Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Exhibition 2019


ON DISPLAY March 14 through May 18, 2019

In today’s era of heightened environmental awareness, artists are increasingly turning to junk stores, trash bins, and surplus outlets to satisfy their urge to create while still caring for the planet.  The 2019 exhibition, themed “Think: Reconstruction,” is meant to make people rethink our throw-away society by sharing the local community’s innovation and often surprising use of reused and recycled materials. Individual and group projects are welcome and children are particularly encouraged to participate.


Museum Lecture – May 16, 2019

The Next Steps – Tortoise Protection from Raven Impact

with Allison Fedrick, Tortoise Outreach & Animal Care Keeper Living Desert

Ravens are smart, intriguing birds. Once migratory, they have taken residence in the desert. Their overwhelming population has created an ecosystem in jeopardy. Join us to learn more about this complicated phenomenon and how Wildlife Recreationists can help.

Allison Fedrick
Tortoise Outreach & Animal Care Keeper Living Desert, Palm Desert

Bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our 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 – April 20, 2019

Earth Day – April 20, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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 20th from 9:00 a.m. 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.




Museum Lecture – March 28, 2019

The Great Kīlauea Eruption of 2018

presented by Dr. Richard Hazlett, U.S.G.S. Hawaii.

Dr. Hazlett presents a scientific overview of the largest eruption of  Kīlauea volcano on the Island of Hawaiʽi in 200 years, which ended last  September. Ten thousand persons were displaced or threatened, 700 homes buried with lava, and 800 acres of new land added to the island. Geologists tracked the unfolding activity with GPS receivers, seismometers, drones, infrasound and other technologies, some applied systematically to volcanoes for the first time. This eruption was historically important; scientists and residents of the Big Island will be talking about it a century from now.

Dr. Hazlett was one of the participating geologists from the U.S. Geological Survey monitoring this activity, and will speak about what it taught us as we learn to live more wisely with Nature.

Dr. Richard Hazlett is a volcanologist, artist, environmentalist and academician who taught for 28 years at Pomona College in Southern California and currently is appointed as an affiliate faculty member of the Geology Department at the University of Hawaiʿi in Hilo, and a research associate with the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. In addition to playing an intimate role monitoring and recording the recent Kīlauea east rift zone eruption, his field work has taken him as far afield as Central America, Italy, Iceland, and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. His hobbies include snorkeling and reef-fish identification, landscaping, and practicing classical guitar. He is a resident of Wainaku, on the flank of Maunakea. He is a co-author of two books of local interest, “Roadside Geology of Hawaii” (Mountain Press), and “Volcanoes: A Global Perspective” (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing).

Bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our 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.

Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change – January 5 – March 10, 2019


“Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change” addresses the effects of changing weather patterns on a universal symbol of the Golden State’s beauty: the wildflower.

Through a display of more than 45 landscape photographs by Bay Area-based photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, this traveling exhibition is a visual survey of California’s diverse and delicately-balanced ecosystems that reveals the effects of global warming and other human impacts on our native plants. A large, colorful map of the state’s diverse botanical regions and a description of each was co-created with the California Native Plant Society.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been capturing the essence of the human spirit and the transcendent beauty of the natural world in images for over 30 years as WinterBadger Fine Art. Their work has been featured in numerous galleries and publications including the British Museum of Natural History, American Photo, New York Times, Sunset and Washington Post, among others.

California Wildflowers and Climate Change” will continue on a statewide tour through Exhibit image2019 organized by Exhibit Envoy.

MBHS Lecture Series


Museum Lecture – February 28, 2019

Baskets of the Cahuilla and Serrano Indians:

Their Manufacture, Materials and Uses 

 presented by Daniel McCarthy, M.S.

Native Americans have lived in this region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans.  Baskets are perhaps one of the oldest artifacts used continually throughout much of prehistory and that continue to be made today.  An overview will be presented about the materials use to make them, their age and uses.  Join us in learning more as we discover our past.


Image result for daniel mccarthy archaeologistDaniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology, has worked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest and throughout Southern California compiling photographic inventories of the rock art of this region. Formerly he was the Director of the Cultural Resources Management Department for four years with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and spent 18 years on the San Bernardino National Forest as archaeologist and Tribal Relations Program Manager. His research interests include desert archaeology, Native American uses of plants, aboriginal trail systems, material culture of the Cahuilla and Serrano Indians and recording rock art.

Bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our 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.


UPDATE:  Due to weather conditions and road closures, this lecture, originally scheduled for

Thursday, February 21st, has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 28th.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Chamber music at the Museum – February 16 & 17, 2019

We are pleased to announce the 1st  Chamber Music concert of the 2019 season at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on Saturday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. for a Matinee.   During this concert series, titled “A Musical Journey through Space and Time,” the Encelia Chamber Ensemble will be joined by several soloists.
Tickets are available for a donation of $15 for standard seating and $20 for preferred seating.*

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – January 17, 2019

The Changing Wildlife and Environment of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert

Lori Hargrove, PhD, Research Ecologist, San Diego Natural History Museum


Joseph Grinnell and his colleagues at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, documented the fauna of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve through site exploration primarily during the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Since 2016, the Department of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum has been resurveying these same sites, using the historic surveys as a standard for gauging more recent changes. In Joshua Tree, the main theme of change is the decrease of many species associated with chaparral and pinyon/juniper woodland, paralleling the decrease in these habitats wrought by drought and fire, but a few species have recently colonized Joshua Tree.  Join Dr. Lori Hargrove for this very informative lecture and see which species of birds and mammals are moving in and which have left the Morongo Basin.


Bio:  Dr. Hargrove first joined the San Diego Natural History Museum as a volunteer in 1995, where she became fascinated with birds and their habitat relationships. She went on to receive her PhD in Biology at UC Riverside, where she won numerous research awards. A focus of her study has been on elevational shifts of bird species and the mechanisms involved, including response to fire and climate change. She is now leading a variety of ecological research projects for the museum, including the NSF-funded Grinnell Resurvey Project.


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.

A Great Frontier Odyssey —- November 1 – December 22, 2018

Underground Village

Arkansas Pilgrims

After the opening of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, the public clamored for images of the newly accessible American West. The Harper Brother’s publishing firm in New York sought to capitalize on this, and chose Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny to provide images of the frontier. The intrepid men were skilled at depicting newsworthy places or events that favored the plight of the common man. Coupled with their artistic and journalistic talent and keen powers of observation, they were a powerful team; Tavernier created each engraving’s watercolor painting before handing it off to Frenzeny, who added newsworthy details and drew the scene in pencil on wood blocks.

A Great Frontier Odyssey: Sketching the American West is curated by Dr. Claudine Chalmers and traveled by Exhibit Envoy.