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.

Earth Day Fair – April 20, 2019

Call for Earth Day Vendors – 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 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 8, 2019; accepted vendors will be notified by March 15, 2019.  The application deadline for exhibitors and non-profit organizations is March 22, 2019.

Download Application here.

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Chamber Music at the Museum – June 15 & 16, 2019


Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. (Matinee)

Tickets will be available for a donation of $15 for standard seating and $20 for preferred seating.*
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
Yucca Valley Community Center,  Monday – Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hi-Desert Nature Museum,  Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
OR online:
*All proceeds will benefit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.