Snow School


Friends of the Inyo and the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association believe that every child in the Eastern Sierra should get a hands-on outdoor educational experience in their backyards. Fortunately, Winter Wildlands Alliance—a national organization devoted to protecting the human-powered winter recreation experience—has created a SnowSchool curriculum that is easy for organizations like ours to pick-up and implement on a local level. 

Our Work

Since the beginning of the program in 2017, we’ve gotten 450 Mammoth and Bishop fifth-graders out to don snowshoes, dig snowpits, calculate snow/water equivalence, learn about how the critters and trees adapt to life in a harsh winterscape, and of course, play!


Listen to FOI’s Lindsay Butcher’s 1/19 Interview about the Backcountry Film Festival on KMMT!

If you think you missed KMMT-FM’s John DeMaria’s interview with Friends of the Inyo’s Stewardship Director Lindsay Butcher last Friday (Jan. 19), you didn’t! Listen to a recording of it here to learn about  the Backcountry Film Festival, which Friends of the Inyo is hosting on Friday, Jan. 26, in Bishop, and Saturday, Jan. 27, in Mammoth Lakes.  Tickets are just $25 at, and proceeds help fund this year’s SnowSchool, FREE to local 5th Graders. Happy listening…And if you like what you hear, happy sharing!

Hot off the Press: The December Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Juniper E-Newsletter is Here!

With a heart full of gratitude, we bid farewell to another exciting year of Eastern Sierra conservation and protection in Friends of the Inyo’s December Juniper Newsletter. We provide plenty of opportunities for continued engagement in upcoming worthwhile projects in the most white and magical season that ends the Old Year while it ushers us all into the New Year! Happy reading! Happy sharing! And…Join us!