable, but always the favorite activity of the weekend. All are welcome.


Family Games

Saturday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

            Family fun on Baby Beach with relay races, egg toss, and more. All ages.


*Massage Sessions

Friday and Saturday, All Day

Relax with a total body experience. Our yoga instructor is also licensed masseur and will offer private one hour massage sessions. Cost of massage and gratuity is the responsibility of the participant. On site sign-ups only. $100/hour.


*Pontoon Boat Cruise

Friday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm; Saturday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm & 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Cruise Fallen Leaf Lake on our Stanford Pontoon and enjoy the shoreline scenery. Learn about the origins of Stanford Sierra Camp and local history including the Angora Ridge forest fire and how the area’s lakes were formed. Limit 22.


*Stargazing Cruises – From A to Z: Astronomy to the Zodiac

Thursday, 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This is a pontoon ride to the center of the lake where the night sky and constellations will be in full view. Listen while our camp guide identifies the many stars and planets enhanced by the pristine darkness and altitude of Fallen Leaf Lake’s location. Our guide will provide a fascinating look at the planets and stars, the stories behind the signs of the zodiac, and the many myths associated with the constellations. Weather permitting (no clouds). Dress warmly, blankets and hot chocolate provided. Limit 22.


*Wine Tasting – Lecture and Tasting

Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Winemaker Charlie Jobbins from Red Poets & Skyhawk Lane Winery will share a variety of his winery’s red and white vintages. Learn what goes into each wine and the subtle art of tasting ingredients and flavors. All participants must be over 21 years of age. Limit 40.



Friday and Saturday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Find your inner peace among the pines. Our local yoga expert will conduct a morning class for all levels.