Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 2018

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s much anticipated annual art exhibition showcases artwork made from recycled and reused materials in an effort to raise awareness about our “throw-away” society and its impact on the environment.  This is a community-curated exhibition, where adults, young adults, and children alike have the opportunity to express their creativity and environmental stewardship. Click here for Submissions Rules for 2018.

 

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – May 17, 2018 – 12 p.m.

Exploring the Solar System –

The Incredible Journeys of the Great Space Probes

presented by Steve Caron

An in-depth look at the exploration of the solar system by earthbound space probes and the fascinating discoveries they’ve made.

For over 50 years, unmanned spacecraft have visited and explored the neighboring planets and moons in our solar system, sending back pictures and information that has captivated and inspired a generation. This golden age of discovery is full of fascinating stories and their journeys are truly some of the modern marvels of human ingenuity.

Steve Caron is a local astronomer and musician in the high desert. Originally from the San Francisco area and later on, Los Angeles, he moved to Twentynine Palms in 2013 to enjoy the dark night skies. He is committed to astronomy outreach programs and is the lead astronomer with the new Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club. He volunteered at Sky’s the Limit from 2013-2017 and is currently a volunteer astronomer with Joshua Tree National Park.  As a musician, he plays with several local ensembles, including Desert Sõl, the Harmonic Winds, the Mojave Brass and the Joshua Tree Philharmonic. Steve attended the University of Southern California where he studied music and astronomy. He is also active in the teaching community with private students and is a faculty member of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Arts Academy. Steve has been practicing astronomy from a very young age and is also an avid astrophotographer.

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.

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.