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.
Joshua Tree National Park: The Science Laboratory in your Backyard
on display September 30 through December 17, 2016
Opening Reception and Keynote Speaker on Friday, September 30, 2016
Reception starts at 5:00 p.m. and Keynote Speaker at 7:00 p.m
Besides being a place where locals and tourists enjoy the tranquility and serene beauty of the desert, Joshua Tree National Park is also the place for some cutting edge science. JTNP conducts studies in archaeology, botany, environmental science, geology, paleontology, zoology and more. This exhibit allows visitors’ to explore their National Park behind the scenes.
KEYNOTE : 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
Saturday, October 1, 2016from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Black Rock Nature Center
Framed: Step into Art™
Enter the Framework of Famous Paintings
Experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art™. This engaging exhibit transports visitors to a world where paintings leap off the canvas and invite children inside the art experience. As visitors play and move through the exhibit, they are challenged to ride a giant chicken, set up camp in the Canadian Rockies, and prepare dinner for a group of hungry farmers.
The exhibit environments are accompanied by information about each artist, and provide conversational prompts that employ Visual Thinking Strategies. Framed: Step into Art provides opportunities for children and adults to spend time with five paintings – from iconic to contemporary – and learn to appreciate their own, as well as others’ opinions of individual art.
Featured new works from students enrolled in the Copper Mountain Copper Fine Arts Program and Yucca Valley High School Art students. Enjoy drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and mixed media works. Come and experience pure visual delight from fresh emerging talent.
ON DISPLAY through April 30, 2016
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.
Download instructions here: ReduceExhibitInfo2016
January 7 – February 20, 2016
Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers
is an exhibit portraying the relationship between flowers and pollinators. The exhibit is based around 70-some photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings, primarily taken by Northern California plantsman and naturalist, John Whittlesey. These images vividly portray the intriguing lives of many kinds of pollinators. While many people recognize the European honeybee as an important pollinator, Keeping Company with Flowers primarily highlights native pollinators, which play a key role in the ecology of California.
Jennifer Jewel and John Whittlesey ©2012
“Convincing the Nation,” a new exhibit at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, draws on historical artwork, archival material and artifacts to tell the story of the United States government’s efforts to capture people’s attention during World War II, as it sought public support and a cooperative home-front willing to put the needs of the nation before their own. The exhibit opens October 1 and will be on display through December 19.
“Convincing the Nation” includes more than thirty posters from the 1940s that were used as a primary form of one-way communication before radio and television. While decorative at times, the posters were designed to grab attention and be easy to understand.
While the urgent circumstances of war required home-front citizens to adjust their daily, peace-time routines, public officials understood that inducing behavior change would not be easy. They relied on large scale publicity efforts such as the printed posters to reach the public with wartime messages.
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).
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