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Thank You Sara Everett and The Mission Continues

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We wish to thank Sara Everett and The Mission Continues for her valued volunteer time with the Joshua Tree National Park Association and the Desert Institute.  Sara completes a six month “Fellowship” through The Mission Continues providing services as an Information Specialist at the Visitor Centers, as a Field Class Representative with the Desert Institute, and she has managed our social media channels. If you follow us on Facebook, you would have seen her daily posts of life and activities in and around the park.  Her quality content has increased the Facebook views to over...

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Desert Institute Natural Science Instructors In The News

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Desert Institute Natural Science Instructors In The News: Cameron Barrows and Josh Hoines: Scorched Earth-How Climate Change is Altering the Deserts of the Southwest  Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CBS News, Al Jazeera. Chris Clarke:  Are There Two Species of Joshua Trees? KCET William Hayes:  Southern California May See a Record Year Of Snakebites Due to Drought Redlands Daily Kerry Knudsen:  Inventory of Joshua Tree Lichens, NPS Website Kurt Leuschner and Cameron Barrows:  Noted Naturalists Have Called the Desert Home,  Desert Sun Darrell Shade:  The Blooms Are Out There, Hi...

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How a National Trails Day Tradition Begins

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National Trails Day is a time to treasure being outside — something our volunteers love to do. There was something special about being on the trail in support of a bigger cause and in solidarity with hikers nationwide.

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Fruits of the Desert

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Wildflowers are wildly popular during the desert spring, but after wildflowers have passed, the incredible desert fruits begin to emerge. Look closely, and you'll find some of the beans, berries, and other fruits found in this amazing desert park.

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The Season Finale – Plus a Sneak Preview

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On Saturday, the Desert Institute’s spring-2014 season of field classes came to a close with a great season finale. Ted Reeves’ geology field class was held over Mother’s Day weekend. Exploring the fault lines in and around Joshua Tree National Park was an adventure, but it was made special by a unique group of all-women students. There was even a mother-daughter pair among the eight women who participated and volunteered in the class. This was a successful and fun spring at the Desert Institute. Over 463 students joined us to learn about the park, and we provided 503 hours of classes...

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