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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, 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!

Family Programs

Map and Compass for Families
October 19, 2014 - Theresa Walsh, Instructor, Recreation Administration

 

Women’s Classes

Journey to Artistry in Joshua Tree National Park (new)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – Valohna Wynn, Artist, Instructor

The Rough N’ Ready Girl’s Desert Camping Weekend (new)
November 22 – 23, 2014 – Rebecca Lowry, Artist, Instructor

Women’s “Get-Away” Weekend 
December 6 – 7, 2014 – Caryn Davidson, Yoga Instructor & Laurie Green, Certified Interpretive Guide

 

Creative Arts

Fine Art Photography Workshop   
September 19 – 21, 2014 - Ralph Nordstrom, Photographer, Instructor

Desert Experience:  Transforming Observation Through Writing (new)
October 4 – 5, 2014 - Rebecca Lowry, Artist,  Instructor

Night Sky Photography

November 1 – 2, 2014 - Dennis Mammana, M.S., Astronomy

Light & Color: Oil Painting in JTNP 
November 2, 2014 - Andrew Dickson,  Associate Professor of Foundation Painting at California State University, Fullerton

The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You:  SmartPhone Photography (new)
November 8, 2014 - Jim Smart, Photographer, Instructor, Calif State University, San Bernardino

Watercolor Painting Workshop in Joshua Tree National Park
November 16, 2014 - Anahita King, Artist, Instructor

Photographing the High Desert 
December 6, 2014, Craig Fucile, Photographer, Instructor

 

Hikes with a Desert Naturalist

Discover the Wonderland of Rocks 
October 5, 2014 – Mark Wheeler, M. S., Education, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide

Summit Quail Mountain
November 2, 2014 – Mark Wheeler, M. S., Education, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide

Hike Lost Horse Loop 
November 8, 2014 - Chris Metzger, M.S. Education, Historian

 

Desert Survival Skills

Navigating with Map & Compass   
October 24 – 25, 2014 – Misha Askren, Sierra Club Outings Leader

Desert Survival 
October 26, 2014 – Donald Scriven, Interpretive Tour Guide

GPS Navigation Techniques
October 11 – 13, 2014 - David Pylman, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue Co-Captain and Instructor

Campfire Cuisine:  Gourmet Cooking in Joshua Tree National Park
November 8 – 9, 2014, –  Michael Moura, Tanya Jenkins and Lew Kingman

 

Natural Science

Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin*  
September 20 – 22, 2014, Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Professor of Wildlife Ecology, College of the Desert
(UCR Credit: Entomology X405.1, 1.5 units)

Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue*
September 28, 2014 – William Hayes, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Loma Linda University
(UCR Credit:  biology X414.51, 0.5 unit)

Ecology and Biology of Joshua Trees (new)
October 18, 2014Chris Clarke, Environmental Writer

Lichens of Joshua Tree National Park
October 25, 2014 –  Kerry Knudsen, curator of the Lichen Herbarium at the UCR Herbarium

iNaturalist:  Join the Society of 21st Century Naturalists - cancelled
November 1 – 2, 2014 – Russell DiFiori, Professor of Biology, Pasadena City College

Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape
November 8 – 9, 2014 - 
D.D,. Trent, Ph.D., Geology, Professor Emeritus, Citrus College, Author
(UCR Credit: Geosciences X460.4 1.0 unit)

Geology of the San Andreas Fault
November 15, 2014 - Ted Reeves, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of the Pacific

Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Springs
December 7, 2014 – Ted Reeves, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of the Pacific

 

 

December Holiday Programs

The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You:  SmartPhone Photography (new)
December 27, 2014 – Jim Smart, Photographer, Instructor, Calif State University, San Bernardino

Desert Survival 
December 27, 2014 - Donald Scriven, Interpretive Tour Guide

Map and Compass for Families
December 28, 2014 – Theresa Walsh, Instructor, Recreation Administration

Hike Wall Street Mill – Barker Dam Loop
December 28, 2014 - Chris Metzger, M.S., Education, Historian

 

 

 

* 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.