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2019 Andrea Lawrence Award presented to Elsa Lopez

Friday, May 10th, 2019 by Anna, Philanthropy Director

Community members, friends, and family of Andrea Mead Lawrence gathered at Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax Restaurant on May 3 to present Los Angeles community leader Elsa Lopez with the 2019 Andrea Lawrence Award.

Current and former Mono Lake Committee staff with Quentin Lawrence and 2019 award recipient Elsa Lopez (second and third from left). Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Elsa is a pioneering educator and activist committed to strengthening the link between Los Angeles and Mono Lake. Beginning in the 1980s, Elsa engaged her organization, Mothers of East Los Angeles–Santa Isabel, in the successful implementation of LA’s ultra-low-flush toilet retrofit program, creating effective water conservation solutions in her community. (more…)

Mono Basin roads and services begin to open for the season

Friday, April 19th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

After a winter with above-average snowfall, warm spring temperatures have finally arrived! With Easter this weekend and fishing season opening next weekend (Saturday, April 27), roads and services are beginning to open up for the summer season.

Snow removal happening on Highway 120 West (Tioga Pass) on April 10, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Tuolumne Winter Rangers.

Visitor centers

The Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center opened for the season yesterday. Open Thursday through Monday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, with limited services. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore is open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm. (more…)

Mono Lake Committee local scholarship applications due May 22

Friday, April 19th, 2019 by Arya, Communications Director

Rosalie, right, was presented with one of the 2018 Mono Lake Committee Scholarships at the Lee Vining High School graduation. Photo by Ellen King.

Each year the Mono Lake Committee supports local students pursuing higher education and displaying a connection to Mono Lake with two $1,000 scholarships. High school seniors living in Mono County with firm plans to attend a 2- or 4-year college within a year of graduation are eligible to apply.

Students are asked to visit Mono Lake and answer the question: Why do places like Mono Lake matter?

The application can be found here, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday May 22, 2019 by 5:00pm.

You can find essays written by past recipients here. If you have questions regarding the application or would like to donate to the scholarship fund please contact Arya Harp by email or by calling (760) 647-6595 x111.

Buy your ticket now for the eleventh Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner

Thursday, April 11th, 2019 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

Buy your ticket now so you can join us in early May halfway up Mammoth Mountain … for the eleventh Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner!

Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner
5:30 pm on Friday, May 3, 2019
Parallax Restaurant, McCoy Station
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

This year we’ll present the Andrea Lawrence Award to Los Angeles community leader Elsa Lopez, who engaged her organization, Mothers of East Los Angeles–Santa Isabel, in the successful implementation of (more…)

Mono Lake Committee is hiring Information Center & Bookstore Assistants

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Are you someone who loves talking with people and providing excellent customer service? Do you want to make the world a better place? As an Information Center & Bookstore Assistant at the Mono Lake Committee, you will be the face of this successful non-profit to visitors coming through the doors.

Apply to work at the busy and dynamic Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore. Photo by Erv Nichols.

This is not your average retail experience: Along with selling books, T-shirts, and gift items, you will be (more…)

Bookstore floor refinishing is well underway

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

While the Information Center & Bookstore is closed, we thought you might enjoy an update on how the floor refinishing is going.

The purpose of refinishing our floor is both aesthetic and functional. Deep grooves and worn areas were appearing and worsening, which created an eyesore that would have eventually become irreparable, permanently damaging the historic floor if not addressed.

Worn areas of floor were especially visible around the information desk and cash registers. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Naturally, the first step towards restoring our floor was (more…)

Last chance to secure your tickets for Wild & Scenic Film Fest in LA

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

The countdown for the Mono Lake Committee’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Pasadena and Santa Monica is underway! If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there is still a chance to save 20% on tickets using the promo code MONOLAKE through tomorrow, February 28th.

Vala teaching her daughter Mathilda the art of casting as they fly fish together in Reykjavík, in My Mom Vala. Photo courtesy of South Yuba River Citizens League.

In just a few days Committee staff will be braving the LA freeways to make it to our members, prospective members, and movie-goers in Santa Monica and Pasadena. If you’ve already bought your tickets—great! Get ready to take in the 13 inspiring and (more…)

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed while the floor is refinished

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

If you’ve visited the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining, then you’ve walked on our unique and lovely historic floor.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed from February 26 through March 13 so the floor, which is original to the 1930s-era building, can be refinished.

The wooden floor is original to the building, which was built in the 1930s and used as a dance hall where miners, ranchers, and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power employees used to party after long days of work extending the (more…)

Join the Mono Lake Volunteer team this summer

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 by Jessica, Office Director

The Mono Basin teems with visitors during summer months, and their experiences here are greatly enhanced when they meet one of the 70-plus Mono Lake Volunteers also out and about during the summer.

Volunteers learn about Mono Lake’s simple but productive food chain at South Tufa. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Volunteers introduce Mono Lake’s natural history to visitors by roving the high-use areas around the lake, leading patio talks at the Scenic Area Visitor Center, and helping with invasive species removal events. Volunteers also help with office tasks—such as putting together mailings—here at the Mono Lake Committee offices.

Not sure if you’re ready to teach visitors about Mono Lake? That’s okay! We have a great training for (more…)

Save the date for the 2019 Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner

Saturday, February 16th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Save the date! Plan to join the Mono Lake Committee in commemorating Andrea Lawrence and her continuing legacy in the Eastern Sierra with the presentation of the Andrea Lawrence Award celebrating passionate engagement in community and the land.


Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner
5:30pm on Friday, May 3, 2019
Parallax Restaurant, McCoy Station
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Take a beautiful gondola ride up to McCoy Station for an evening of delicious food, inspiring company, and exceptional views as well as a celebration of the Andrea Lawrence Award recipient.

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