Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change – January 5 – March 10, 2019


“Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change” addresses the effects of changing weather patterns on a universal symbol of the Golden State’s beauty: the wildflower.

Through a display of more than 45 landscape photographs by Bay Area-based photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, this traveling exhibition is a visual survey of California’s diverse and delicately-balanced ecosystems that reveals the effects of global warming and other human impacts on our native plants. A large, colorful map of the state’s diverse botanical regions and a description of each was co-created with the California Native Plant Society.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been capturing the essence of the human spirit and the transcendent beauty of the natural world in images for over 30 years as WinterBadger Fine Art. Their work has been featured in numerous galleries and publications including the British Museum of Natural History, American Photo, New York Times, Sunset and Washington Post, among others.

California Wildflowers and Climate Change” will continue on a statewide tour through Exhibit image2019 organized by Exhibit Envoy.

Call for Art- Participate in the 2019 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Exhibition

Participate in the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s


ON DISPLAY March 14 through May 18, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, March 16th, 5:00-7:00 PM

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.  The 2019 exhibition, themed “Think: Reconstruction,” is meant to make people rethink our throw-away society by sharing the local community’s innovation and often surprising use of reused and recycled materials. Individual and group projects are welcome and children are particularly encouraged to participate.


Community members are 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 be specially featured during the Town of Yucca Valley’s Earth Day Celebration on April 20, 2019. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed media and upcycled creations are welcomed. Child, school and club submissions are especially encouraged!

Artwork must be submitted in person at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum March 6th through March 9th, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Click here for participation guidelines: 2019RRR Rules Final.

Still have questions?  Please do not hesitate to call the museum at 760-369-7212.