Hi-Noon Museum Lectures

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is taking precautionary measures during  the COVID-19 pandemic and has moved all of its events and programs online. 

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Lifelong learning keeps the brain sharp and active, and that leads to a longer, happier life.

Long Life, Other Life: Giant Rock, the Integratron, and Van Tassel’s New Channels

Just outside of Giant Rock, on the night of August 24, 1953, former aerospace man George Van Tassel stated that Solgonda, a space person, visited him, took him upon his craft, and most importantly presented Van Tassel with instructions on how to build a life extension machine.  Originally named the College of Universal Wisdom Research Laboratory, the unfinished machine is better known as the Integratron.Daniel Paul’s lecture will provide an overview of George Van Tassel, the significance of Giant Rock for him, and the Integratron as manifestation of what Van Tassel learned there.

This lecture is a part of the project, “Our Giant Rock: A Community Touchstone in the Mojave,” and was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Salton Sea Life: Revisiting a Memorable childhood with Mom

Donna Burns grew up as a pioneer on 500 acres owned by her grandfather at the Salton Sea.  Her Mom, Helen Burns, began selling beverages and snacks out of a plywood shack. Within a decade, Helen’s fledging business had become an entertainment destination. Helen wrote a book, started a newspaper and held dances, festivals, skits and contests. She was the unofficial leader of the community. But as the popularity of the sea declined, and after Helen died, the magic of those years was in danger of being forgotten.

Watch the recorded Zoom Lecture from July 8, 2021 and enjoy some reminiscing as well as small look into the future.

Joshua Tree Genome Project

Joshua trees are survivors. The twisty desert trees have been a keystone of the Mojave Desert plant community since before humans settled North America, and they’ve been important to the people and animals that have called the desert home. Now, however, warming climates threaten Joshua trees with environmental change occurring faster than they can adapt on their own. To help ensure they survive the next century, the Joshua Tree Genome Project is developing the genomic data to identify genes that help Joshua trees survive extreme climate conditions, and to assess the adaptability of Joshua tree populations for conservation planning.  He will describe the basic science behind the work, and outline the Genome Project’s plans to help conserve one of California’s most distinctive and iconic species.

Presented by the Desert Lecture Collaborative

Every month the Hi-Desert Nature Museum offers an informative, interesting and entertaining one-hour lecture. The program takes place on every third Thursday of the month at noon.  Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents.
The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $ 5 or free for Museum Members/Sponsors. Seasonal beverages will be served.
There are no lectures in April and October. 

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