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
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.
Inspiring the conservation of the Salton Sea and Lower Colorado River Basin.
Promote educational and interpretive activities to conserve the unique natural and historical values of the Salton Sea and Picacho State Recreation Areas.