Hi-Noon Museum Lecture – November 14, 2019

Please note: This lecture will take place on the second Thursday of the month!

David Bacon is a California-based writer and photographer.  He is the author of several books about migration:  The Children of NAFTA, Communities Without Borders, Illegal People – How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, and The Right to Stay Home. His latest book is In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte, copublished by the University of California Press (Berkeley) and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Tijuana), which documents the lives of farm workers in photographs and narratives. Bacon was a factory worker and union organizer for two decades with the United Farm Workers, the International Ladies Garment Workers and other unions. Today he documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His photography has been exhibited in the U.S. Mexico and Europe, and his articles and photoessays have been published widely.

Learn more about David:
Peoples World

David Bacon on twitter

Digital Exhibit Opening – November 9, 2019

Halloween Spooktacular October 26, 2019

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Chamber Music at the Museum- October 20, 2019


ONE DAY ONLY!  Reserve your tickets now!

 Sunday, October 20 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.

Museum Lecture – September 19, 2019 – California Agriculture

Daniel Polk is a writer and anthropologist whose research focuses on water politics in the Southwest and Latin America. He studied history at UC Riverside and has a PhD in anthropology from Princeton University. He has written for public audiences and presented at academic conferences throughout the United States and abroad. He has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Autry National Center and Huntington Library and as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University. His current research looks at the history of water management in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

Calling All Earthlings – Movie Screening – August 24, 2019

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The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be presenting an outdoor screening of “Calling All Earthlings” on August 24, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Community Center Courtyard.

Special guest Producer and Director of the documentary, Jonathan Berman will also be present for a short Q&A after the film.

Bring your own chair or blanket and watch the film under the stars! Snacks will also be available for purchase.

Donations are very welcome.

“Calling All Earthlings”
A 1950’s Howard Hughes employee-confidante, George Van Tassel, uses alien guidance and Nikola Tesla’s ideas to build a time machine — The Integratron. Is he deluded, or could it actually work? As waves of devotees join him in the California desert, the FBI gets involved fearing insurrection and possibly more. Nearing completion, Van Tassel’s tale and the Integratron meet an unexpected end: the “workings” of the dome finally emerge. The unusual story is told by historians, astronomers and current residents of Joshua Tree, including the stewards of the Integratron, the Karl Sisters, and a galaxy of believers and skeptics alike.

Calling All Earthlings Website:

This movie screening was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Visit www.calhum.org.

Museum Lecture – August 15, 2019 – Climate Change

Since the industrial revolution, global average surface temperature has significantly increased, likely making our planet the warmest it has been in the last millennium.  This, has led the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change to conclude that warming of the climate  system is undeniable, and that most of the warming is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gases.        Human caused climate change is now likely to continue for many   centuries, including not only additional warming of our planet, but  also changes in temperature extremes and precipitation, decreases in snow and ice extent, and sea level rise.  We are venturing into the  unknown with climate, and its associated impacts are likely to be quite disruptive. 



Family Fun Day – Saturday, July 27, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Euro – Bungee










25′ Climbing Wall









Face Painting




Enjoy a sense-ational day at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.  Bounce, jump, climb, balance and much more.  This special event offers fun sense-themed activities for all ages including hands-on crafts, face painting and a scavenger hunt.


Museum Lecture – July 18, 2019

General Patton and the Desert Training Center

Presented by Sid Burks

This is the story of Desert Training Center where in two short years, a million men trained in the Mojave Desert to fight in World War II.  Camps housing 15,000 men each sprang up overnight in California, Arizona, and Nevada.  The Desert Training Center was planned and initiated by General George S. Patton.  Many of the doctrines, strategies, and tactics in armored and airborne warfare that helped win the war were developed at the Desert Training Center.   Today little remains but its legacy lives on.   



Museum Lecture – June 20, 2019


Yee-haw!  There’s silver in them hills just east of Barstow.  Them hills are now home to Calico Ghost Town, but when Calico was younger, it was the site of southern California’s richest silver strike.  Come hear how Calico gained its fame as a silver mining  district, how it came to be known as “Calico,” and how its second boom came with the discovery of borax.  Saddle up and head on over to the Hi-Desert Nature       Museum for a fascinating and fun lecture about Calico!