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

HISTORY OF CALICO GHOST TOWN

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:  https://townofyuccavalley.maxgalaxy.net/Home.aspx

 

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

CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM

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:

  https://townofyuccavalley.maxgalaxy.net/Home.aspx

*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.

Museum Lecture – February 28, 2019

Baskets of the Cahuilla and Serrano Indians:

Their Manufacture, Materials and Uses 

 presented by Daniel McCarthy, M.S.

Native Americans have lived in this region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans.  Baskets are perhaps one of the oldest artifacts used continually throughout much of prehistory and that continue to be made today.  An overview will be presented about the materials use to make them, their age and uses.  Join us in learning more as we discover our past.

 

Image result for daniel mccarthy archaeologistDaniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology, has worked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest and throughout Southern California compiling photographic inventories of the rock art of this region. Formerly he was the Director of the Cultural Resources Management Department for four years with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and spent 18 years on the San Bernardino National Forest as archaeologist and Tribal Relations Program Manager. His research interests include desert archaeology, Native American uses of plants, aboriginal trail systems, material culture of the Cahuilla and Serrano Indians and recording rock art.

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.

 

UPDATE:  Due to weather conditions and road closures, this lecture, originally scheduled for

Thursday, February 21st, has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 28th.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Chamber music at the Museum – February 16 & 17, 2019

We are pleased to announce the 1st  Chamber Music concert of the 2019 season at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on Saturday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. for a Matinee.   During this concert series, titled “A Musical Journey through Space and Time,” the Encelia Chamber Ensemble will be joined by several soloists.
Tickets are available for a donation of $15 for standard seating and $20 for preferred seating.*
*UPDATE: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PERFORMANCES ARE NOW SOLD OUT!

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – January 17, 2019

The Changing Wildlife and Environment of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert

Lori Hargrove, PhD, Research Ecologist, San Diego Natural History Museum

 

Joseph Grinnell and his colleagues at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, documented the fauna of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve through site exploration primarily during the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Since 2016, the Department of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum has been resurveying these same sites, using the historic surveys as a standard for gauging more recent changes. In Joshua Tree, the main theme of change is the decrease of many species associated with chaparral and pinyon/juniper woodland, paralleling the decrease in these habitats wrought by drought and fire, but a few species have recently colonized Joshua Tree.  Join Dr. Lori Hargrove for this very informative lecture and see which species of birds and mammals are moving in and which have left the Morongo Basin.

 

Bio:  Dr. Hargrove first joined the San Diego Natural History Museum as a volunteer in 1995, where she became fascinated with birds and their habitat relationships. She went on to receive her PhD in Biology at UC Riverside, where she won numerous research awards. A focus of her study has been on elevational shifts of bird species and the mechanisms involved, including response to fire and climate change. She is now leading a variety of ecological research projects for the museum, including the NSF-funded Grinnell Resurvey Project.

 

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  or free for Museum Members/Sponsors.  Beverages will be served.