We've moved our Scheduled Guided Trips to the Field Seminar Program.
Check out the Field Seminar list for all of our half-, full-, and multi-day seminars.



Birding Mono Basin Hotspots
Sunday June 4 • 7:30am–11:30am
$75 per person/$65 for members

Mono Basin creeks and canyons are hidden jewels for breeding and migrating songbirds in a region where high desert habitat dominates. This half-day birding trip will explore lush riparian areas that are hotspots for bird activity. Expect to see warblers, sapsuckers, pewees, buntings, sparrows, towhees, vireos, and if you’re lucky, American Dipper or Townsend’s Solitaire.


Twilight Birding & Owling
Wednesday June 7 • 7:00pm–10:00pm
$60 per person/$50 for members

Evening in the Mono Basin is spectacular—the fading light rarely disappoints and unique wildlife emerges. Spend the twilight hours with a naturalist while the sun sets. First we will look for songbirds in the fading light, then we will search for some twilight specialists like Wilson’s Snipe and Common Nighthawk. We will scan the trees for owls and scour the back roads for Common Poorwills.


Twilight Birding & Owling
Thursday June 22 • 7:00pm–10:00pm
$60 per person/$50 for members

Evening in the Mono Basin is spectacular—the fading light rarely disappoints and unique wildlife emerges. Spend the twilight hours with a naturalist while the sun sets. First we will look for songbirds in the fading light, then we will search for some twilight specialists like Wilson’s Snipe and Common Nighthawk. We will scan the trees for owls and scour the back roads for Common Poorwills.


Natural History Ramble
Wednesday June 28 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members

At the edge of the Great Basin high desert and the steep eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada, the Mono Basin has beautiful and diverse habitats, as well as ample opportunities to observe wildlife, wildflowers, and wild views. Hike with a naturalist guide on this half-day trip and learn to identify local plants, birds, mammals, clouds, rocks—you name it! Family friendly.


Birding between the Breweries
Thursday June 29 • 1:00pm–6:00pm
$135 per person/$125 for members

Mono County is notable for spectacular scenery, great birding, and a growing collection of high-elevation breweries. Combine your love for birds and brews on this relaxing afternoon trip, which will introduce you to some great birding at a few local hotspots as well as great beer at some hotspots of another kind. Bring your binoculars, proof of age, and thirst for birds (beginners and experts welcome). We will provide a ten-person van and a sober birding guide. One beverage per person per brewery is included in tour fee; participants may purchase additional beverages and food. Please drink responsibly.

This trip starts and ends at the Mobil gas station in Lee Vining, where there is free live music every Thursday night starting at 6pm, right when the tour drops you off!


Wildflower Waltz
Friday June 30 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members

Working on your wildflower identification? This will be the perfect year to practice as the flowers will be out in abundance, taking advantage of plentiful runoff from this wet winter. We will scour meadows and canyons for the plethora of blooms that grace the trails. We will focus on identification and natural history of the flowers we see. Great for photographers and budding botanists.

Full Moon Adventure
Sunday July 9 • 6:00pm–11:00pm
$165 per person/$150 for members

There is no better way to deeply immerse yourself in the majestic calm of Mono Lake than to experience it by moonlight. This special evening program starts with a natural history walk in the late afternoon and the opportunity to canoe on Mono Lake during the full moon rise. If the weather doesn’t allow us to canoe, we will hike up Panum Crater to watch the moonrise from the top. Afterwards, we will wander in the brightly moonlit Jeffrey pine forest for storytelling and sky-gazing. Sunset 8:16pm; moonrise 8:42pm; full dark 8:47pm.


Natural History Ramble
Wednesday July 19 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members

At the edge of the Great Basin high desert and the steep eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada, the Mono Basin has beautiful and diverse habitats, as well as ample opportunities to observe wildlife, wildflowers, and wild views. Hike with a naturalist guide on this half-day trip and learn to identify local plants, birds, mammals, clouds, rocks—you name it! Family friendly.


Wildflower Waltz
Friday July 21 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members

Working on your wildflower identification? This will be the perfect year to practice as the flowers will be out in abundance, taking advantage of plentiful runoff from this wet winter. We will scour meadows and canyons for the plethora of blooms that grace the trails. We will focus on identification and natural history of the flowers we see. Great for photographers and budding botanists.

Full Moon Adventure
Monday August 7 • 5:30pm–10:30pm
$165 per person/$150 for members

There is no better way to deeply immerse yourself in the majestic calm of Mono Lake than to experience it by moonlight. This special evening program starts with a natural history walk in the late afternoon and the opportunity to canoe on Mono Lake during the full moon rise. If the weather doesn’t allow us to canoe, we will hike up Panum Crater to watch the moonrise from the top. Afterwards, we will wander in the brightly moonlit Jeffrey pine forest for storytelling and sky-gazing. Sunset 7:55pm; moonrise 8:11pm; full dark 8:23pm.


Natural History Ramble
Thursday August 10 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members

At the edge of the Great Basin high desert and the steep eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada, the Mono Basin has beautiful and diverse habitats, as well as ample opportunities to observe wildlife, wildflowers, and wild views. Hike with a naturalist guide on this half-day trip and learn to identify local plants, birds, mammals, clouds, rocks—you name it! Family friendly.


Mining the Past Through Binoculars
Wednesday August 16 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members/$35 for kids(5–12)

The Mono Basin is rich with Native American, mining, logging, and ranching history. In this half-day program we will spend the morning visiting historic locations that give background to the tenacious pioneers, legendary basket weavers, and hardscrabble miners who came before us. We’ll also learn about the animals and plants that inhabit these places now.

Birding between the Breweries
Thursday August 24 • 1:00pm–6:00pm
$135 per person/$125 for members

Mono County is notable for spectacular scenery, great birding, and a growing collection of high-elevation breweries. Combine your love for birds and brews on this relaxing afternoon trip, which will introduce you to some great birding at a few local hotspots as well as great beer at some hotspots of another kind. Bring your binoculars, proof of age, and thirst for birds (beginners and experts welcome). We will provide a ten-person van and a sober birding guide. One beverage per person per brewery is included in tour fee; participants may purchase additional beverages and food. Please drink responsibly.

This trip starts and ends at the Mobil gas station in Lee Vining, where there is free live music every Thursday night starting at 6pm, right when the tour drops you off!


Full Moon Adventure
Wednesday September 6 • 5:00pm–10:00pm
$165 per person/$150 for members

There is no better way to deeply immerse yourself in the majestic calm of Mono Lake than to experience it by moonlight. This special evening program starts with a natural history walk in the late afternoon and the opportunity to canoe on Mono Lake during the full moon rise. If the weather doesn’t allow us to canoe, we will hike up Panum Crater to watch the moonrise from the top. Afterwards, we will wander in the brightly moonlit Jeffrey pine forest for storytelling and sky-gazing. Sunset 7:14pm; moonrise 7:48pm; full dark 7:41pm.

Fall Color Foray
Wednesday October 4 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members

Every fall, quaking aspen trees famously paint the landscape with golden hues as their leaves change. During peak season, this half day trip will hit the hotspots of colorful groves to enjoy the glittering gold, ruby, and emerald forests while learning about aspen ecology. Great for photographers.


Full Moon Adventure
Thursday October 5 • 4:30pm–9:30pm
$165 per person/$150 for members

There is no better way to deeply immerse yourself in the majestic calm of Mono Lake than to experience it by moonlight. This special evening program starts with a natural history walk in the late afternoon and the opportunity to canoe on Mono Lake during the full moon rise. If the weather doesn’t allow us to canoe, we will hike up Panum Crater to watch the moonrise from the top. Afterwards, we will wander in the brightly moonlit Jeffrey pine forest for storytelling and sky-gazing. Sunset 6:30pm; moonrise 6:55pm; full dark 6:56pm.


Mining the Past Through Binoculars
Saturday October 7 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members/$35 for kids(5–12)

The Mono Basin is rich with Native American, mining, logging, and ranching history. In this half-day program we will spend the morning visiting historic locations that give background to the tenacious pioneers, legendary basket weavers, and hardscrabble miners who came before us. We’ll also learn about the animals and plants that inhabit these places now.


Fall Color Foray
Thursday October 12 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members

Every fall, quaking aspen trees famously paint the landscape with golden hues as their leaves change. During peak season, this half day trip will hit the hotspots of colorful groves to enjoy the glittering gold, ruby, and emerald forests while learning about aspen ecology. Great for photographers.


Fall Color Foray
Monday October 16 • 8:00am–12:00pm
$75 per person/$65 for members

Every fall, quaking aspen trees famously paint the landscape with golden hues as their leaves change. During peak season, this half day trip will hit the hotspots of colorful groves to enjoy the glittering gold, ruby, and emerald forests while learning about aspen ecology. Great for photographers.


The Mono Lake Committee operates guided trips under permits from the Inyo National Forest and the California Department of Parks & Recreation.