We are Renovating

Beginning January 1, 2018, and continuing through January 31st, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed to accomplish exhibit renovation and maintenance projects, including the reorganization of permanent exhibitions and the addition of newly curated interpretation for local history and natural science displays.

The museum will reopen Thursday, February 1, 2018.  In addition to the new renovations, the museum will reopen with a new temporary exhibit, “Echoes of Silent Spring: 50 Years of Environmental Awareness.”

John Muir’s Botanical Legacy – September 21 – December 16, 2017

Nature’s Beloved Son:

Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy


In the spirit which John Muir embraced the botanical world, Nature’s Beloved Son traces his travels through North America and presents vivid images of the actual plants that Muir held in his hands, carried in his pockets, and preserved for all time.  Curated by Bonnie J. Gisel. Photographs by Stephen J.  Joseph.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – December 21, 2017


The History of Christmas Foods

with Stefanie Ritter

Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, bean casserole and pumpkin pie are easily recognized as a traditional holiday meal, but has it always been? How about swan and peacock served with feathers? When did you last have plum-pudding? Or a nice side of cooked tongue?

This lecture will enlighten you about the history and meaning of some of our favorite holiday dishes. Please bring your own memories of favorite dishes and if you wish the secret family recipe to share….

Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series once a month.  Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $ 5  or free for Museum Members/Sponsors.  Beverages will be served.

California Native Plant Society Lecture –November 16, 2017

An overview of rare and endangered plants of the Mojave Chapter region: Priorities for Protection

presented by  James M. André

The lecture starts at 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public

Jim is currently the director of the University of California’s Granite Mountain Desert Research Center and its satellite reserves, a position he has occupied since 1993. He is adjunct in the Department of Biology at the University of California Riverside, and a senior member of UCR’s Center for Conservation Biology.  At the GMDRC he currently oversees more than 170 academic research projects in the study of desert ecosystems, and has taught numerous field courses in desert ecology, botany, conservation biology. He has published several desert floras, and is now focusing on two larger projects: a Flora of the Mojave Desert, and a redraft of McMinn’s Manual of California Shrubs. Jim has been active in desert conservation and science advocacy, dating back to the early senator Cranston versions of the CDPA. He has served as Senior Advisor and Chair to the statewide CNPS Rare Plant Program for the past decade, and is continues to serve as Mojave Chapter rare plants chair.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – November 16, 2017

“A Visit with John Muir”

presented by Frank Helling

To John Muir life was a grand adventure! Geologist. botanist, explorer, adventurer, writer, philosopher, preservationist and political activist, John Muir lived life to its fullest. His ideas and  ideals have never been more relevant than they are today. Frank Helling brings the great mountaineer  to life in his performances.

An active adventurer and naturalist himself, Frank has devoted much of his life to ‘sauntering’ in Muir’s footsteps. He has back-packed, hiked and climbed in the Sierras, Rockies, Cascades, Alps, Alaska, Hawaii and the deserts of the American Southwest. He has worked as a ranger/naturalist in Kings Canyon Natural Park and a professional wilderness instructor. As an environmental activist Frank has served as program chair, conservation chair, environmental education chair and on the executive committee for the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club. Frank has performed for schools, universities, environmental and civic groups, in the National Parks and for special events throughout California.

Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series once a month.  Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $ 5  or free for Museum Members/Sponsors.  Beverages will be served.


MBHS presents — November 8, 2017

Santa Visit, Craft Faire, Snow Play Day – December 2, 2017

Take the whole family out for a pleasant winter outing  at the Community Center.  Enjoy shopping for some unique gifts at the annual Holiday Craft Faire, which are all hand-made by talented local artisans.  All through the event door prizes will be awarded.     

Bring your camera and visit Santa at the Museum, where he is looking forward to visiting with children. 

A big heap of real snow is waiting for the young outside and with hot cocoa and cookies in the courtyard, the holiday season is in full swing!

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free event!


Halloween Spooktacular – October 28, 2017

Join us for a day of FREE Halloween-themed games and activities at the Yucca Valley Community Center.

Dress in costume or come as you are and enjoy our frightfully fun activities. 

CARVED PUMPKIN CONTEST, Costume Contest,  Magic Show,  Photo Booth, Trick or Treat

Download Contest Rules here!

Chamber Music at the Museum- October 7 and 8, 2017

Chamber Music at the Museum


The Encelia Chamber Ensemble  &  The Creosote Brass Quintet

Tickets are available online for a donation of $15 for standard seating and $20 for preferred seating.*

Tickets are available online,

at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,

or at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday – Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Having trouble signing up online?  Click here:  How to sign up online

*All proceeds will benefit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

Brown Bag Evening Panel – September 21, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: Challenges of Equal Access

facilitated by Terrysa Guerra, Community Advocate

Public lands have always played a key role in America’s identity, but the rules about who has access to those spaces have not always been reflective of our country’s demographic diversity. Join us for a night of public discussion on the challenges of equal access to our public lands, monuments and national parks. Hear from a panel of experts on public land use and environmental leaders on their experiences of navigating issues of race, class and ethnicity. Learn about strategies of inclusion, and how the future of our public lands depend upon the public support of diverse communities.


Terrysa Guerra is a recent Texas to California transplant, and has had a 14 year career in advocacy work and community organizing for labor groups and political organizations. She currently works for a national non-profit, Make It Work, managing their state based programs.  



September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month    

With this panel the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is joining the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service and many more to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

The program starts at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is free and beverages will be served.