Eastern Sierra Land Trust - Upcoming Events

2016 Hikes, Field Trips, Volunteer Days, Celebrations, and much more!

 

 

June

 

Wine, Beer, and Food Fest

A Fundraiser to Benefit the Swall Meadows and Paradise Fire Departments

Saturday, June 25

5:00 - 8:00pm

Hidden Creeks Ranch (85 Reata Road, Bishop)

The communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise were damaged in 2015's Round Fire, and to raise funds for their all-volunteer fire departments, they are partnering to hold an outdoor wine and beer tasting fundraiser on June 25. Join our friends in these hamlets to sample some of California's best wines and local beers in a fun and friendly atmosphere! The evening will also feature fantastic raffle and silent auction prizes, great food, and live music by local string band Idle Hands.

Tickets are $65 per person. To purchase tickets, Click Here or visit Bishop Art Supply, Spellbinder Books in Bishop, or Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes.

Guests must be 21 to attend, and pets will have to party elsewhere. This is a non-smoking event. For more information, please contact Donalda Day, (951) 255-3299 or donaldaday@gmail.com.

 


 

July

Stewardship Workday: Yednock Conservation Easement Cleanup

Thursday, July 7

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details

The Yednock Conservation Easement provides critical wildlife habitat and stunning views of the Mono Basin. Join our cleanup crew as we remove debris from this seldom-visited property northeast of Mono Lake! For more information about ESLT's Stewardship Workdays, Click Here >>

 

Stewardship Workday: Benton Hot Springs Ranch Bulrush Transplant

Thursday, July 21

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details

Lend a hand on the land with Eastern Sierra Land Trust as we partner with California Department of Fish & Wildlife to reintroduce the native Owens Speckled Dace back into the ponds at the Benton Hot Springs Ranch! On July 21, join us to help transplant Bulrush to increase open water habitat. For more information about ESLT's Stewardship Workdays, Click Here >>

 

ESLT's 8th Annual Lands & Legacy Celebration Weekend

Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31

Lands & Legacy is our "Party of the Year" - an annual occasion to celebrate the many conservation successes that you've helped achieve. Join us this summer as we come together with friends both new and old, and raise your glass as we toast the power of permanent conservation! Click Here to Learn More and Purchase Tickets >>

Bridgeport Valley Ranching Legacy Tour: Friday, July 29 from 1:00 - 5:00pm

The vast, fertile expanse of Bridgeport Valley has captivated residents and visitors alike for over a century. The area was recently identified as high-risk for development, and ESLT has been working with local ranching families to protect the valley's rural legacy. Visit a current conservation project, and see this stunning valley for yourself. We'll meet at the Mono Lake County Park at 1pm. Note: only available to Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner ticketholders.

Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner: Saturday, July 30 from 5:00 - 9:00pm at Parallax Restaurant

Hosted by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, our Benefit Dinner will be held in view of the High Sierra at Mammoth Mountain’s stunning Parallax Restaurant. We'll enjoy a fine dinner and open bar, with plenty of time to mingle with friends and conservation partners. The evening will also feature our signature Paddle Raise: a way for guests to champion causes that will have a major impact on the future of our region. With donation opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $50, the Paddle Raise will offer you the chance to lift your paddle high and make a gift in support of the conservation projects that you care about most. To purchase tickets, Click Here >>

Black Lake Preserve Tour: Sunday, July 31 from 8:00 - 11:00am

A rare wetland in the midst of the desert, ESLT's Black Lake Preserve is home to a diverse array of unusual flora and fauna. Designated as an Important Bird Area, Black Lake serves as a breeding outpost for dozens of migrating bird species; it is also home to pronghorn antelope, golden eagles, and more. Don't forget to bring your binoculars! We'll meet at the Green Church at Benton Crossing at 8am. Note: only available to Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner ticketholders.

 


 

August

The Stories of Manzanar, with guest speaker Bernadette Johnson

An ESLT Brown Bag Lunch Presentation

Tuesday, August 2

12:00 - 1:00pm

ESLT Office (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

Want to spice up your lunch break? Come by our office backyard for our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, and listen as local speakers share informative, entertaining tales about the colorful history of Inyo County.

On August 2, Bernadette Johnson, Superintendent of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will share a part of our nation's past that many have tried to sweep under the rug: the history of forced removal and relocation of Japanese Americans to the internment camp at Manzanar during World War II.

ESLT's free Brown Bag Lunches are held on the first Tuesday of the month from May - September, and guests are encouraged to bring lunch and sunglasses. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors. To learn more about our 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Click Here >>

 

Stewardship Workday: Green Creek Sign Installation and Cleanup

Thursday, August 4

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details

Join us as we clean up the Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve and install signs to mark the boundary of this protected property. For more information about ESLT's Stewardship Workdays, Click Here >>

 


 

September

Pack Trains and the Mules that Power Them, with guest speakers Jennifer and Lee Roeser

An ESLT Brown Bag Lunch Presentation

Tuesday, September 13

12:00 - 1:00pm

ESLT Office (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

Want to spice up your lunch break? Come by our office backyard for our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, and listen as local speakers share informative, entertaining tales about the colorful history of Inyo County.

For the final installment of our 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Jennifer and Lee Roeser of the McGee Creek Pack Station will share stories that provide insight into the sometimes-tragic, oft-amusing tradition of mule (and horse) pack trains that brought early prospectors, explorers, soldiers, and more deep into the High Sierra in Inyo County's earliest days. Please note: this presentation will be held on the second Tuesday of the month (rather than the first) to accommodate our speakers' schedule.

ESLT's free Brown Bag Lunches are typically held on the first Tuesday of the month from May - September. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch and sunglasses. In inclement weather, the event will be held indoors. To learn more about our 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Click Here >>

 


Please check back soon for more information about other upcoming events and volunteer opportunities in 2016.