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.

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!







Youth Summer Camp 2019

                                              Explore your Senses!

This year a summer camp themed around the Museum’s  “Sonic Sensation” Exhibit is offered to children from 6 to 12 years old, in age-appropriate sessions.  The program runs Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon each week.  $20 per child/week.    No camp the week of July 4th.

                                                                  Registration is possible 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:


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.



Museum Lecture – May 16, 2019

The Next Steps – Tortoise Protection from Raven Impact

with Allison Fedrick, Tortoise Outreach & Animal Care Keeper Living Desert

Ravens are smart, intriguing birds. Once migratory, they have taken residence in the desert. Their overwhelming population has created an ecosystem in jeopardy. Join us to learn more about this complicated phenomenon and how Wildlife Recreationists can help.

Allison Fedrick
Tortoise Outreach & Animal Care Keeper Living Desert, Palm Desert

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

Earth Day – 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 a.m. 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.




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.