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Dear Sierra Nevada visitors and residents,

Visitation is humming along at a good clip. We ask the visitors of the Sierra Nevada to follow the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the local county health department and the respective state.

The Inyo National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, Devils Postpile National Monument, and Manzanar National Historic Site are fully open or have a modified schedule.  The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Ranger Stations are not open. ESIA is following the state of California and local county COVID-19 health restrictions for bookstore operation.

National Forest Service Partners

  • Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center (Lone Pine) – Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • White Mountain Visitor Center (Bishop) – Open Thursday-Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4;30 p.m.
  • Schulman Grove Visitor Center (Bristlecone) – Open Thursday-Monday from 10:00 a.m. t0 4:00 p.m.
  • Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center (Mammoth Lakes) – Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (Lee Vining) – Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tahoe National Forest Ranger Station locations (Camptonville, Nevada City, Foresthill, Sierraville, and Truckee) are open Monday through Friday.
  • Humboldt-Toiyabe locations are not currently open.

National Park Service Partners

  • Devils Postpile National Monument is open daily. The ESIA bookstore is open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Manzanar National Historic Site visitor center and bookstore are open Friday-Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The site is open daily from dawn until dusk.

Our online store is open so that you can purchase books and other items for gifts, reading, and to support planning for your future travel to the Sierra Nevada.  Our membership and donation program provides a discount for purchases and further supports ESIA.

We look forward to seeing you on your visit.

Best regards,

Jeff Gabriel
Executive Director

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Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association

Educating and inspiring people about Eastern Sierra Public Lands through interpretive products, exhibits, and programs.

As one of the oldest nonprofits in the region, the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) was established in 1970 by visionary citizens interested in helping the U.S. Forest Service provide interpretive education relevant to the unique surrounding landscape, sharing with the public the importance of the Sierra public lands. ESIA became one of the first independent organizations in the United States to operate under a Participating Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service for educational purposes. In 1971 ESIA received its nonprofit 501(c)3 status. Today, ESIA’s ongoing agency partnerships include the Inyo National Forest, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, Death Valley National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument, Manzanar National Historic Site, and the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office.

Our Mission/Our Vision

Our mission is to educate and inspire people about Sierra Nevada public lands through high quality interpretive products, exhibits, and programs.

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The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) is dedicated to forging strong emotional and intellectual bonds between the Sierra Nevada and visitors of this broad region.

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Support and work closely with our public agency partners

Collaborate with our non-profit to achieve better outcomes.

Provide outstanding customer service

Encourage diversity in our program planning and implementation

Provide leadership in demonstrating professional interpretation in the Eastern Sierra

Act with integrity and fairness in all we do

Communicate openly and frequently both inside and outside our organization

Ensure financial responsibility and accountability

Show respect for everyone we encounter

Build and maintain a satisfying and fun work environment

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