Hi-Noon Museum Lecture – January 23, 2020


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. Kurt also teaches weekend courses and workshops on bird watching, 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 North American Scrub-Jays.

Hi-Noon Museum Lecture – December 19, 2019

Museums – once focused on collections management and the dissemination of academic knowledge to the public — are increasingly embracing an additional role of promoting dialogue and diversity. This is evident in practices such as unseating academic expertise in favor of elevating hidden narratives, eschewing artifacts in favor of emotive objects, and exhibitions that broadly address difficult subjects and expose uncomfortable truths. Through this work, museums are doing something new – instead of demonstrating our shared humanity pedagogically, they are invoking and enabling it. In this presentation we will explore and experience how intimate encounters with first-hand accounts can promote empathy and new ways of relating to the world through “radical listening.” This presentation draws particularly from the speaker’s co-curating and managing of “In|Dignity” — an exhibition featuring documentary photography and first-person accounts from 43 Inland Empire community members. Participants represented marginalized demographics and intersectional identities, and their stories provide an intimate look into daily affronts to self-worth and community belonging, and at the same time hope and dignity in difference. The original exhibition (open in 2018) inspired a theatrical performance, and now a mobile show and curriculum sponsored by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (visit http://indignityexhibit.weebly.com).


Presenter Bio: Arianna Huhn is the Director of the Anthropology Museum at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), where she has curated a series of exhibitions centered on narratives, rather than objects. The largest of these installations was In|Dignity (2018), which received funding from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute. Arianna holds an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University. She has taught courses in Anthropology, Museum Studies, and African Studies at Whittier College, San Diego State, and currently at CSUSB, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Arianna is originally from San Diego, and currently lives in Yucaipa with her partner and two children.


Santa Visit, Snow Play Day & Craft Faire – December 7, 2019

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.

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*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.
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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.