Seminars: Frequently Asked Questions
Please check the list below for answers to your questions. If you can't find the answers here, call (760) 647-6595 or email Communications Coordinator Elin Ljung for more help.
When does registration open?
Registration opens at 9:00am every February 1st for members only, and every March 1st for non-members. If you are not a Committee member, but you wish to register in February, you may join the Committee and sign up for the class of your choice.
How do I register for a field seminar?
To register for a field seminar, you can either call (760) 647-6595 or sign up online. To sign up online, click the "register" button near the seminar of your choice. If you do not see that button, registration has not yet opened. We do not accept mail-in registrations or registration by email. Registration opens at 9:00am every February 1st for members only, and every March 1st for non-members.
How do I pay for a field seminar?
You need a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card to pay for your seminar, whether you are signing up online or over the phone. We do not accept American Express cards or personal checks.
How do I find my member number?
To find your member number, visit the membership page and log in using your user name and password. Your member number will be listed under the tab "Your Membership Details." If you don't know your username and password, call (760) 647-6595.
What is the seminar cancellation policy? (new as of January 2014)
If you cancel three weeks prior to the seminar start date, we will refund your payment (less a $15 processing fee). No refunds can be issued for any reason if cancellation is within three weeks of field seminar date, but tuition can be applied to another seminar within one calendar year of your cancellation date. If you cancel within one week of the seminar start date, no credits can be issued for any reason.
Are accommodations included?
Accommodations are not included in your registration fee. We reccommend that you make reservations at one of Lee Vining's motels as soon as you have registered for your seminar.
Can I come to only a portion of the field seminar?
You may, as long as you attend the very first meeting of the seminar. For example, if your seminar begins on Friday evening at 6:00pm, you must attend that portion. There are no discounts for attending only a portion of any field seminar.
Can I bring my children?
Children ages 12 and older are welcome to participate in field seminars, as long as a parent or guardian is also registered in the same seminar. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in Mono Lake Committee field seminars.
Can I bring my pet?
No pets are allowed on any field seminars. Please find boarding accommodations for your pets or leave them at home; do not leave pets in your car during seminars.
Can I carpool with someone else during the seminar?
Yes. We encourage carpooling, and will make sure that everyone has a ride during the seminar.
Do I need four-wheel drive for the seminars?
No, generally not. If you do not have four-wheel drive, don't despair. You can always carpool with someone who does.
Does weather affect the seminars?
The Mono Basin's dramatic weather is part of what you come here to experience. There are no refunds for weather-related reasons, so please check road conditions before you leave home, and bring plenty of layers, rain gear, and warm clothes for your seminar.
Will I need to sign a waiver?
Yes, every participant must sign a waiver.
How do I submit an evaluation of a seminar I just attended?
You can print out an evaluation here, and then mail it to the Mono Lake Committee at P.O. Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541. Thank you for your feedback!