Earth Day Fair 2018

Each April the Morongo Basin celebrates the annual Earth Day Fair.  Presented by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, the event has been a community favorite for over a decade.  This year’s fair will take place on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 am to 2:00 p.m. and will be setting out again to educate, innovate, and inspire.  In addition to learning about the latest and greatest planet-saving solutions, the event also features great shopping for amazing nature inspired or environmentally friendly arts and crafts.  The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is seeking vendors and exhibitors for the event including artists, designers, crafters and environmental organizations that offer information or products that convey the event theme.  The deadline for all vendor applications is March 9, 2018; accepted vendors will be notified by March 16, 2018.  The application deadline for exhibitors and non-profit organizations is March 23, 2018.

Download the application here:  Earth Day Application 2018

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – March 15, 2018

“Hide & Seek River”

Come and learn about the “Hide & Seek River”! What impacts has human development had on the Mojave River? What was the Mojave River like pre-development? Mojave Water Agency Senior Hydrogeologist/Engineer Tony Winkel combines science and history in a fascinating journey through the time of historical conditions of the Mojave River. Hear about the hydrology of science with some colorful human history sprinkled in!

This special lecture will be hosted by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum and Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency.

This lecture is FREE, but seating is limited.

Echoes of Silent Spring Exhibit

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.”  In 1962, a publication alerted the people of the world to potential dangers in pesticide use and thus ignited a global environmental movement.  This was the book Silent Spring, which was written by marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson.  This exhibit aims to revisit Carson’s research.  Beyond the book, the exhibit also considers several interrelated issues such as environmental sustainability and agricultural practices, ethics, law and women in science.  Read the book and come to the museum to experience the exhibit!  “Echoes of Silent Spring” will be on display until March 17, 2018.

Chamber Music at the Museum – February 17 & 18, 2018

Chamber Music at the Museum

featuring

The Encelia Chamber Ensemble  &  Frank Martinez

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

Tickets are available online,

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

or after February 1st at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.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 Lunch Lecture – February 15, 2018

Living on the Edge, San Bernardino Kangaroo Rats and Fire, Floods, and Development

with Geary Hund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat, like its namesake hops on its hind legs and it has two pouches (for storing seeds). It lives in a unique and dynamic environment, the habitat which forms in river bottoms between floods. This survival strategy ensures that its habitat will be refreshed from time to time by flooding and may reduce competition from other animals, but it also means that it lives in constant risk of being flooded out of house and home.  Now, in addition to floods the San Bernardino kangaroo rat is at risk from human activities such as the construction of flood control structures, in-stream mining and the development of housing tracts. Find out how this resilient, adaptable, animal, and the plants and animals it coexists with, are managing in an ever changing environment and what its prospects are for the future.

Geary is a graduate of Humboldt State University with Bachelor of Science Wildlife Biology and Natural Resources.  He was a career employee with California State Parks, working first as a park ranger and then an ecologist.  After retiring from State, he worked as a refuge biologist at Cibola National Wildlife Refuge.  He subsequently served as the California public lands director for The Wilderness Society and the Associate Director of the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy.  He’s currently working as a Senior Scientist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service doing endangered species work.

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.

 

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.