Expanded Opening Hours


The Hi-Desert Nature Museum has extended its hours! We are now open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Enjoy great exhibits, air-conditioning and friendly staff.   We are looking forward to seeing you!

Family Fun Day – July 28, 2018

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – July 19, 2018

Be FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY – The reproductive  Life of Insects

The reproductive lives of insects are as    diverse and interesting as the critters are themselves. Carnivorous children turn into vegetarian grown ups. Children are orphaned. Fathers are beheaded, mothers perfumed – everything is possible.



Family Fun Day – July 28, 2018

Visit the GIANT TOY Arcade at this TOY-themed Family Fun Day! Enjoy a wide variety of games and craft activities for all ages as well as face painting, a scavenger hunt and explore the amazing “Toys – The Inside Story” exhibit.  This event is FREE and will keep the whole family engaged for hours!

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Face Painting & Photo Ops
  • Toys & GIANT Games


Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – June 21, 2018

Coyote Hole Canyon Surprises

By John Michael Rafter

Coyote Hole Canyon is located near Joshua Tree Village, California, and just north of the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.  The approximately 3,000-foot-long canyon stretches from south to north and rock art can be found on its east and west sides on granitic boulders.  John was first introduced to Coyote Hole Canyon and its rock art in 1990.  During his studies there he encountered several surprises involving its rock art, the likes of which he has not seen elsewhere.  John reports evidence of several rock art alignments with significant solar events,  including unique sunlight and shadow interactions with rock art.  Recent findings revealed even more solar alignments, and one such alignment appears to be still in observance by someone or some group as recently as 2017.

John Rafter has been interested in the study of rock art since 1975.  He became Mr. Turner’s assistant field director in the Black Canyon rock art recording project and he used his artistic talents to properly record the canyon’s rock art.  Ultimately, his study of rock art merged with his interest in archaeoastronomy, which then led him to sites he found to have astronomical connections in areas once occupied by the Luiseño and the Chemehuevi.  This also led him to a fortuitous meeting with the late Carobeth Laird, author of  “The Chemehuevis”.   John inherited over 3,500 pages of Mrs. Laird’s ethnographic notes that contained rare information on the Chemehuevi’s vast knowledge of astronomy.  .  Since 1981, John has been one of the guest speakers at the San Diego Rock Art symposium, all on the subject of his many archaeoastronomical findings.

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.

Chamber Music at the Museum June 9 & 10, 2018


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

Tickets can be purchased online,

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

or 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.

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.