Eastern Sierra Land Trust - Upcoming Events

2017 Hikes, Field Trips, Volunteer Days, Celebrations, and much more



Pollinator Garden Tour

Saturday, June 3

10 am - 2 pm

Meet at Eastern Sierra Land Trust (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

Since Eastern Sierra Land Trust's Eastside Pollinator Garden Project kicked off in 2014, locals across the Eastern Sierra have been hard at work creating beautiful native plant gardens alive with bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. During the Garden Tour, you will have the chance to see these lovely gardens in bloom, win prizes, and much more.

Prior to the start of the tour, Eastern Sierra Land Trust will be hosting a free outdoor yoga class in the ESLT office backyard, beginning at 9am. Join us for morning yoga, then hit the road as we tour local pollinator gardens!

For more information and to obtain your garden map and directions, please contact Indigo Johnson, ESLT Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps Member, at indigo@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.


Conway Ranch: Bi-State Greater Sage-Grouse in the Mono Basin

A Field Trip and Hands-On Stewardship Day Held in Conjunction With the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

Friday, June 16

8 am - 11 am

Meet at the Lee Vining Community Center

Click Here to Register

Have you admired the verdant meadows and riparian habitat on Conway Ranch from Conway Summit? Now is your chance to help improve the ranch for rare birds.

Owned by Mono County, this historic ranch northwest of Mono Lake once produced food for the town of Bodie. Today, it still produces food - for songbirds, mule deer, and the Bi-State Greater Sage-Grouse. Wet meadows and low sagebrush scrub provide critical broodrearing habitat for grouse chicks.

To protect this rare bird, join us as we install fence markers and perch deterrents to reduce fence-strike mortality and predation. Land Trust Executive Director Kay Ogden and Land Conservation Program Director Susanna Danner will share the story of Conway Ranch and its importance for Greater Sage-Grouse as they team up with local agency biologists for a morning on the ranch. Wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes.

Attendees must pre-register in advance - to do so, Click Here >>


Oasis In the Desert: Alkali Wetlands at the Black Lake Preserve

A Field Trip Held in Conjunction With the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

Saturday, June 17

6:30 am - 11:30 am

Meet at the Lee Vining Community Center

Click Here to Register

A rare wetland between the Benton Range and Black Mountain, the Adobe Valley’s Black Lake is home to a vast variety of unusual flora and fauna. Designated as an Important Bird Area, Black Lake is critical to supporting avian populations: it serves as a breeding outpost for dozens of migrating bird species, as well as providing a vital water source for pronghorn, mule deer, Great Basin spadefoot toad, and Wong’s springsnail. Thanks to a generous property donation in 2014, Black Lake Preserve is now owned by Eastern Sierra Land Trust.

Join Land Trust Executive Director Kay Ogden and Land Conservation Program Director Susanna Danner as they lead an early-morning walking tour of this protected alkali lake and wetland. Likely sights in this amazing water year include rare alkali meadow plants, waterfowl, shorebirds, and, if we are lucky, Loggerhead Shrike.

Attendees must pre-register in advance, and this field trip is currently full. To join the wait list, call the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua at (760) 647-6595. To register for other tours, Click Here >>




Lands & Legacy Celebration

Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13

Parallax Restaurant at Mammoth Mountain

Save the Date and join your friends, family, and fellow conservation supporters as we raise a glass in honor of the magical lands and waters you've helped protect forever. There's lots in store for that weekend - including field trips, exciting announcements, and plenty of surprises along the way - so mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!


Celebrate Our Ancestors: Dedication of the Benton Historic Cemetery

Hosted by the Historic Benton Hot Springs

Saturday, August 19

3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Inn at Benton Hot Springs (55137 Hwy 120, west of Benton)

On August 19th our conservation partners at Historic Benton Hot Springs will be dedicating the Benton Historic Cemetery. Join them to learn more about the history of the area and those who settled here many decades ago. Don your historic funeral dress, and enjoy an evening of stories and reenactments featuring historic untimely deaths, funerals, burial traditions - plus wine, great food, music, and more!

Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will go to support research and restoration of the Benton Historic Cemetery. Limited lodging and camping will be available, and reservations are required - please call (760) 933-2287. For more info, click here.


Please check back soon, as we're frequently adding new opportunities to get out and explore, and to learn about how you can impact the future of conservation in the Eastern Sierra.