Eat Well – Play Well


on display June 4 – September 12

Eat Well, Play Well encourages healthy living by teaching the science of making healthy food choices and helping children and adults discover there are many fun and interesting ways to stay active. Visitors will discover what an appropriate serving size looks like, see firsthand what it takes to burn off calories, test their flexibility and balance, review the latest clinical research and realize that they can reduce their risk of disease with healthy choices.

¿Qué contienen los alimentos que comemos? ¿Cuán importantes son las frutas y las verduras? ¿Podemos quemar calorías haciendo actividades cotidianas? Las familias, niños y grupos escolares encontrarán las respuestas a estas preguntas y mucho más cuando exploren el mundo de la nutrición y el ejercicio a través de Come bien, juega bien, una nueva exhibición práctica y bilingüe (Español/Inglés) que indaga estrategias para vivir una vida saludable. ¡Los niños y familias podrán participar en nueve áreas interactivas que fomentan el descubrimiento de las opciones saludables que están a su alcance!

EAT WELL, PLAY WELL was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Copper Mountain College Student Art Show

Art Show on display May 1 – May 30

Opening Reception May 1, 5 – 7 p.m.

Copper Mountain Community College presents its 5th annual Student Art Show, May 1st through the 31st, being held this year at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. Featured new works from students enrolled in the CMC Fine Arts Program include drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and mixed media works.  Come and experience pure visual delight from fresh emerging talent.




Art by Toki Hernandez

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Exhibit


The museum will host an opening reception on Friday, March 6th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., offering a special opportunity for the public to preview the exhibition.  Enjoy refreshments and original melodic guitar music by Mark Wheeler.This event is free to the public.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will present a new temporary exhibition, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” a showcase of artwork contributed by local artists made from recycled or reused materials.   This exhibition is designed to make people rethink our throw-away society by sharing the local community’s innovative and often surprising use of discarded items.  In conjunction with the exhibition, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council will display artwork from their “Desert Moods” show.  Both exhibitions will be on display March 5 through April 25, 2015.

Wizard by Rick Livingston


Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider – A California Indian Feast

on display January 8 – February 28, 2015

Celebrating traditional California Indian food sources “Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider” features historic and contemporary photos, baskets and other artifacts, food specimens, memoirs, and recipes of Native American cuisine. The exhibit also showcases the extensive and sophisticated system of environmental knowledge underlying California Indian use of food resources.

Season of Light

On Display December 3 through December 20

December is a time when people all over the world celebrate holidays. Learn about the different customs of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Bodhi Day.

Discover the history and origins of the different holidays.


Open Studio Art Tours Exhibit






Hi-Desert Nature Museum

“Art Tours Collective Show” Exhibition and Reception

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is pleased to partner with the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council to host the “Art Tours Collective Show.”  This dynamic exhibition features the artwork of many artists participating in the Open Studio Tours being held October 25-26 and November 1- 2.  The Hwy 62 Art Tours encompasses all the arts of the Morongo Basin during the two weekend celebration showcasing music, performance and honoring the best in visual arts.  The Open Studio Tours allows the visitor to experience working studios and purchase original art directly from the artists.  The exhibition will be on view through November 29th at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

An exhibit reception will be held on Friday,

October 3rd, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Hatching the Past – ending September 20

This year the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  In the course of the festivities the museum will show its first rental exhibit since 2009. “Hatching the Past” takes a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. “Hatching the Past” blends the arts and sciences with an astounding array of dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe, including those of each major plant and meat-eating dinosaur group.

The exhibit will be on display from May 30th through September 20th

Yucca Valley High School Art Show



The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will present the Yucca Valley High School Art Show from May 1 through May 24, 2014.  This annual exhibition highlights the finest work of some of this community’s rising talent from Yucca Valley High School.  The display consists of paintings and drawings covering a large variety of compelling subjects and artistic styles.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 2 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., which is free to the public.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Wild Creatures

NEW EXHIBIT! Reception January 24, 5 – 7 pm

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is a showcase of artwork contributed by local artists made from recycled or reused materials.  This exhibition is designed to make people rethink our throw-away society by sharing the local community’s innovative and often surprising use of discarded items.  In conjunction with the exhibition, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council is displaying artwork from their “Wild Creature of the Desert” show.

The Exhibit will be on display through Earth Day!

Reception on January 24th from 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m.

Live Music, hors d’oeuvre will be served









As part of our Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014 the local community is invited to contribute artwork made from recycled or reused materials for display in our “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” exhibition.  Paintings, sculpture, mixed media creations, photographs of recycled products, or any other art-related objects can be loaned to the museum for display in the exhibition.  Individual and group projects are welcome and children are particularly encouraged to participate.

In today’s era of heightened environmental awareness, artists are increasingly turning to junk stores, trash bins, and surplus outlets to satisfy their urge to create while still caring for the planet.  This exhibit is designed to make people rethink our throw-away society by sharing the local community’s innovative and often surprising use of reused and recycled materials.

Artwork must be dropped off in person at the museum Friday, January 17th, or Saturday, January 18th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The artwork will be displayed on a first-come, first-serve basis until the temporary gallery space is full.  Please be sure the artwork you share with us is of low monetary value and small enough to be hung easily or displayed in an exhibit case.  Please ensure that paintings have hanging hardware attached.  Limit three artworks per artist.  No nudes can be displayed in the museum. No artwork will be accepted that is made of combustible or toxic materials, live animal/plant matter, perishable food products, or other harmful items to the museum’s other artifacts or visitors. The museum reserves the right to refuse any artwork made of questionable materials. After the close of the exhibition artwork will be available for pickup Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 3 , between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Please call the museum for additional information at (760) 369-7212

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