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Interpretive Programs

Are you looking to get a little more out of your trip to Mono Lake? Join a free, naturalist-guided walk at Mono Lake!

Join any number of free interpretive programs in the Mono Basin during the summer months. There's something for everyone.

south tufa program

SUMMER 2017: June 24–September 4


Guided Trips
Join a Mono Lake Committee staff naturalist for day-long and half-day trips in the Mono Basin and beyond. Trips include Twilight Birding, Wildflower Waltz, Butterflies & Dragonflies, Mining the Past, and Full Moon Canoe Tours. Go to this page to see the full trip calendar.

Canoe Tours
Experience bubbling springs, alkali flies, brine shrimp, underwater tufa towers, migrating birds, and crystalline waters, all from the unique vantage point of a canoe. Go to this page for more information.

Bird Walks
Meet some of the feathered denizens of the Eastern Sierra on this easy stroll through wetlands, willows, and cottonwood trees. Meet at Mono Lake County Park (5 miles north of Lee Vining, just east of Highway 395). 1.5–2 hours.

Panum Crater Walks
Explore the secrets of one of the most recent volcanoes to rock the Eastern Sierra. Wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Panum Crater parking lot (4 miles east of Highway 395 on Highway 120). 1.5 hours.

South Tufa Tours
Discover the mystery of Mono Lake's strange water and wildlife. Meet at the South Tufa kiosk (5 miles east of Highway 395 on Highway 120 East). 1.5 hours. South Tufa is a fee area; there is a $3 per adult entrance fee.

Patio Talks
Hear from a ranger or naturalist at the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center patio. Topics will range from the geology, ecology, and biology, to the human history of the Mono Basin.

Stars Over Mono
Enjoy an evening of stargazing and stories with the dark skies of the Mono Basin. Meet at the South Tufa kiosk (5 miles east of Highway 395 on Highway 120 East). Bring a blanket or chair and warm clothes. More than 50% cloud cover will cancel the talk. 1.5 hours. The talks will start at 8:30pm on Mondays between June 27 and July 25. Between August 1 and August 29 the talks will start at 8:00pm. Between September 5 and September 19 the talks will start at 7:30pm.

Lundy Canyon Walks
Explore the flora and fauna, geology, and mining history of Lundy Canyon. Meet at historical marker at the historical marker at Lundy Resort (west on Lundy Canyon Road from Highway 395, 7 miles north of Lee Vining). 1.5 hours.

For more information contact one of the following:

Tours are made possible through a partnership between the US Forest Service, the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, the National Park Service, and the Mono Lake Committee.


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