MBHS presents – April 8

Flora of the Morongo Basin and Joshua Tree National Park

with Darell Shade

The Morongo Basin Historical Society”s program of community interest presented at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on the 2nd Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us – membership not required.

$5 donation at the door

Kid EdVentures – Be a Gardener – March 21 – 10 a.m. to noon

Be A Gardener

In this program the  children will be introduced to the very basics of vegetable and herb gardening.  The future gardeners  will learn about compost and which plants can easily be grown in containers.  Everybody will be able to take home the beginning of their very own garden.


Make sure you are wearing clothes that can get a a bit dirty. If you have some old glass Mason Jars or pre-used flower pots at home please bring a few to the program.

Participants must be at least six years old.  Call the museum at (760) 369-7212 by Thursday, March 19 to reserve your child’s spot. There is no cost for this educational experience. However, this class will be limited to fifteen participants.

 

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – March 19

Better Know A Butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with Joe Zarky

This lecture will give an introduction to butterflies and include information on butterfly life history, how to recognize the basic groups of butterflies, and how to tell a butterfly from a moth. This lecture will show some of our more common local species and give an introduction to desert plants that are important butterflies and  information on butterfly gardening. 

Joe Zarki worked for 39 years as a ranger in some of America’s most treasured parks. He spent more than 25 years living and working in the California desert at Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. He retired from Joshua Tree in 2013 after 19 years as the park’s Chief of Interpretation and Education. Joe and his wife Marilyn coordinate two local butterfly counts at Joshua Tree National Park for the North American Butterfly Association. Marilyn is also a regional editor for the North American Butterfly Association’s 4th of July Butterfly Count program. They have been active in field butterfly studies for 30 years.

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 -  beverages will be served.

MBHS presents – March 11

“Nevada! Meet Your Neighbor.”

 

Stephenie  Slahor, Ph.D  will explore Nevada’s  150 year history, cultural roots, archaeology, its geologic  features,  flora/fauna and its colorful citizens.   Nevada is not just the bright lights of Las Vegas but is home to Great Basin National Park, a jewel in the park system, as well as many interesting state parks.  Dr. Slahor will also talk about the popular tourist destination known as Area 51.

The Morongo Basin Historical Society”s program of community interest presented at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on the 2nd Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us – membership not required.

$5 donation at the door

Work Shop – Identifying Native Plants – March 11

Identifying Native Plants

How do we learn the names of all those wildflowers growing in our yards and alongside the road? Anyone can do it; they just have to know what to look for and how to look for it. If you’re tired of calling everything a daisy or a bluebell or a popcorn flower, this workshop will not only help you get to the right names, it will also give you a new appreciation for how many different species of plants we actually have here. Bring in some of your favorite weeds. Tools and materials provided at the workshop. Join Mark Wheeler at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum for a hands-on introduction to native wildflower identification.

Wednesday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Price: $5 (free for museum members)

 

Kid EdVentures – February 21

Very Basic Cooking

Saturday, February 21 — 10:00 a.m. – Noon

In this month’s session, children will be introduced to what it takes to be a cook.

There is no cost for this educational experience.Cooking has been an essential part of human living for a very long time. In this program we will cook a vegetarian dish with lots of fresh vegetables and serve lunch to the parents.
Be advised, children have to be six years or older and healthy to participate in this program. Please bring your own apron.
This class will be limited to ten participants. Sign up in person at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum or call us at 760-369-7212 and leave a message with your information..

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – February 19 – Native Plant Use

Considering Traditional Native Plant Use:

Integration into our Modern Lives

with Leslie Mouriquand M.A, RPA

Leslie Mouriquand M.A, RPA  will discuss the cultural history of traditional plant use by the Cahuilla people, and anthropological theory when considering traditional uses of plants as medicines, foods, and for ceremony.  The focus will be on mesquite, pinyon pine, and chia and she will have samples for tasting along with recipes.

As a native of the Coachella valley, Leslie took an interest in the local Native American culture early in life sparked by her father’s tribal ancestry and the desire to learn about her own cultural ancestry.

As part of a group known as the Chia Café, Leslie participates in giving demonstrations, talks, and the gathering of native plants for educational purposes and tastings.  Leslie is a certified Master Desert Gardener, and has experimented in with propagation of various native plants over the past decade. She enjoys creating recipes using native foods for the modern kitchen and sharing what she learns with others. What she loves to do the most is work with the plants and create yummy foods, healing salves and balms, and pinyon sap soap!

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 -  beverages will be served.

Kid EdVentures – January 17

Be a Painter

Saturday, January 17 — 10:00 a.m. – Noon

In this month’s session, children will be introduced to art of painting.

Painting is a mode of creative expression, and its forms are numerous.  During this session of Kid EdVentures, participants will learn how to paint desert landscapes under the instruction of the amazingly talented artist, Michael Summers, who has featured art at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, as well as throughout the Morongo Basin.

Participants must be at least seven years old.  Call the museum at (760) 369-7212 before Friday, January 16 to reserve your child’s spot. There is no cost for this educational experience. However, this class will be limited to fifteen participants.

MBHS presents – January 14

“Joshua Trees: History and Myths”

Chris Clarke, natural history writer, environmental journalist for KCET and blogger is writing a book on Yucca brevifolia, the namesake of the National Park and the village of Joshua Tree.
Starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley.

Please join us – membership not required. $5 donation at the door

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – January 8

“Meet Your Neighbor”

with Stephenie Slahor

The lecture covers the 150th birthday of the State of Nevada, being celebrated during 2014 throughout Nevada.  The lecture includes ancient and modern history, some geology, biology and botany, and information about some of Nevada’s leading and infamous residents through history.

 

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 -  beverages will be served.