Museum Lecture – February 21, 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 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.

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.*  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:
*All proceeds will benefit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

Earth Day Fair – April 20, 2019

Call for Earth Day Vendors – 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 am 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.  The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is seeking vendors and exhibitors for the event including artists, designers, crafters and environmental organizations that offer information or products that convey the event theme.  The deadline for all vendor applications is March 8, 2019; accepted vendors will be notified by March 15, 2019.  The application deadline for exhibitors and non-profit organizations is March 22, 2019.

Download Application here.

Click here for poster.