Join & Support

Monetary Donations

No matter the size, your contribution plays an essential role in promoting the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s mission to inspire wonder, discovery, understanding, and responsibility in its community through exhibitions, programs and collections in the arts, history, and natural sciences. Thank you.


Your Sponsorship today will:

  • Help to take excellent care of collections items, all of which have been donated by members of the community like you.
  • Keep the museum accessible to everyone and free of charge.
  • Allow you to enjoy frequently changing temporary exhibits curated by members of the community as well as by museums from all over the US.
  • Give local children the opportunity to participate in educational field trips free of charge.
  • Enhance large family events like Family Fun Day and Halloween.
  • Assure the well-being of all the mini-zoo animals.
  • Offer you special discounts on select nature study courses offered through U.C. Riverside Extension and the Desert Institute (P.I.N.E. member)

Planned Giving

The term “planned giving” is often used to describe a number of tax-advantaged financial planning tools which can be used to accomplish your charitable and financial goals.

Planned giving strategies can:

  • Reduce estate taxes
  • Produce income tax savings
  • Bring immediate and deferred tax advantages to both you and your heirs
  • Help you accomplish your charitable giving goals
  • Have a meaningful impact on the Hi-Desert Nature Museum beyond your own lifetime and far into the future

Please consult your tax advisor if you are contemplating a planned gift to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum received a $33,415 bequest from Cleo Hawley, a supporter who died in 2006. She lived to be 93, and painted until five years before her death. Lisa Kinder, great niece of Cleo Hawley, presented the check to Town of Yucca Valley Mayor Robert Leone in a ceremony on Friday, March 21, 2008. In addition to the bequest, Ms. Kinder donated a watercolor depicting a yucca plant in bloom painted by Cleo Hawley to the museum’s permanent collections.

Donate Items

Many of the objects in the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s collections have been acquired through generous donations from community members and supporters.  The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is an active collecting institution, and is continuously striving to acquire regional treasures for preservation and to help educate our visitors.