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Stanford in the Wild

Join hosts Tina Seelig, PhD and Rich Cox, Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, 2019, at beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake for inspirational presentations from dynamic faculty and alumni presenters at the wild frontiers of their fields! Morning talk sessions are designed after TEDx Stanford, then spend afternoons hiking, paddling or just relaxing at comfortable Stanford Sierra Camp. In the evening your hosts will lead interactive sessions with fellow attendees and presenters.

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Spring 2018 Program Highlights

Rich Cox
Lecturer, Graduate School of Business at Stanford, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford ( and the London Business School
Tina Seelig, PhD, '85
Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E), and Faculty Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at Stanford School of Engineering
Michele Barry
Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Stanford University
Jonathan Berger
The Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music
The William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
Mark Cullen
Director, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
Katherine Emery, AM, ’99
Freelance Photographer
Aleta Hayes, '91
Contemporary dancer, choreographer, performer, and teacher
Adam Johnson
Phil and Penny Knight Professor of Creative Writing
Mykel Kochenderfer, ’03, MS ’03
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and (by courtesy) Computer Science
Norman Naimark, ’66, MA ’68, PhD ‘72
Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies, Dept. of History
Heidi Roizen, ’80, MBA ‘83
Operating Partner, DFJ
JD Schramm
MBA Class of 1978 Lecturer, Organizational Behavior, GSB
Debbie G. Senesky
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and (by courtesy) Electrical Engineering

Stanford in the Wild is affiliated with the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA). While we accept applications from all interested parties, Stanford alumni are given first priority and applications are further ranked by postmark. SAA members receive a $100 discount.

SAA member rate*
Non-member rate
Recent alumni ('08-'17) rate


Double occupancy rate based on two participants signing up together.

Double occupancy member rate
Double occupancy non-member Rate
Recent alumni ('08-'17) double occupancy


Rates do not include taxes on meals and lodging.

*If you're interested in becoming a member, please see our membership page.

Check-in begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

The camp package includes:

  • 3-day program with Stanford TEDx-style talks and optional workshops
  • 3 nights of single accommodations in a private cabin
  • All meals, prepared by Stanford Sierra Camp's chef
  • Hosted pre-dinner socials and evening port in front of the fireplace
  • Easy access to the Camp's spectacular outdoor setting with guided hikes and boats available
  • Specially designed Camp gift


  • Private Lodging - Cabins and lodge rooms offer lake views, decks and full private baths. Each cabin bedroom has one queen bed and a writing table. Linens, towels and daily housekeeping are provided.
  • Shared Cabins - If you are signing up with another participant, double-occupancy cabins include two private bedrooms and a shared bath.
  • Delicious Meals - Our buffet-style breakfasts and lunches and sit-down served dinners include plentiful, healthy selections prepared by our popular, long-time chef.


To reserve a space, please send your nonrefundable deposit of $100 (checks only) to SAA Sierra Programs, LLC along with your completed reservation form. You will then receive a confirmation with additional program information and an invoice for the balance due.


Payments will be refunded, less $100, only if we receive written notice of cancellation before April 12; no refunds for cancellations will be made after this date.

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Applications will be available in January 2019.

Note: While we accept applications from all interested parties, Stanford alumni are given first priority and applications are further ranked by postmark.

Why attend Stanford in the Wild?

  • Enjoy inspiring talks from Stanford faculty and alumni at the frontiers of their fields
  • Experience Sierra Camp on beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake
  • Get you out of your day-to-day brain in a relaxed, inspirational setting
  • Connect with presenters and other attendees in an informal atmosphere

Host testimonial

What happens when you mix a long weekend at Stanford Sierra Camp with TEDx Stanford? You get Stanford in the Wild! Soak up the natural beauty at Fallen Leaf Lake, along with inspiring presentations from Stanford faculty and alumni speakers. Mornings and evenings will be filled with stimulating lectures from across disciplines, and afternoons are unscheduled, leaving time for hiking, kayaking, and reading in front of a roaring fire. A perfect way to exercise your mind and body!

-Tina Seelig, PhD, '85

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