Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 2018

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s much anticipated annual art exhibition showcases artwork made from recycled and reused materials in an effort to raise awareness about our “throw-away” society and its impact on the environment.  This is a community-curated exhibition, where adults, young adults, and children alike have the opportunity to express their creativity and environmental stewardship. Click here for Submissions Rules for 2018.


Echoes of Silent Spring Exhibit

The museum will reopen Thursday, February 1, 2018.  In addition to the new renovations, the museum will reopen with a new temporary exhibit, “Echoes of Silent Spring: 50 Years of Environmental Awareness.”  In 1962, a publication alerted the people of the world to potential dangers in pesticide use and thus ignited a global environmental movement.  This was the book Silent Spring, which was written by marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson.  This exhibit aims to revisit Carson’s research.  Beyond the book, the exhibit also considers several interrelated issues such as environmental sustainability and agricultural practices, ethics, law and women in science.  Read the book and come to the museum to experience the exhibit!  “Echoes of Silent Spring” will be on display until March 17, 2018.

John Muir’s Botanical Legacy – September 21 – December 16, 2017

Nature’s Beloved Son:

Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy


In the spirit which John Muir embraced the botanical world, Nature’s Beloved Son traces his travels through North America and presents vivid images of the actual plants that Muir held in his hands, carried in his pockets, and preserved for all time.  Curated by Bonnie J. Gisel. Photographs by Stephen J.  Joseph.

Conservation Quest – Youth Exhibit June 10 – Sept 16, 2017


Join the quest to learn about energy and conservation.

Loaded with hands-on interactives, Conservation Quest delivers important conservation messages, inspiring visitors to make thoughtful choices about energy use. Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. See how simple actions can make big differences for families, communities and the planet.

  • Find ways to save with light bulbs, electricity and recycling
  • Explore solar, wind and hydropower
  • Connect circuits to power up lights, alarms and fans
  • Take the green challenge– a computer interactive on green choices
  • Check out the latest energy-saving inventions and learn about the future of energy
Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s traveling exhibits are unlike anything… anywhere.
Created to inspire lifelong learning through inquiry and play, the exhibits provide an interactive educational experience for visitors of all ages.

2017 RRR Exhibit

The 2017 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Exhibition

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s much anticipated annual art exhibition showcases artwork made from recycled and reused materials in an effort to raise awareness about our “throw-away” society and its impact on the environment.  This is a community-curated exhibition, where adults, young adults, and children alike have the opportunity to express their creativity and environmental stewardship.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex.  If you have any questions about this exhibition or event, please call 760.369.7212.


Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering – January 7 – March 11, 2017


On display January 7 – March 11, 2017

This exhibit aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the beauty, diversity, ingenuity and critical importance

of seeds and their dispersal mechanisms in California native plants.

Against many, many odds they are the final step in ensuring the survival of plant life.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – January 19, 2017

Botanical Discovery and Inventory in Joshua Tree National Park

by Tasha LaDoux PhD

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.

The California desert represents one of the more pristine habitats in California, yet it remains one of the least documented floras in the state.  Despite the fact that the National Park Service has managed the ~800,000 acres of Joshua Tree National Park since 1936, recent efforts have added over 100 species to the catalogue of vascular plants.  Significant field discoveries include several species at the edge of their geographic distribution, newly described taxa, and many new rare plant occurrences. Currently, there are ~725 vascular plant species documented within the boundaries of JTNP: annuals represent the dominant life-form (50%); over 90 taxa are considered obligate summer bloomers; and only 7% are considered non-native plant taxa.  As exemplified by Joshua Tree National Park, the desert regions within California remain a place of great botanical diversity.

NPS centennial exhibit 2016

Joshua Tree  National Park: The Science Laboratory in your Backyard

on display September 30 through December 17, 2016

Opening Reception and Keynote Speaker on Friday, September 30, 2016

Reception starts at 5:00 p.m. and Keynote Speaker at 7:00 p.m

Besides being a place where locals and tourists enjoy the tranquility and serene beauty of the desert, Joshua Tree National Park is also the place for some cutting edge science. JTNP conducts studies in archaeology,    botany, environmental science, geology, paleontology, zoology and more.  This exhibit allows visitors’ to explore their National Park behind the scenes.




KEYNOTE : The Archaeology of Joshua Tree National Park—Past, Present, and Future

Michael Newland, Sonoma State University

Joshua Tree National Park has some of the most fascinating archaeology found anywhere in the United States. The park was home to several Native American cultures, including the Cahuilla, the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Mojave, who lived here over centuries and continue to view many areas of the park as sacred.  Many archaeologists have made remarkable finds that have changed science’s understanding of California prehistory and the metamorphosis of this rugged landscape over the past 10,000 years. This talk will highlight some of the discoveries, including the presenter’s own research, as well as discuss some of the challenges the Park and tribal advocates face in preserving this remarkable heritage for future generations.


JTNP Archaeology Symposium

Saturday, October 1, 2016from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Black Rock Nature Center

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Framed: Step into Art – closes september 24, 2016

Framed: Step into Art™

Enter the Framework of Famous Paintings

Experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art™. This engaging exhibit transports visitors to a world where paintings leap off the canvas and invite children inside the art experience. As visitors play and move through the exhibit, they are challenged to ride a giant chicken, set up camp in the Canadian Rockies, and prepare dinner for a group of hungry farmers.

The exhibit environments are accompanied by information about each artist, and provide conversational prompts that employ Visual Thinking Strategies. Framed: Step into Art provides opportunities for children and adults to spend time with five paintings – from iconic to contemporary – and learn to appreciate their own, as well as others’ opinions of individual art.

2016 Student Art Show- opens May 5

Featured new works from students enrolled in the Copper Mountain Copper Fine Arts Program and Yucca Valley High School Art students. Enjoy drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and mixed media works.  Come and experience pure visual delight from fresh emerging talent.