Brown Bag Lunch Lecture -September 15, 2016

Species by Feces

Presented by Stefanie Ritter M.S.

Explore the fascinating world of scat and other animal excretions.  Even a walk in your own backyard can become an exciting wildlife adventure that takes you through all the levels of the food chain.  Lose the repulsion about poop and start to appreciate its storytelling qualities.

Stefanie Ritter is the Museum Programs Supervisor and resident biologist with a wealth of information on the topic of natural science.




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.

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MBHS presents 2nd Wednesday September 14, 2016

Stories of Willie Boy: A Lasting Desert Legacy

with Ruth Nolan, author historian

The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s 2nd Wednesday Lecture Series is held at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, 57116 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley.

Lecture begins at 5:30. Donation is $5.00.

Archaeology Symposium Launch – September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Approaching 100 years of Archaeology in Joshua Tree National Park:

A Centennial Celebration

This symposium examines the many contributions that have led to our understanding of the prehistory of the park and the greater Mojave Desert.  This symposium will feature professional archaeologists, cultural resource managers,  and academic researchers as they reflect on the past 100 years of archaeology in the park and highlight future directions of archaeological inquiry.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Black Rock  Nature Center. This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.


For more information call (760) 367-5522 or check



Chamber Music at the Museum – October 8 & October 9, 2016

Chamber Music at the Museum

Featuring the

Encelia Chamber Ensemble & Friends

Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. (Matinee)


The “Encelias” will be joined by David & Paulette Miller a Flute & Harp Duo. David and Paulette have been performing together for many years in Southern California and Italy.


Tickets will be available online September 1st  for a donation of $15 for standard seating and $20 for preferred seating.

Purchase your tickets early online or at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum during opening hours.

All proceeds will benefit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.




Halloween Spooktacular – October 29, 2016

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Exhibit March 16 – June 3, 2016

Call for Artists

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Exhibition


On Display March 16 – June 3, 2017

Opening Reception Saturday, March 18, 2017.


The community is invited to contribute original works of art inspired by and made from recycled or reused materials for display in the museum’s annual exhibition, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” which will also be featured during the Town of Yucca Valley’s Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2017. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed media and up-cycled creations are welcome.

Children and school projects are especially encouraged.

Art submissions will be taken March 9th – 11th.  For participation guidelines, please visit

or contact the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at (760) 369-7212.