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

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

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

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.

A storm to remember

February 10th, 2019 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide

Last Friday, February 1st, a few snowflakes began to fall as we were leaving work for the day. Anticipating the forecasted storm, Mono Lake Committee staff hurried home to make sure woodpiles were covered and houses were ready for “the big storm.” And what a storm it was!

Day one at the Information Center & Bookstore. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

It started out slow, with only 4 inches of wet heavy snow falling overnight, but by Sunday, the temperatures had dropped and 9 more inches of dry fluffy snow had … more »

Information Center & Bookstore closed on Thursday, January 31st

January 28th, 2019 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed this Thursday, January 31st for our annual inventory count.

We will resume normal winter hours on Friday, February 1st—open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you all after the inventory count is complete!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival LA tickets on sale

January 25th, 2019 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

Tickets for the Mono Lake Committee’s eighth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles are now on sale!

Join us for the Mono Lake Committee’s eighth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in either Pasadena or Santa Monica. Still photo from “Escape,” one of the films featured this year.

We hope you’ll be able to join us in March in either Pasadena or Santa Monica. Tickets are $16 for general admission and half-price for students. You can also purchase a benefactor ticket, which … more »

Government shutdown update for Mono Lake

January 20th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

With the government shutdown now in its fifth week, the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and Bureau of Land Management lands continue to be affected.

Open visitor sites

South Tufa: The South Tufa area at Mono Lake is operated by the US Forest Service and remains open during the shutdown. The bathrooms are open but are only cleaned and stocked sporadically. South Tufa tours continue at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays with Mono Lake Committee staff.

South Tufa is open during the government shutdown. Photo by Elin Ljung.

California State Park sites are all open: Old Marina is open … more »

Make your plans now for 2019 Mono Lake Field Seminars

January 15th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

The complete list of all the Mono Lake Committee’s 2019 Field Seminars is now available online hereRegistration opens at 9:00am on Friday, February 1.

The Mono Lake Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide Nora Livingston will be leading 16 seminars this year, with topics ranging from birding to botany, history to geology. Photo courtesy of Bob Yates.

This year there are 38 Field Seminars to choose from, including one-day, half-day, and multi-day options. As always, the list spans many natural history, cultural history, art, and photography topics.

New seminars this year include Watercolors in the Wild in … more »

Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center team visits the big city

January 8th, 2019 by Rose, Education Program Manager

Santiago and I will be saying “adios” to the snowy Mono Basin as we travel south to Los Angeles next week.

Next week Rose and Santiago will be leaving the snowy Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center to visit OEC groups and students in Los Angeles. Photo by Santiago M. Escruceria.

For two weeks we will be connecting with with community organizations and school groups in Southern California that visit the Mono Basin in the Outdoor Education Center (OEC) season, which is May through November.

During our visits to the groups we will … more »

Ringing in 2019: Long live Mono Lake!

January 1st, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

This essay, written by Frances Spivy-Weber, appears in the 2019 Mono Lake Calendar.

“Tufa and grasses, Mono Lake.” Photo by David J. Gubernick.

When I became Executive Director of the Mono Lake Committee in January 1997, its Board of Directors had decided to reinvent the Committee and to renew the original mission to protect the lake at the same time—not an easy transition for its members or the staff. The Committee was founded to save Mono Lake, which, at first, meant fighting the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) creatively but tenaciously in order to secure more water for Mono Lake and its tributary streams.

Without breaking stride, the Committee needed to learn to … more »

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