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Choosing a Field Class

The Desert Institute offers classes for adult learners in cultural history, natural science, survival skills, desert naturalist studies, women’s programs, citizen science, and creative arts. All programs are taught by expert instructors who provide a personal and fun learning experience on these educational adventures.

Click on the classes below to learn more. Register soon, as class sizes are limited!

 

Citizen Science

Citizen Science:  Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park* new
May 6-7, 2016, Monica Gorman, Ph.D., Biology, Professor

 

Women’s Classes

Explore Camping: A Workshop for Women
April 2 – 3, 2016, Rebecca Lowry, Instructor, Artist

Women’s Get-Away” Weekend
May 14 – 15, 2016, Laurie Green, Certified Interpretive Guide and Caryn Davidson, Yoga Instructor

 

Creative Arts

“How-To” Take Stunning Images with Your Smartphone
April 10, 2016, Diana Shay-Diehl, Instructor, Photographer

Light & Color: Oil Painting in Joshua Tree National Park
April 17, 2016, Diane McClary, Instructor, Artist

Night Sky Photography Full, please sign up for “wait list”
April 23 – 24, 2016, Dennis Mammana, Astronomer, Photographer

Plein Air Poetry
April 30, 2016, Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal, Instructors, Poets

David Muench Photography Workshop Full, please sign up for “wait list”
May 7, 2016, David Muench, Instructor, Photographer

David Muench Photography Workshop Full, please sign up for “wait list”
May 8, 2016, David Muench, Instructor, Photographer

Watercolor Painting in Joshua Tree National Park
May 8, 2016, John Scahill, Instructor, Artist

Keys Ranch Nightscape & Light Paining Photography Workshop Full, please sign up for “wait list”
June 4, 2016, Don Chambers, Instructor, Photographer

Nightscape & Light Painting Photography WorkshopFull, please sign up for “wait list”
July 2, 2016, Don Chambers, Instructor, Photographer

 

Hikes with a Desert Naturalist

Wildflower Wanderings
April 16, 2016, Darrell Shade, Desert Naturalist

 

Cultural History

 

 

Natural Science

Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park full, please sign up for the “wait” list
April 9 – 10, 2016, Jim Lowery, Primitive Skills Instructor, Author

Ecology and Biology of Joshua Trees
April 10, 2016, Chris Clarke, Environmental Writer

Birds of Joshua Tree National Park*  full, please sign up for the “wait” list
April 15 – 17, 2016, Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Professor, College of the Desert

Desert Night Sky: Planets to Galaxies
May 7, 2016, David Chappell, Ph.D., Astronomy, Professor, University of LaVerne

Citizen Science:  Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park*
May 6-7, 2016, Monica Gorman, Ph.D., Biology, Professor

 

“How-To” Courses

Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park
April 9 – 10, 2016, Jim Lowery, Primitive Skills Instructor, Author

“How-To” Take Stunning Images with Your Smartphone
April 10, 2016, Diana Shay-Diehl, Instructor, Photographer

“How-To” Identify Animal Burrows new date
April 23, 2016, Candice Weber, Professor of Natural Sciences, College of the Desert

 

* ACADEMIC CREDIT
Credit is available from University of California, Riverside Extension. Optional credit courses are marked by the symbol *. The number of units are listed with each class. Credit fees are listed separately from noncredit fees.