A close up of yellow wildflowers overlooking the teal waters of Mono Lake on a cloudy day.



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Earth Day in Lee Vining

Earth Day is a global event and the community of Lee Vining is coming together to act locally here by the shore of Mono Lake on Thursday, April 22 at the Hess Park Solar Pavilion. Staff and volunteers from the Mono Lake Committee, 350 Mono Climate Action, and California State Parks will be hosting to make sure everyone is masked and social distancing. Join us for a variety of fun events: Mono Basin trash clean up – 9:00am–1:00pmElectric vehicle display – 10:00am–12:00noonUpcycled art show & kids' activities – 9:00am–2:00pmPreschool & Lee Vining Elementary Pavilion displays – 9:00am–2:00pmLee Vining Library book…


Lee Vining Creek Trail Spring into Stewardship

Join us to help beautify and care for the Lee Vining Creek Trail! Meet at 8:00am at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center. Bring your own gloves, snacks, and water. Wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. All CDC, state, federal, local ordinances and guidelines will be followed. Please wear a mask. We'll see you on Saturday!


Virtual Seminar: Bird Breeding Biology (FULL)

Learn about the essentials of bird breeding biology from the comfort of your own home. This virtual seminar will broaden your knowledge of important foundations of ornithology (the study of birds) that can be applied to every bird you see, and we will be using examples of birds local to the Mono Basin to help prepare you for your next visit. This seminar includes a 50-60 minute lecture, a Q&A session, and take-home exercises to apply your newfound knowledge to your backyard birds. Photo by Sandra Noll.

$25 – $40

Mono Lake South Tufa Tour

Join a naturalist-guide for a sunset walk among strange tufa towers, bubbling springs, birds, wildlife, brine shrimp, and the behind-the-scenes story of the most unusual lake in California. This guided, one-hour walk includes hands-on activities, and an overview of the human and natural history of Mono Lake appropriate for all age levels. Advance reservations are required. Top photo by Rick Kattelmann.