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Mono Lake Committee online store reopens for mail delivery and pickup

Monday, July 20th, 2020 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

While our Information Center & Bookstore remains closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still support the Mono Lake Committee with the purchase of books and Mono Lake products online in our newly remodeled online store.

Use promo code SHOPONLINE to save 15% on orders over $50 through the end of July on the Mono Lake Committee’s new online store.

If you happen to be stopping in Lee Vining, you can even pick up your order right from our door on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30am to 3:00pm (be sure to select the pickup option on the checkout page).

Our online store is stocked with (more…)

Mono Lake information station open in Lee Vining

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 by Claire, Office Manager

A very quiet spring in the Mono Basin has given way to quite a busy summer, and there was a marked uptick in travelers in town leading up to the Fourth of July holiday weekend. With US Forest Service visitor centers closed, Yosemite National Park operating under restricted access procedures, and so many businesses working alternative operations, there have been many more questions from travelers than available answers.

Visitors can get answers to their questions at the Mono Lake Committee’s “pop-up” information station, Thursdays through Saturdays and some Sundays and Mondays. Photo by Claire Landowski.

So, although our bookstore space remains closed, the Mono Lake Committee has begun staffing a “pop-up” information station on our front patio to help address the myriad questions posed by the influx of visitors to the Eastern Sierra.

We’re calling it a “pop-up” station because we don’t have regular, set hours—we’re making the schedule week by week and adjusting as needed. We do plan to open the station on the weekends, likely Thursday through Saturday plus perhaps the occasional Sunday and Monday.

Rose opened the station for the first (more…)

30% of all book purchases benefit Mono Lake

Thursday, May 7th, 2020 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

If you’re like me, you are probably catching up on your reading list (or dreaming of being able to) while sheltering in place. Even though our Information Center & Bookstore is currently closed, you can still support our efforts to protect Mono Lake with your purchase of books, puzzles, and art supplies made through our affiliate link at Bookshop.

When you follow this link——you can shop our curated book lists and browse for titles and products not featured on our page too. As long as you follow that specific link, any purchase you make will contribute 30% of your order total to the Mono Lake Committee.

I’ve put together some lists of (more…)

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore temporarily closed through March 31

Sunday, March 15th, 2020 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore is temporarily closed through at least March 31 as a precaution to protect our staff and visitors from exposure to COVID-19.

You can reach us by email and at (760) 647-6595 about your questions regarding visiting Mono Lake and the surrounding areas, your Mono Lake Committee membership, and services available in town.

Our organization is closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Our apologies for the inconvenience, we hope to see you next time. Safe travels.

COVID-19 update from the Mono Lake Committee

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 by Geoff, Executive Director

In response to the developing COVID-19 crisis the Mono Lake Committee is temporarily changing our operations in accordance with public health recommendations to limit exposure and spread of the virus to staff, community members, and visitors.


The Information Center & Bookstore will be closed until at least March 31. Visitors arriving at the bookstore can still access free wi-fi and can call us at (760) 647-6595 for answers to their questions. A sign and map on the bookstore doors directs visitors to the nearest public restrooms at the Shell Station and Hess Park. Visitors can access a self-guided South Tufa tour on their phones at

Public programs

All our public programs are canceled until at least March 31. This includes weekend South Tufa tours, visiting school group programs, presentations, field trips, special tours, next weekend’s Winter Wander field seminar, and programs with the local schools. Prior to this decision, we canceled the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles that was due to take place March 11–13.


Update as of 3/17/20: The Committee office is no longer open, and staff are working from home.

The Committee office remains open, and our goal is to keep it open throughout the coming weeks. We have implemented more rigorous cleaning procedures and social distancing practices so it can remain a productive place for us to work. We have made it possible for every staff member to work from home at any time, particularly if they feel sick, if they have come into contact with someone who has the COVID-19 virus, or if they want to reduce exposure of their family members to the virus. Work-related travel has been suspended. Whenever possible, group meetings are taking place via phone or video conference.

For now there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Mono or Inyo counties, but we know that is likely to change. We have operated as a strong team for 42 years, and as a team we will help and support each other in the coming weeks.

Information Center & Bookstore closed on Wednesday, February 5

Friday, January 24th, 2020 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on Wednesday, February 5 for our annual inventory count.

We will resume normal winter hours on Thursday, February 6—open 9:00am to 5:00pm every day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you all after the inventory count is complete!

Nora and Ellen count merchandise during inventory. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Mono Lake Committee is hiring Information Center & Bookstore Assistants

Saturday, January 18th, 2020 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.

This is not your average retail experience—along with selling books, T-shirts, and gift items, you will be providing information to visitors about the important environmental success story of Mono Lake. You will sign up new Mono Lake Committee members and help visitors understand and appreciate Mono Lake’s unique ecosystem and the importance it plays for multitudes of birds and other wildlife.

You’ll be giving visitors (more…)

We’re hiring! Mono Lake Committee’s summer seasonal job openings are posted

Friday, December 20th, 2019 by Rose, Education Director

Have you always wanted to spend a summer living and working at Mono Lake? This may be your chance!

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 seasonal staff positions on January 1, 2020. Photo by Miranda Norlin.

The Mono Lake Committee is looking for passionate individuals to join our team for the busy 2020 summer season. This is your opportunity to share your love for Mono Lake and gain great experience working with a successful environmental non-profit.

Take a look at the (more…)

Mono Lake Committee bookstore holiday hours

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

The holiday season is here, and we hope you’ll stop in to explore the Information Center & Bookstore and ask us all of your Mono Lake questions as you travel along Highway 395.

Please keep in mind that the bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25) and New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1) so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families and friends.

We hope to see you during your winter journeys to the Mono Basin. Happy holidays!

Spend $50 this weekend and get a free 2020 Mono Lake calendar

Friday, December 13th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

This weekend when you shop our online store for unique holiday gifts, get a free 2020 Mono Lake calendar with any purchase of $50 or more!

No promo code is necessary for your free calendar—just place your order for at least $50 worth of merchandise before midnight on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Your free calendar won’t appear on your online receipt, but don’t worry, it will be added to your order here at the office. (more…)

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