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Memorial Day Weekend Program
Memorial Weekend Stanford Sierra

May 28–31, 2021

Due to Stanford University guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have cancelled all spring programs scheduled for 2020. The health and safety of our staff and guests is of the utmost importance to us and remains our top priority while making program decisions. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times. We hope you will be able to join us for next year’s program, currently scheduled for May 28-31, 2021.

2020 Presenters

Professor Robert Siegel, ’76, MA ’77, MD ’90

DR. ROBERT “BOB” SIEGEL, ’76, MA ’77, MD ’90, 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.

2020 Activities and entertainment
Daytime activities

During the day, you have a variety of both indoor and activities to choose from. Enjoy guided hikes into Desolation Wilderness, arts and crafts workshops, boating, tennis, yoga, in-room massages, stargazing cruises and more.


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.

Dance Workshops

Saturday workshop: Waltzing
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 workshop: Easy line dances
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.

Three generations, four decades, five ranches — our family is deeply rooted in the Sonoma County wine industry. Dedicated farmers for forty years, brothers Mark and Vic Trione own and cultivate close to 600 vineyard acres in three prime Sonoma County appellations: Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast.

During 2005 a new chapter took root: Trione Vineyards and Winery. Our family built a winery on our Home Ranch in Alexander Valley and appointed Scot Covington winemaker. Scot made Trione 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages in a custom crush facility; the winery construction completed in time to receive the 2008 harvest. Living a winemaker’s dream, Scot selects just three percent of the Trione estate grapes and crafts small lots of wine in his customized “studio”. Scot’s goal: make wines that express the highest level of quality across all varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Primitivo and Zinfandel.

2020 Accommodations and rates

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

2020 rates*

One guest


Two guests


Three guests


Four guests


Additional guest (same cabin)


*Prices include lodging, all meals and all programming; tax and gratuity are not included. All members of your party must be at least 18 years of age to attend this program. Finally, while this weekend is open to all, there is a $100 surcharge for non-SAA members. To join the Stanford Alumni Association, visit the SAA membership page.

Getting here

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


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.


For reservation questions, contact us at (530) 542-5600 or For program questions, contact Morgan Marshall at