‘Outdoor Experiences Program’ Category
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 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.
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…)
Not far from the Mono Lake Committee headquarters and bookstore, the Lee Vining Creek trail offers multi-sensory delights this time of year. Early morning and late evening are best for birding but anytime of day is great for wildflowers.
Yellows predominate from the profuse tiny blossoms of bitterbrush and buckwheat to the stately single stems of western wallflower and from button-like rayless daisies to sunflower-like blossoms within the long fuzzy leaves of woolly mule’s ears.
When students visit the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center the OEC staff likes to spend as much time with them outside as possible, which is why the staff and students eat most of their meals together (weather permitting) at picnic tables in the backyard. Since the picnic tables are kept outside they are constantly exposed to the harsh elements of the Eastern Sierra, so it is no wonder they have begun to weather.
Thanks to donations from Mono Lake Committee Members Art Carey, Dawn Cope, Linda Edwards, and Rick Garzoli & Holly Reid for the tables, and the William C. Bannerman Foundation for covering shipping costs, the Mono Lake Committee was able to replace the old, splintery wooden tables with new green and blue metal ones. They look great, they are durable, and a few of them are even handicap-accessible. All of us at the Committee are excited to have new tables at the OEC and they will definitely be put to good use for many years to come. Stop by and see these new additions to the Outdoor Education Center if you are passing through!
It’s T-minus one week until the Trail Chic fashion show fundraiser … is your runway gear ready? Here’s one minute of inspiration from years past for you:
If you’re wondering what Trail Chic is, click here.
If you’re interested in walking the runway, please contact me by email, and if you just want to come see what all the fun is about, we’ll see you at 7:30pm on Friday, July 24th at the Lee Vining Community Center!
When: Friday, July 24, 2015 7:30pm
Where: Lee Vining Community Center
Trail Chic is a fashion show fundraiser for the Mono Lake Committee’s Outdoor Education Center Access Fund. Entrance to the event is free, and our friends from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will be pouring wine and bubbly (for a donation) and there will be a silent auction with an affordable selection of wines and outdoor gear.
And then, there are the fashions … in years past we’ve had climbers, cyclists, snowboarders, birders, woodsmen, aliens, tufa towers, invasive plant species, pirates, research biologists, and small dogs. You’ll have a good chance of seeing gold lamé, glitter, feathers, and sequins mixing with polypro, hiking socks, binocular straps, zip-off pants, farmer’s tans, and the like walking the pine cone-lined astroturf runway. Something magic happens when you put it all together with some groovy music, so we hope that you’ll be there to join in the fun.
Tickets are selling like hotcakes for tonight’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles. Can you join us? We hope so!
- What: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles—six new outdoor and adventure films plus a live Mighty Wurlitzer show.
- Where: Old Town Music Hall, El Segundo, 140 Richardson Street, El Segundo. Free parking in the big lot next to the theater.
- When: Tonight, Thursday, March 5, 7–10pm, one night only.
- How much: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 for students.
- Why: films, friends, fun!
Keeping the people of Los Angeles connected to Mono Lake is critical to a healthy future for the Mono Basin. By hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles we hope to inspire increased awareness about Mono Lake in the people directly connected to the lake via your drinking water. The event is a membership drive for the Mono Lake Committee and a fundraiser for the Committee’s Outdoor Education Center programs that bring underserved youth to Mono Lake for life-changing outdoor experiences and watershed education. Thank you!
Special thanks to our local sponsors: Chevron, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and Environment Now. And to the national festival sponsors: Clif Bar, Patagonia, Klean Kanteen, EarthJustice, Orion Magazine, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.
The Mono Lake Committee is once again bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Los Angeles in March and tickets are on sale now.
- When: March 5, 2015, 7:00pm–10:00pm. Be there at 7:00pm to catch the live mighty Wurlitzer organ show!
- Where: The Old Town Music Hall at 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. Free (and plentifuly) parking is just next door to the theater off of Richmond Street.
- Tickets: Festival Ticket: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Student tickets are $10.
- Benefitting: the Mono Lake Committee’s Outdoor Education Program that brings Los Angeles youth to Mono Lake for life-changing experiences exploring their watershed.
- Sponsors: Chevron El Segundo Oil Refinery, Environment Now, The Old Town Music Hall, Patagonia, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Clif Bar, Mother Jones, Klean Kanteen, Orion Magazine, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and EarthJustice.
Be sure to check out our event website and follow Wild & Scenic LA on Facebook and Twitter for more information on the festival and the unique films we will be offering this year. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles on March 5!