Eastern Sierra Land Trust - Upcoming Events

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



Crayons & Paint

Saturday, July 29

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Karen's Preserve (map)

Are you and your kids looking to escape the heat and explore the Eastern Sierra this summer? If so, we hope you'll join us for our first-ever Crayons & Paint: a free family day of activities, learning, and exploration in the Eastern Sierra!

Crayons & Paint will be an opportunity for families with children between the ages of 5 and 15 to have fun getting creative in nature.Alongside other kids and their parents, you’ll play games to learn more about local wildlife, animal tracks, native plants, and more. We’ll do art projects together out in the wild, take a kid-friendly hike around the Preserve, and sit down in the shade for a bring-your-own picnic lunch. And at the end of the day, all participants will go home with an activity book to keep the outdoor fun and learning going all summer long.

Attendance at this event is limited. Please RSVP to Indigo at indigo@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.


Volunteer Day at Benton Hot Springs Ranch
Saturday, July 29

8:00 am - 11:00 am
Benton Hot Springs Ranch (map)

Not afraid to get your feet wet? We'd love your assistance as we dig out bulrush, then move it to a place at the Benton Ponds where it will thrive and help crowd out an aggressive invasive plant. For more information and to RSVP, contact Indigo at indigo@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.




Lands & Legacy Celebration

Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13

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!

Please Note: the number of seats remaining for our Lands & Legacy Celebration is very limited, and reservations can no longer be made online. Please call us at (760) 873-4554 today to reserve your spot or be added to a wait list.

Are you interested in becoming a Lands & Legacy Celebration Sponsor? Click Here to learn more about the benefits of sponsoring our event, and call us at (760) 873-4554 to make your sponsorship gift online today.

Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner

Saturday, August 12

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Parallax Restaurant at Mammoth Mountain

Hosted by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, our annual "Party of the Year" will take place 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.

The evening will also feature our signature Paddle Raise: a way for guests like you 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.


Lands & Legacy Guided Land Tours

All Lands & Legacy dinner guests are invited to join us for one of two land tours, to be held the same weekend as the Benefit Dinner:

  • Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve Tour

Free for Lands & Legacy guests

Friday, August 11

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meet at Mono Lake County Park to depart by 1pm (map)

As you explore our Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve, learn about the property's fascinating history from historian Dale Johnson. This Preserve was the location of one of the earliest hydroelectric powerhouses in the American West, which provided electricity to the Standard Mill at Bodie from 1893-1923. Hear stories from Dale, who since retiring from his 34-year career as an Electrical Engineer, has made a hobby of researching all the hydroelectric powerhouses in the west, especially in California.

  • Benton Hot Springs Ranch Tour

Free for Lands & Legacy guests

Sunday, August 13

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at The Green Church to depart by 8am (Junction of Hwy 395 and Benton Crossing Road - map)

At our conservation easement at Benton Hot Springs Ranch, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at one of our biggest ongoing habitat restoration projects. For several years, we have been partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create a home for the rare Owens speckled dace at the Benton Ponds. You'll get an up-close view of this project and a chance to observe a variety of birds as we tour this beautiful wetland. You'll also hear from landowner Bill Bramlette about the property's history and the work he's doing to preserve the historic town of Benton.


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.


Volunteer Day: Scenic Highway 395 Cleanup
Tuesday, August 29

7:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at the ESLT office to carpool (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop - click here for map)

Join our volunteer team as we clean up our section of Scenic Highway 395, located north of Bishop along Sherwin Grade. For details and to sign up, contact Indigo: indigo@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.


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.