About Us

About Us

Visitor CenterFounded in 1977, the Sea and Desert Interpretive Association (SDIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting educational and interpretive activities of the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. The SDIA’s purpose is to promote a better understanding of the Salton Sea and its unique desert habitat.

The Association operates a gift shop at the park’s Visitor Center, which is staffed by volunteers. Numerous informational books, DVDs, maps, pamphlets and other materials are available. A free 15 minute video program about the Salton Sea is offered to park visitors.

As part of its support program, the SDIA furnishes equipment and supplies to assist park rangers and provides special funding for various community events. The SDIA provides funding for visitor and park services which cannot be funded by the state because of budgetary considerations. In cooperation with the state of California, the Association provides critical funding, volunteers and assistance in running the Salton Sea State Recreation Area.

Sea and Desert Interpretive Association members enjoy a 10 percent discount on any merchandise purchased at the Visitor Center gift shop at both Salton Sea State Recreation Area and Picacho State Recreation Area. They also will receive the news letter and regular updates on the state of the Salton Sea and the restoration programs designed to save it.

Vision

Inspiring the conservation of the Salton Sea and Lower Colorado River Basin.

Mission

The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association promotes educational and interpretive activities to restore, preserve and protect the unique natural and historic values of the Salton Sea.