Jun 01 - Jun 04
03:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Thu - Sun

Stanford Medicine Sierra Camp Alumni Weekend

Join us for the thirteenth annual Stanford Medical Alumni Association week-end at Stanford's Sierra Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake! Camp is always a very special weekend full of relaxation, great food, and outstanding activities! Everything from hiking, star gazing, swimming, boating, photography, art, nature walks, to wonderful talks and discussions with fellow alumni and friends. 


Sierra Camp 2023 Activities

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

Preliminary preferences will be pre-assigned based upon online survey requests. You will receive activity assignments on-site. Remaining slots will be filled on Thursday evening during sign-ups in the main lodge living room after dinner.


*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, 5:00 am – 8:00 am

David Walter, Post Doc ‘01 leads an unstructured, early morning hike and dawn photography session to Glen Alpine Falls and Lily Lake. 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.

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, 1:00- 3:00 pm

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 12 years of age or older. Limit 25.


Art for Kids

Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

Camp staff will provide creative art projects for kids aged 5-12. Parents welcomed. No limit.


Ball Sports

Daylight Hours

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


*Bisqueware Pottery

Friday, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Express yourself with paint/glaze on your choice of bisqueware  pottery (already fired once). After painting, the items will go into the kiln again for baking the colors and emerge on Sunday for you to take home.  10 yrs. and older. Limit 25.



Daylight Hours

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


Bonfire and S’mores

Friday, 8:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, 8:30- 9:30 pm

Gather around the outside firepit for great conversations, and all the fixins for making s’mores. You may even find some of the local creatures will try to join in the fun!


* Camp Crafts -  

Saturday, 10:30am -12:00 pm

Participants will participate in a variety of hand crafts, Details to be announced on-site. 8 and up. Limit 30.


Disco Bingo

Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Indescribable, but always the favorite activity of the weekend. Disco costumes are encouraged, or borrow some props from our staff. All are welcome.


Family Games

Saturday, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Family fun on Baby Beach with relay races, egg toss, and more.  Activities led by camp staff. All ages.



Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

We will show a family-themed movie chosen from recent releases. Feature to be announced on-site. Additional shows if weather is poor. All Ages (children 6 and under must have adult supervision).  Open capacity.


*Massage Sessions- Friday and Saturday throughout the day - sign ups at SMAA table. $XX /hour.


*Outrigger Paddling

Friday, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn how to be part of a team canoeing across the lake. Approximately 30 minutes of instruction followed by a fun adventure across the lake. Must be at least 10 years old.  Limit 10 per session.


*Pontoon Boat Cruise

Friday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm, OR

Saturday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm, OR   

Saturday, 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, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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.


Student/Alumni Smackdown

Saturday 2:30-4:00 pm

Joins us as the current students challenge the alumni to this annual friendly competition. Students choose the sport in which all compete (basketball, volleyball, bean bag toss, etc.).


Sunrise Field Photography 

Saturday 5:00 AM – 7:00 AM

Join David Walter, PostDoc ‘01 for a short hike up to Lily Lake to catch the sunrise and emerging day for fantastic photo opportunities. Meet at the coffee bar in the main lobby.


*Wine Tasting

Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

“One Grape-Many Wines: Northern Italy’s Nebbiolo Grape” 

If you like your wines big, bold, and red, Nebbiolo needs to be on your radar. Hailing from Northern Italy’s Piedmont region, this grape is known for producing powerful, full-bodied, and mercilessly tannic wines—all while looking as pale as Pinot Noir! Most famously, it’s the grape that goes into Barolo and Barbaresco, two of the world’s most revered (and more expensive) wines. Though as you’ll soon find out, Nebbiolo is also in a number of more affordable, entry-level styles of wine from Italy. Join us for some basics about wine tasting and learn about this unique Italian grape.

Must be over 21 to participate. Limit 35.



Friday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Saturday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Sunday, 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.





Stanford Sierra Conference Center
130 Fallen Leaf Rd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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