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Dear Sierra Nevada visitors and residents,

This is an unprecedented moment for visitors to the Sierra Nevada, our Federal partners and ESIA.  ESIA’s bookstores are only open at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center (Lone Pine) and the Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center (Mammoth Lakes). These two locations are open Thursday through Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are working on opening the rest of the ESIA bookstores in the other three Inyo National Forest locations. More information to come soon on those plans. ESIA is following the state of California and local county COVID-19 health restrictions for bookstore operation during the Regional State at Home Order.

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 will provide updated information as the situation changes, in the meantime, please email or call (760) 872-1220 if you should have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on your next visit, but for now, please focus on your health and safety.

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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