IMPORTANT UPDATE: Lands & Legacy 2015 is now sold out! Were you still hoping to reserve a ticket for our Party of the Year? Call us at (760) 873-4554 to be added to our wait list!
With your help, ESLT has already made a major impact on the future of California’s “Wild Side” – our treasured Eastern Sierra. We’ve protected vital wildlife habitat and generations-old working family farms. We’ve spearheaded stewardship and restoration projects that will help native plants and animal species thrive for decades to come. We’ve launched educational programs aimed at inspiring a deep appreciation of our special landscape in local elementary school students. And we’ve built a foundation for a tradition of land conservation that will last far beyond our lifetime.
With more than 10,000 acres of critically-important land in the Eastern Sierra now protected forever, we have some monumental accomplishments to celebrate – and, more importantly, we have a future to plan.
In celebration of our recent successes and the good work in store, we invite you to join us as we come together and raise our glasses at our 2015 Lands & Legacy!
Since ESLT’s first benefit dinner in 2009, our Lands & Legacy Celebration has grown into our annual “Party of the Year”: an opportunity to gather together and toast our work protecting our treasured Eastern Sierra lands. Bringing together friends both new and old, Lands & Legacy celebrates our successes and gives us an occasion to dream big.
And this year’s Lands & Legacy Celebration will be bigger than ever. We’re thrilled to announce that – back by popular demand! – Chris Webster and Nina Gerber will return to the Eastern Sierra to headline our 2nd annual Lands & Legacy Benefit Concert, following our signature Benefit Dinner on Saturday, July 25. After a fantastic performance at last year’s Lands & Legacy, these two skilled and artful musical talents were thrilled to have a chance to support ESLT once more and wow our crowd with their funky bluesy-folk-rock tunes. Buy your tickets today, and get ready to dance!
Beginning with a breathtaking gondola ride up Mammoth Mountain, our Saturday night benefit dinner will be held in conjunction with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area at their unparalleled Parallax Restaurant. Located at 9,600 feet overlooking the High Sierra, the setting will provide us with spectacular sunset views and the perfect place to mingle in fine company before the Benefit Concert. As we admire this stunning panorama, we’ll enjoy a full bar and a delicious, locally-sourced dinner.
The evening will also feature a Paddle Raise: a new way for guests to champion causes that will have a major impact on our region. With a fundraising goal of $10,000 and donation opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $50, the Paddle Raise will offer you the chance to lift your paddle high and make a gift in support of an upcoming conservation project or program.
In addition, all Lands & Legacy ticketholders are invited to join us that same weekend as we visit the lands you’ve helped save forever. When you purchase your Celebration Weekend tickets, select either the Conway Ranch Walking Tour or the Green Creek Arborglyph Tour:
Conway Ranch Walking Tour: Friday, July 24 from 1-4pm
After meeting for lunch at 11:45 at Lee Vining’s famed Whoa Nellie Deli (not included), we’ll carpool out just north of Mono Lake to our recently protected Conway Ranch Conservation Easement. There, we’ll be joined by important project partners from Caltrans and Mono County for an afternoon spent exploring this iconic landscape, looking for wildlife, and learning about the property’s natural and political history – and future.
Green Creek Arborglyphs Tour: Sunday, July 26 from 9am-1pm
The morning after our Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner, we’ll carpool to our Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve, a lovely woodland south of Bridgeport Valley. The tour will focus on a vital and little-known aspect of the Eastern Sierra’s history: its Basque heritage and the unique aspen tree carvings Basque sheepherders left behind. Nancy Hadlock and Richard Potashin will accompany us as we hike the property, pointing out some of the region’s oldest carvings and sharing with us fascinating details they’ve learned in their 15 years of Arborglyph study.
Spots on these tours are very limited, and are only available to those who have purchased tickets for the Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner. If you are interested in attending both tours, please email Mini at .
We’re planning many more fun surprises for our Lands & Legacy Celebration Weekend – we hope you’ll join us!
Our sincere thanks goes out to our current Lands & Legacy 2015 Sponsors:
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Benefit Dinner Co-Host
Betsey Tyler, Benefit Concert Sponsor
Independent Project Press, Event Sponsor
Are you or your business interested in sponsoring our 2015 Lands & Legacy? Please contact Mini Mantzouranis, ESLT’s Membership Development Coordinator, at or (760) 873-4554 to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship!