MBHS presents — November 8, 2017

Santa Visit, Craft Faire, Snow Play Day – December 2, 2017

Take the whole family out for a pleasant winter outing  at the Community Center.  Enjoy shopping for some unique gifts at the annual Holiday Craft Faire, which are all hand-made by talented local artisans.  All through the event door prizes will be awarded.     

Bring your camera and visit Santa at the Museum, where he is looking forward to visiting with children. 

A big heap of real snow is waiting for the young outside and with hot cocoa and cookies in the courtyard, the holiday season is in full swing!

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free event!


Halloween Spooktacular – October 28, 2017

Join us for a day of FREE Halloween-themed games and activities at the Yucca Valley Community Center.

Dress in costume or come as you are and enjoy our frightfully fun activities. 

CARVED PUMPKIN CONTEST, Costume Contest,  Magic Show,  Photo Booth, Trick or Treat

Download Contest Rules here!

Chamber Music at the Museum- October 7 and 8, 2017

Chamber Music at the Museum


The Encelia Chamber Ensemble  &  The Creosote Brass Quintet

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

Tickets are available online,

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

or at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday – Thursday, 12:00 p.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 Evening Panel – September 21, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: Challenges of Equal Access

facilitated by Terrysa Guerra, Community Advocate

Public lands have always played a key role in America’s identity, but the rules about who has access to those spaces have not always been reflective of our country’s demographic diversity. Join us for a night of public discussion on the challenges of equal access to our public lands, monuments and national parks. Hear from a panel of experts on public land use and environmental leaders on their experiences of navigating issues of race, class and ethnicity. Learn about strategies of inclusion, and how the future of our public lands depend upon the public support of diverse communities.


Terrysa Guerra is a recent Texas to California transplant, and has had a 14 year career in advocacy work and community organizing for labor groups and political organizations. She currently works for a national non-profit, Make It Work, managing their state based programs.  



September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month    

With this panel the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is joining the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service and many more to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

The program starts at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is free and beverages will be served.


Conservation Quest – Youth Exhibit June 10 – Sept 16, 2017


Join the quest to learn about energy and conservation.

Loaded with hands-on interactives, Conservation Quest delivers important conservation messages, inspiring visitors to make thoughtful choices about energy use. Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. See how simple actions can make big differences for families, communities and the planet.

  • Find ways to save with light bulbs, electricity and recycling
  • Explore solar, wind and hydropower
  • Connect circuits to power up lights, alarms and fans
  • Take the green challenge– a computer interactive on green choices
  • Check out the latest energy-saving inventions and learn about the future of energy
Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s traveling exhibits are unlike anything… anywhere.
Created to inspire lifelong learning through inquiry and play, the exhibits provide an interactive educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – August 17, 2017

Reptiles of the Mojave Desert and Rattlesnake Safety

Jerry Dion Morrill and Robert Twombley, founders of the herpetological conservation organization Cali Boys Reptile Rescue and Relocation, will lecture on the natural history of Mojave Desert herpetofauna as well as rattlesnake safety.  Morrill and Twombley will also bring live rattlesnake specimens.

Cali Boys is an avocational herpetological conservation organization dedicated to improving human-herpetofauna relation through educational lectures and providing snake removal services. Cali Boys also conducts research of the local herpetofauna of the American Southwest which focuses on answering questions of what and where (taxonomy, distribution, locality records, description, variation, phylogeny, and historical geography). Cali Boys conducts herpetological surveys, documenting discoveries and experiences, then disseminates findings to the scientific community through peer-reviewed publications and presentations.  It also makes information available to researchers, land managers, and policymakers.

Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CaliBoysResarch/

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.

Jerry spent his childhood in the outdoors exploring the local herpetofauna.  He currently resides in Apple Valley, California.  In addition to many years of knowledge within in field herpetology, and natural history he has an interest in herpetoculture and maintains a collection of native and exotic species.  Jerry Dion Morrill is the founding member of Cali Boys Reptile Rescue Rattlesnake and Relocation.
Robert Twombley, too, is a founding member of Cali Boys Reptile Rescue and Relocation.  He currently resides in Apple Valley California. Robert is an active member of the Herpetology and Natural History Society where he currently sits on the Board of Directors and is the Chairman of Conservation for the Southwestern Center for Conservation and the Southwestern Herpetology Society.  Robert’s main focus is on herpetological quantitative and qualitative natural history data of the geographical areas of the American southwest, Mexico, and Central America.

Family Fun Day – July 29, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum

and the Yucca Valley Community Center



Youth Summer Camp 2017




























This year a summer camp themed around the Museum’s “Conservation Quest” Exhibit is offered to children from 6 to 12 years old in age-appropriate sessions.  The programs run Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. 

$20 per week. Register early! 

Instructions to register online are here.  To register online click here.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – July 20, 2017

“Important Birds of Ancient Lake Cahuilla and the Salton Sea”

Before the Salton Sea, there was Ancient Lake Cahuilla.   Only hundreds of years ago this giant freshwater lake filled the entire Salton Sink and most of the Coachella Valley.  Birds and people depended on this body of water just like they do today.  In this program you’ll learn about the special birds associated with this lake that was six times bigger than today’s Salton Sea.


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.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida.  He is the founder of the Desert Cities Bird Club, on the Board of Directors of Western Field Ornithologists, and is past President of the Natural Science Collaborative.  His most recent publications are the Palms to Pines Birding and Nature Trail map and brochure and a Field Guide to Desert Golf Course Wildlife.  Kurt also teaches weekend courses and workshops on birdwatching, 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 Western Scrub-Jay.

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 – Free for Members/Sponsors – beverages will be served.