Chamber Music at the Museum- June 3 and 4, 2017


The Hi-Desert Nature Museum announces its 2nd Chamber Music at the Museum fundraiser.  Join us at the Museum for a delightful musical experience, as the   Encelia Chamber Ensemble and junior ensemble, the Encelia Minors share the stage to perform works by master composers such as Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn, Sonderho, and more.  The performance will then be followed by a meet and greet reception.


Tickets are available online for a donation of $20 for standard seating and $25 for preferred seating.

Purchase your tickets early online,

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

or the Yucca Valley Community Center Mon.-Thur., 12 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Having trouble signing up online?  Click here:  How to sign up online





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.