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Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association

Educating and inspiring people about Sierra Nevada and Great Basin public lands through interpretive products, exhibits, and programs.

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What We Do

ESIA, founded in 1970, is a 501(c)3 non-profit that partners with local, tribal, and federal governments and fellow nonprofits to provide interpretive education about the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin landscapes. We hope to translate the beauty and uniqueness of public lands for people to develop a deeper appreciation of these places, and in turn, become better stewards.

ESIA operates bookstores in visitor centers in collaboration with agency partners. Our 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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Land Acknowledgement

Public lands in the United States hold the creation stories, burial grounds, and ceremonies of Indigenous people who were killed or forcibly removed from their ancestral homes during territorial acquisition.

Many tribes, comprised of different bands, live in the Eastern Sierra region, caring for their native lands as they coexist with the ongoing impacts of colonization. Past or present tribes and bands associated with the region that this effort is aware of include, but are not limited to, the Miwok, Mono Lake Kutzadika’a, Mono/Monache, Nüümü (Paiute), Newe (Shoshone), Timbi-Sha, Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute, and Washoe.

Two Nüümü terms describe the region and provide important context. The first is Pamidu Toiyabe (Western Mountains), and the other, more widely known, place name is Payahuunadü (The Place Where Water Flows). This acknowledgement is an invitation to all organizations, residents, and visitors to recognize the way this history has shaped the present as all parties work together in anticipation of a better future.

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Our Mission/Our Vision

Our mission is to educate and inspire people about Sierra Nevada and Great Basin 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