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Trail Chic inspiration

Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director

It’s T-minus one week until the Trail Chic fashion show fundraiser … is your runway gear ready? Here’s one minute of inspiration from years past for you:

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If you’re wondering what Trail Chic is, click here.

If you’re interested in walking the runway, please contact me by email, and if you just want to come see what all the fun is about, we’ll see you at 7:30pm on Friday, July 24th at the Lee Vining Community Center!

Trail Chic fashion show fundraiser: July 24, 2015

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director


When: Friday, July 24, 2015 7:30pm
Where: Lee Vining Community Center

Trail Chic is a fashion show fundraiser for the Mono Lake Committee’s Outdoor Education Center Access Fund. Entrance to the event is free, and our friends from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will be pouring wine and bubbly (for a donation) and there will be a silent auction with an affordable selection of wines and outdoor gear.

And then, there are the fashions … in years past we’ve had climbers, cyclists, snowboarders, birders, woodsmen, aliens, tufa towers, invasive plant species, pirates, research biologists, and small dogs. You’ll have a good chance of seeing gold lamé, glitter, feathers, and sequins mixing with polypro, hiking socks, binocular straps, zip-off pants, farmer’s tans, and the like walking the pine cone-lined astroturf runway. Something magic happens when you put it all together with some groovy music, so we hope that you’ll be there to join in the fun.

Tonight! Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director


Tickets are selling like hotcakes for tonight’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles. Can you join us? We hope so!

Keeping the people of Los Angeles connected to Mono Lake is critical to a healthy future for the Mono Basin. By hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles we hope to inspire increased awareness about Mono Lake in the people directly connected to the lake via your drinking water. The event is a membership drive for the Mono Lake Committee and a fundraiser for the Committee’s Outdoor Education Center programs that bring underserved youth to Mono Lake for life-changing outdoor experiences and watershed education. Thank you!

Special thanks to our local sponsors: Chevron, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and Environment Now. And to the national festival sponsors: Clif Bar, Patagonia, Klean Kanteen, EarthJustice, Orion Magazine, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

Can’t come? Consider following us on Facebook and Twitter so you’ll know for next year.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles tickets on sale!

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director

The Mono Lake Committee is once again bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Los Angeles in March and tickets are on sale now.

This year’s festival will feature engaging environmental and adventure films with a focus on water issues. Seating is limited, so be sure to buy your tickets soon.

Be sure to check out our event website and follow Wild & Scenic LA on Facebook and Twitter for more information on the festival and the unique films we will be offering this year. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles on March 5!


The Old Town Music Hall is a cultural and historical landmark in El Segundo, CA not far from the Los Angeles Airport. The theater usually features vintage silent accompanied by live performances of the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive, wind-powered, pipe organ built in 1925. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles will open with a special live performance and vintage film show. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Students face their fears at the Outdoor Education Center

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Melissa Boyd, 2014 & 2015 Outdoor Education Instructor.

From a very young age most of us are afraid of the dark. As we get older we usually don’t find the dark to be as scary as when we were little, but most of us would probably admit that it’s a fear that doesn’t completely go away. As a human, being afraid of the dark is totally understandable because we can’t see as well in the dark as we do when there’s light. Plus, it’s a fear that’s constantly instilled in us through horror movies, scary stories, and Halloween. At the Mono Lake Committee Outdoor Education Center (OEC) we try to get students to face their fears, including fear of the dark.

The 2014 Homeboy crew at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center. Photo by Melissa Boyd.

Many students come to the OEC from large urban areas, such as Los Angeles, and most of them have never been in a wilderness setting. When they first get here they are a bit nervous and quiet, so, to get them out of their shells and comfortable with us and the surroundings, we take them on a “night walk.”

For the night walk we take the students to the beautiful Jeffrey pine forest near Mono Mills and walk with them along an old volcanic ash road in the early evening after the sun has set. We all walk silently along the road for about (more…)

Working at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Melissa Boyd, 2014 & 2015 Outdoor Education Instructor.

What do you think of when you hear the words “outdoor education?”

OEC students from NATHA (Neighbors Acting Together Helping All) in Los Angeles climb Lembert Dome in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Elina Rios.

When I first heard these words some statements that popped into my head were, “It’s teaching kids outside about nature” and “It’s hiking with youth in beautiful and scenic places.” Since working for the Mono Lake Committee as an Outdoor Education Intern I have come to learn that outdoor education does involve teaching youth about the environment while also spending time in nature, but (more…)

Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center gives back by gardening

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Melissa Boyd, 2014 & 2015 Outdoor Education Instructor.

At the Mono Lake Committee Outdoor Education Center we host groups from Los Angeles (and occasionally other cities) for five days at a time and teach them about water conservation, wildlife, and history of the Mono Basin. Not only do we teach them about this stunning place, but we also give them a chance to “give back to nature.”

Students from LA WYLD with a bountiful garlic harvest in the Lee Vining community garden. Photo courtesy of Ilene Mandelbaum.

In other words, groups that we host give back to nature by doing a service project in the area, such as picking up garbage at the June Lake beach or at Silver Lake Campground. This experience puts into perspective for the participants how much we humans really do continuously take from the environment, and how we can give back at least some of what we take.

The OEC recently hosted a group of Los Angeles students affiliated with a community organization called LA WYLD. The group (more…)

Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center staff on the ground in Los Angeles

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Elina Rios, 2014 Los Angeles Watershed Education Coordinator.

Early spring is outreach season for the Outdoor Education Center staff—the OEC crew convenes in Los Angeles to meet and visit groups that are interested in joining us for the 2014 season at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center program.

We presented to entire schools…. (more…)

Outdoor Education Center highlights of 2013

Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Elina Rios, 2013 Los Angeles Watershed Education Coordinator.

Reaching the end of the year, everywhere we look there are top ten lists and top highlights of 2013. I wanted to look back and see if I could pinpoint top events at the Mono Lake Committee’s Outdoor Education Center (OEC). There were many events that could fill this description that there was no way I could create a ranking system among them. So in no particular order here are some of the 2013 OEC highlights:

Students from Homeboy Industries in LA enjoy June Lake beach. Photo by Edie Harris.

All our wonderful groups
Our education programs are nothing without the groups that visit the OEC every year. Many groups have been coming for years. School groups like Fred C. Beyer High School’s Global (more…)

2013 for Mono Lake, the year in review

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 by Arya, Communications Director

This time of year you can stand in one spot in the Mono Basin for an hour and alternately be in bright, blue-sky, sunny-ness and freezing, white, thick fog. It’s poconip season, and this year weather systems are lined up in such a way that our localized fog is often part of the daily routine. As I sit here writing, the fog comes and goes—leaving me alternating between these two extremes, and it strikes me as a perfect metaphor for 2013. Click the links along the way to get a picture of Mono Lake happenings in 2013.

The year was dominated by (more…)

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