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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!  

Camping Programs

April 1-2                        Women's "Get-Away" Weekend
 

Creative Arts

February 18-19            Pine Needle Basketry
March 3-5                     Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park
March 11                      Photography in Joshua Tree: By Sun and Moon New
March 12                      Joshua Tree Through the Lens
March 19                      Photographing Wildflowers New
March 26                      Picture the Park in Black and White
April 1                           Iphone and Compact Camera Macro Photography New
April 9                           Light & Color:  Oil Painting in Joshua Tree National Park
April 9                           Photographing Wildflowers New
April 15-16                   Desert Drawing Club  New
April 29                         Plein Air Poetry
April 30                        Watercolor Painting in Joshua Tree National Park
May 6                            David Muench Photography Workshop
May 13-14                     Night Sky Photography
May 20                          Keys Ranch Nightscape and Light Painting Workshop
August 19                      Keys Ranch Nightscape and Light Painting Workshop
 

Guided Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

February 19                   Explore the Wonderland of Rocks
February 25                   Explore Ruby Lee Mill
March 5                          Bouldering Rattlesnake Canyon
March 25                        Hike to Lost Horse Mine
April 15                           Hike to Desert Queen Mine
April 30                           Discover Pine City
 

Cultural History

February 19                   Rock Art Of Southern California
March 4                         Intaglios Along the Colorado River
March 19                       Native American Plant Uses
 

Natural Science

February 24-26           Rocks and Minerals of Joshua Tree National Park*
March 10-12                Flora of Joshua Tree National Park*
March 11-12                 Desert Invertebrates: Diversity Great and Small - a Macro Photography and Microscopy Primer*
March 18-19                Biological Soil Crusts of Joshua Tree National Park*
March 18                      Wildflower Wanderings
March 18                      Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology*
March 25-26                Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park*
April 1-2                       Geology of the Mojave National Preserve
April 8                          Wildflower Wanderings
April 22-23                  Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park
April 28-30                  Birds of Joshua Tree National Park*
May 6-7                        Citizen Science: Phenological Monitoring In JTNP*
May 20                         Desert Night Sky: Planets to Galaxies
 

"How-To" Courses

March 11-12                  "How-To" Survive in the Desert: A 2-Day Workshop New
March 25-26                 "How-To" Navigate with Map and Compass
April 1-2                         Women's "Get-Away" Weekend
April 1                             Iphone and Compact Camera Macro Photography
April 22-23                     Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park


    * 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.