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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. 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.

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Our Mission/Our Vision

Our mission is to educate and inspire people about Eastern Sierra 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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Our Values ESIA pink flower (decorative)

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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