NPS centennial exhibit 2016

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

For more events download flyer


Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering – January7 – March 11, 2017

Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering

On display January 7 – March 11, 2017


This exhibit aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the beauty, diversity, ingenuity and critical importance

of seeds and their dispersal mechanisms in California native plants.

Against many, many odds they are the final step in ensuring the survival of plant life.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Exhibit March 16 – June 3, 2017

Call for Artists

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Exhibition


On Display March 16 – June 3, 2017

Opening Reception Saturday, March 18, 2017.


The community is 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 also be featured during the Town of Yucca Valley’s Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2017. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed media and up-cycled creations are welcome.

Children and school projects are especially encouraged.

Art submissions will be taken March 9th – 11th.  For participation guidelines, please visit

or contact the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at (760) 369-7212.