Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s Community Connections Program works to build bonds between families and the land. By getting people of all ages outdoors and educating them about the natural world, we cultivate a deep appreciation for our region and all that it offers.

Do you remember the first time you experienced nature’s magic? For many, this is a moment you’ll never forget – one that shapes you for the rest of your life.

But even in our rural area, there are many who never get the chance to explore the wild world beyond their backyards. And for conservation to last forever, this needs to change.

At Eastern Sierra Land Trust, we know that preserving the Eastern Sierra goes beyond protecting land with legal tools. By introducing people of all ages to the value of conservation and by helping them develop deep bonds with this land, you’re ensuring that the work we do today will last long into the future.

Events On The Land

With assistance from conservation supporters like you, we host outdoor activities that give people of all ages the chance to experience the value of protecting the Eastern Sierra’s open lands forever.

Outings such as our annual field trip to our local Mule Deer Migration Corridor (pictured at right), wildflower walks, birdwatching opportunities, and hands-on volunteer days get families out in nature, where they get to know the places and wildlife species that make the Eastern Sierra unique.

Learn About ESLT’s Upcoming Events

Outdoor Education

Today’s kids are the future of conservation. By supporting educational programs for young boys and girls in our area, you’re inspiring the next generation to care deeply about this land, just like you.

For example, in our annual Sunflower Garden Project (pictured at right), we team up with local teachers to give kids the chance to get creative outside of the classroom and learn about the natural world.

During this project, Bishop Elementary classes come to our office backyard and Native Plant and Pollinator Demonstration Garden multiple times each spring. Our Education Coordinator leads them as they play hands-on games that teach about the life cycle of plants, the important role that pollinators play, and the magic of germination. Kids plant sunflower seeds, monitor their growth, and have fun connecting with nature.

To protect the Eastern Sierra long after we’re gone, we must build a culture of conservation that knows no age limit. It’s never too early – or too late – to discover your love of the natural world, and to understand that it’s up to each and every one of us to protect it.

We’re always looking for volunteers to help with our outdoor education programs. Do you love working with kids and being out in nature?

Volunteer with us today.

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

You can help ensure that the Eastern Sierra remains blooming and productive for generations to come. From wildflowers to working farms, our region relies heavily on the important service provided by pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies – and local gardeners are helping them thrive by creating certified pollinator habitats in their yards. With our Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, we provide people like you with the guidance you need to bring your garden to life.

Create A Pollinator Garden

Read About our Other Program Areas:

Working Farms & Ranches

Helping local families protect their historic working lands against rising pressures to subdivide. More

Critical Habitats

Conserving and restoring safe homes for the iconic and rare wildlife that call the Eastern Sierra home. More