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Voices of the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by Rose, Outdoor Education Instructor
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After a year of preparation, student anticipation has been building. Questions, excitement, and a little anxiety about traveling far from home whirl in young minds.

OEC students from Sherman Oaks investigate Mono Lake’s salty, slippery water at the shoreline. Photo by Antonia Chihuahua.

These students make the decision to get in a van and drive over 300 miles; a drive into a journey of where their water comes from. This journey is one of emotional, physical, a mental challenges: the touch of snow, breathing clean air, feeling the elevation of the Mono Basin, seeing wildlife for the first time, submerging themselves in salty alkaline water, strolling the rim of a volcano, and building bonds with their communities, the natural world, and themselves.

It is a journey we will take you on with their voices; the voices of the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center. What follows is an accumulation of thoughts and feelings—a poetic language—of the various students of the OEC. (more…)

Lee Vining gets Trail Chic for a great cause

Friday, September 8th, 2017 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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This year’s Trail Chic fashion show was a huge success!

The fashion show is a ton of fun and raises funds for the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center Access Fund that helps us bring underserved youth to the Mono Basin for five-day trips full of life-changing outdoor activities while they learn about the source of their water.

Some of the runway models pose before show time. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Thank you to everyone who attended, all of our runway models, Patagonia for donating silent suction items, and the Mono Market for donating trail snacks. A special thanks to Randy Arnold and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly for donating the wine that helps make this event so successful! (more…)

The Trail Chic fashion show is this Saturday!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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You’re just going to have to trust us when we say, “you do not want to miss this fashion show!”

 

When: Saturday, August 26 at 7:30pm
Where: Lee Vining Community Center
What: An AstroTurf runway, the latest in trail fashion, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly (for a donation), trail snacks, and a silent auction.
Admission: FREE! (but bring your wallet to support the cause)

The funds raised support the (more…)

Do you do Trail Chic?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by Arya, Communications Director
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Trail Chic is a fashion show fundraiser for the Mono Lake Committee’s Outdoor Education Center Access Fund. Our friends from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will be pouring wine and bubbly (for a donation), there will be a silent auction with an affordable selection of wines and outdoor gear, and entrance to the event is free.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
Where: Lee Vining Community Center

And then there are the fashions … in years past we’ve seen (more…)

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles is just a week away

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles is just a week away! Here are a few reasons to buy your tickets today:

1. Get inspired. Join us as we travel across the globe to learn about an emerging ski culture in China, meet a duo in search of the perfect wave in Iceland, raft down the Chattooga River with President Jimmy Carter, and climb the Seven Summits with Wasfia, a woman from Bangladesh.

Still from “Wasfia,” courtesy of the South Yuba River Citizens League.

2. Feel good. Our film lineup has no shortage of amazing people working hard to protect the places they love. You’ll meet a man from Georgia changing lives while transitioning to more sustainable farming practices, an Alaskan community dedicated to maintaining a healthy river and salmon population, and Destiny, a high school student fighting against all odds for the health of her community.

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Work at Mono Lake this summer!

Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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What does almost every permanent staff member at the Mono Lake Committee have in common? Most started their Committee careers as seasonal staff; either as Mono Lake Interns, Information Center & Bookstore Assistants, Canoe Coordinators, or Outdoor Education Instructors. We have all enjoyed leading canoe tours, interpretive programs, and worked shifts in the bookstore.

Mono Lake Interns lead canoe tours as one of their many jobs every summer.

Mono Lake Interns lead canoe tours as one of their many jobs every summer. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Job descriptions for the Mono Lake Committee’s summer 2017 seasonal jobs are now posted, so if you would like to join us in one of the most unique places in the American West, check them out!

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2017 and positions are open until filled. If you are interested, make sure to apply early. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please read the job description for the appropriate person’s contact information.

Going solar for students at Mono Lake

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 by Bartshé, Education Director
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In October the very busy folks at Sierra Solar installed new solar panels on the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center (OEC) roof. The photovoltaic system is the first step in the energy and water efficiency development of the OEC site, demonstrating the connection of energy and water and the increasing value and need to minimize our carbon and water footprint.

XX new solar panels successfully installed at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Sixteen new solar panels were successfully installed at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center in October. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Thanks to a bequest by the Ward Family, the new solar panels will offset approximately 80–100% of all electrical use at the site. Because the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center is on a long-term lease (more…)

A student’s first snow, high above Mono Lake

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Lisa Godenick, 2016 Outdoor Education Instructor.

The Roosevelt High Outsiders pause for a breath on their high-altitude snow hike. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The Roosevelt High Outsiders pause for a breath on their high-altitude snow hike. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Written from the perspective of students from Roosevelt High School.

I am from Guatemala. I have never seen snow.

I am from Mexico. I have never seen snow.

I am from El Salvador. I have never seen snow.

I LOVE SNOW! ME GUSTA LA NIEVE!

I go to Roosevelt High School. I should be a senior, but because I have to pass all four of the English Language Development courses, I am a sophomore. This is my first time in (more…)

“The story of Mono Lake gives me hope”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Lisa Godenick, 2016 Outdoor Education Instructor.

The latest group that traveled to the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center from Los Angeles was Communities for a Better Environment (CBE). Aimed at empowering communities of color and low-income communities, CBE works on a myriad of environmental issues in neighborhoods to improve public health, air quality, and drinking water.

Members of CBE pause for a group photo after learning about the brine shrimp and the alkali fly. Photo by Antonia Chihuahua.

Members of CBE pause for a group photo after learning about the brine shrimp and the alkali fly. Photo by Antonia Chihuahua.

There were 15 participants, including staff, who came for a week of experiential education in the Mono Basin. Communities for a Better Environment was founded in the same year as the Mono Lake Committee, 1978. (more…)

Luna: A full moonrise during a trip to Mono Lake

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Lisa Godenick, 2016 Outdoor Education Instructor.

The full moon begins to show its subtle beauty as I sit atop Sagehen Mountain looking towards the White Mountains. We are here with Pacoima Beautiful, the first environmental justice non-profit in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

This was the first moonrise some of the Pacoima Beautiful students had ever seen. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

This was the first moonrise some of the Pacoima Beautiful students had ever seen. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

There are ten students and four leaders, and we are all huddled together beneath the stars in awe of the moonrise; nothing separates us from the Milky Way. The air feels cool, but not cold, despite the wind. After contemplation, the students embark on a solo walk back to the vehicles. This is a chance for everyone in the group to meditate and practice presence, something difficult to come by in our modern world. (more…)

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