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 In this three day camp, participants will master the mechanics of motions while exploring our interactive summer exhibition.  They will also unleash their creativity to design and build their own speed machines!  Camp runs Wednesday through Friday, June 19-21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 6-8.

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 In this three day camp, participants will master the mechanics of motions while exploring our interactive summer exhibition.  They will also unleash their creativity to design and build their own speed machines!  Camp runs Wednesday through Friday, June 26-28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 9-12.

Click here for more information on how to register!

What's On Display

From Here to There

Explore the science of how things move by land, sea, and air at the Hi Desert Nature Museum’s new traveling exhibition, From Here to There, open May 25, 2024 to September 7, 2024.

Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make learning about gravity, friction, and the laws of motion fun.  Ride a hovercraft to experience how air pressure works, adjust wind speed to form fabric into an airfoil, and float your sailboat to experiment with the effect of wind, rudder, and sail positions.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center of Rochester, NY and the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY developed From Here to There as part of the Traveling Exhibits At Museums of Science (TEAMS) collaborative. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, From Here to There is sponsored locally by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

Spotlight on Geology

Our new geology spotlight highlights local rocks, gems, and minerals as well as geological processes.  How does wood become petrified?  What is a speleothem?  Where can I find a sand concretion?  The answers to those questions and more can be found in our new spotlight.

Spotlight on Geology will be on display November 2023 until September 30, 2024.

Our Giant Rock: A Touchstone in the Mojave

Our Giant Rock: A Touchstone is an interactive touchscreen exhibit that encourages visitors to discover and explore the nuances that make Giant Rock a unique and cherished Morongo Basin landmark. Giant Rock is most notoriously known for the ‘giant’ personalities who lived near and even under it. However, it has also served as an intermediary for certain stories and events.  The exhibit provides a series of interpretive narratives explaining these nuances while incorporating some never-before-seen images, documents, publications, and videos which help illustrate Giant Rock’s history.

This exhibit is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

At the Hi-Desert Nature Museum there's something for everyone!