Lots of Exciting Events on the Horizon at ESLT!

This spring is shaping up to be a busy season for ESLT. With several exciting upcoming events and newsworthy announcements to share, it’s hard to know where to start! Thus, we’re devoting this week’s blog post to just that: Notable News at ESLT.

The Return of ESLT’s Brown Bag Lunch Series

It’s time for the first installment of our 2013 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Held on the first Wednesday of every month between May and October, the BBL is a great way to learn about newsworthy conservation projects or issues, and to meet the people behind the news.

On May 1, our topic will be Creating COSA: Conservation Open Space Area on the Bishop Paiute Reservation. Our speakers will be Brian Adkins, Environmental Director, and Hillary Behr, AmeriCorps member and Wetland Restoration Coordinator, from the Bishop Paiute Tribe; they look forward to sharing details about the establishment of this 25-acre preserve with the community.

Everyone is invited to attend, and encouraged to bring his/her own lunch. The Brown Bag Lunch will be held in ESLT’s garden at 176 Home St. in Bishop (and indoors during inclement weather). Join us for this fun and informative afternoon event!

Film Premiere – Valleys and Vistas: Preserving the Wild Side of California

Valleys and Vistas truly underscores our pride in the land we call home, and what we do to preserve its scenic and working lands. Photo courtesy of Bristlecone Media.

ESLT recently partnered with Bristlecone Media, a team of award-winning local filmmakers, to tell the story of our work in the Eastern Sierra. The resulting short film, “Valleys and Vistas: Preserving the Wild Side of California,” features stunning imagery, an explanation of the role we play as a land trust, and interviews with local farmers, ranchers, and ESLT staff.

We invite everyone to join us at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center on Saturday, May 11 for the inaugural screening. This fun event starts at 7:30, with wine, desserts and some celebratory champagne provided. All members are invited to attend for free; we’re asking for a $10 donation from non-members. You can join ESLT at our membership table on site. For more information, contact Lesley at 760-873-4554 or email lesley@eslt.org.

Garden Fest

On May 16th, ESLT will be welcoming spring at our 2013 Gardenfest. This event  promotes local food production and gardening in the Eastern Sierra, features local organizations, a seed swap, and refreshments. There will also be fun educational and interactive activities for kids.

More information TBA soon – stay tuned for details!

The Sunflower Project is underway in the ESLT Garden

The newest addition to the ESLT staff, AmeriCorps Member and Education Coordinator Elise Robinette, has jumped right in and begun work on the ESLT Sunflower Garden Project. Each year, ESLT pairs up with several Bishop Elementary’s 3rd grade classes and engages the students in a multi-day hands-on learning experience. Students have the opportunity to learn the basics of garden ecology, plant their own individual sunflowers and observe the growing processes, and ultimately become more connected to the natural plant world. During their visits to the ESLT garden, students will get to participate in fun and interactive activities, and will bookend the project with a Garden Party at the end of the school year.

Though we don’t expect the sunflowers to bloom until July, the ESLT garden has been overflowing with fresh growth lately. We’ve compiled a collection of recent garden photos to share with the community:

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