A Note to our Visitors

The safety and well-being of our staff, visitors, and volunteers are always our highest priorities. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide a healthy and safe environment for all visitors we are continually monitoring the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to being responsive, heeding guidance on prevention measures from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is currently open during regular business hours. We are taking extra precautionary measures to disinfect our space throughout each day, as well as providing extra hand sanitizer. Public areas are already cleaned daily, but we are increasing our efforts at cleaning high-touch areas such as the Kids Corner.

What You Can Do: 

Though we would love to see you at the Museum, if you are sick, please stay home and avoid close contact with others, as recommended by the CDC.  

Other recommendations include:  

  • Wash your hands. Do so often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  
  • If the opportunity for hand washing is not available, use hand sanitizers.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw that tissue away and wash your hands.  
  • If possible, avoid close contact with others (handshakes, hugs, etc.) 

Audubon’s Quadrupeds: His Last Project — January 9 – March 31, 2020

Audubon”s Quadrupeds: His Last Project

After the phenomenal success of Audubon’s Birds of America project, he turned his talents towards the four-footed creatures. With the artistic assistance of his two sons, and in concert with co-author John Bachman, Audubon plunged into this endeavor with his characteristic vigor and talent.  He created the first American produced, illustrated compilation of indigenous fauna.


This exhibit was curated by Lee Silliman/Lee’s Graphics from Missoula, Montana


Hi-Noon Museum Lecture – February 20, 2020

Luis Fuerte is the five-time Emmy-winning former cameraman for California’s Gold and other Huell Howser shows. Born in San Bernardino, Fuerte became a cameraman after two years in the US Navy and attending LA Valley College to study television engineering. Fuerte has been named Latino of the Year and has won many other awards, including the Golden Mic. He retired after forty-eight years in television and now lives with his wife in Rialto, California.

Chamber Music at the Museum – February 8 and February 9, 2020

Welcome a new decade and “Grab Life by the Horns” with this concert. Enjoy the beautiful music for two Horns and String Quartet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi,  Joseph Haydn, Georg Philip Telemann and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Reserve your tickets now!

Saturday February 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. (Matinee)

Tickets will be available for a donation of $15 for standard seating and $20 for preferred seating.*

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

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

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

OR online:


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

Hi-Noon Museum Lecture – January 23, 2020


Kurt Leuschner is a Professor of Natural Resources at College of the Desert where he teaches courses on Conservation, Entomology, Field Ornithology, Native Plants, and GPS Navigation. Kurt also teaches weekend courses and workshops on bird watching, insects, GPS, and backyard habitats for UCR Extension, the Desert Institute, the Desert Studies Center, and the Living Desert. His latest research project involves the sound recording of the various subspecies of North American Scrub-Jays.

Earth Day 2020 Poster

Earth Day Forms 2020

Hi-Noon Museum Lecture – December 19, 2019

Museums – once focused on collections management and the dissemination of academic knowledge to the public — are increasingly embracing an additional role of promoting dialogue and diversity. This is evident in practices such as unseating academic expertise in favor of elevating hidden narratives, eschewing artifacts in favor of emotive objects, and exhibitions that broadly address difficult subjects and expose uncomfortable truths. Through this work, museums are doing something new – instead of demonstrating our shared humanity pedagogically, they are invoking and enabling it. In this presentation we will explore and experience how intimate encounters with first-hand accounts can promote empathy and new ways of relating to the world through “radical listening.” This presentation draws particularly from the speaker’s co-curating and managing of “In|Dignity” — an exhibition featuring documentary photography and first-person accounts from 43 Inland Empire community members. Participants represented marginalized demographics and intersectional identities, and their stories provide an intimate look into daily affronts to self-worth and community belonging, and at the same time hope and dignity in difference. The original exhibition (open in 2018) inspired a theatrical performance, and now a mobile show and curriculum sponsored by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (visit http://indignityexhibit.weebly.com).


Presenter Bio: Arianna Huhn is the Director of the Anthropology Museum at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), where she has curated a series of exhibitions centered on narratives, rather than objects. The largest of these installations was In|Dignity (2018), which received funding from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute. Arianna holds an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University. She has taught courses in Anthropology, Museum Studies, and African Studies at Whittier College, San Diego State, and currently at CSUSB, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Arianna is originally from San Diego, and currently lives in Yucaipa with her partner and two children.


Santa Visit, Snow Play Day & Craft Faire – December 7, 2019

Holiday Schedule 2019/2020


The Museum will be closed for the Holidays and maintenance

and will resume normal business hours on

Thursday, January 9th, 2020.

Happy Holidays!