Sea and Desert Interpretive Association
Salton Sea State Recreation Area
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About SDIA
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Founded 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.

 

Salton Sea SRA

The SDIA works with the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and Picacho State Recreation Area by providing educational and interpretive activities for the public.

California State Park

Help support the park by planning a visit. There are many great outdoor activities available. Go fishing or hiking, bicycling or off-roading, your desert adventure awaits!

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Several campgrounds in the area offer a wide range of camping experiences. There are full hookups, tent sites and primitive beach sites available.

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Tilapia

The Salton Sea has been shrouded in bad publicity. The SDIA wants to clear up some of the rumors by providing this helpful page with facts and information. Find out the truth behind the Salton Sea and plan a visit to the area.

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