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.

Chamber Music at the Museum – February 11 & February 12, 2017

Chamber Music at the Museum

Featuring the

Encelia Chamber Ensemble & Friends

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. (Matinee)

In February, The “Harmonic Winds”, an amazing woodwind quintet, will share the stage with the “Encelias”.

Download the official Poster here.

 

Tickets are available online 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.

How to sign up online

All proceeds will benefit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – February 16, 2017

The Archaeology of the Yucca Valley Region

by Daniel McCarthy

Native Americans have lived in this region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans.  The artifacts or material culture they left behind can tell a story of Who, When, Where and How they successfully lived off the land.  Occupation and camp sites abound along with food gathering areas.  Join us in learning more as we discover our past.


Image result for daniel mccarthy archaeologist Bio:   DANIEL 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 rock art.

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.

Earth Day Fair – April 22, 2017

In honor of Earth Day, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum will celebrate the diversity of life on earth with a day of activities that will inform, educate and entertain visitors. Local experts will be on hand to provide demonstrations on composting, gardening with California native plants, growing your own food, and recycling. Local artists will offer jewelry and hand-made crafts for sale.  Maker stations will introduce you to new crafts. This family-oriented event includes kids’ activities, face painting, live music, dance performances, and much more.

  • Environmental Education

  • Arts and Crafts Vendors

    Live Music and Dance

  • Face Painting &Kids Activities

    Gardening and Composting Advice

    Maker Stations

 

 

Earth Day Fair Application