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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 and the Race North:  Population Ecology of Joshua Trees in an Era of Climate Change
March 18 – 21, 2016, Chris Smith, Ph.D., Biology, University of Willamette

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

Pine Needle Basketry
February 20 – 21, 2016, Kathi Klopfenstein, Instructor, Artist

Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park
March 4 – 6, 2016, Ralph Nordstrom, Instructor, Photographer

Joshua Tree Through the Lens*
March 5, 2016, Craig Fucille, Instructor, Photographer

Joshua Tree Through the Lens*
March 6, 2016, Craig Fucille, Instructor, Photographer

“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
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 New!
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 Workshop
July 2, 2016, Don Chambers, Instructor, Photographer

 

Hikes with a Desert Naturalist

Hike Lower Cottonwood Canyon
February 14, 2016, Mark Wheeler, Desert Naturalist

Summit Mary Peak
February 28, 2016, Mark Wheeler, Desert Naturalist

Explore Pine City Canyon
March 20, 2016, Mark Wheeler, Desert Naturalist

Wildflower Wanderings
March 13, 2016, Darrell Shade, Desert Naturalist

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

 

Cultural History

Rock Art of Southern California
February 21, 2016, Daniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology

Intaglios along the Colorado River
March 6, 2016, Daniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology

Native American Plant Uses
March 20, 2016, Daniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology

 

Natural Science

Rocks and Minerals of Joshua Tree National Park*
February 26 – 28, 2016, Robert Pellenbarg, Ph.D., BioChemistry, Professor at College of the Desert

Flora of Joshua Tree National Park*  full, please sign up for the “wait” list
March 11 – 13, 2016, Stephanie Ritter, M.S., Zoology, Botany & Mark Wheeler, M.S., Education

Biological Soil Crusts*
March 12 – 13, 2016, Nicole Pietrasiak, Ph.D, and Kerry Knudsen, Curator of the Lichen Herbarium, U.C. Riverside

Citizen Science and the Race North:  Population Ecology of Joshua Trees in an Era of Climate Change
March 18 – 21, 2016, Chris Smith, Ph.D., Biology, University of Willamette

Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology*
March 19, 2016, Kristin H. Berry, Ph.D., USGS, Paul Delaney, Ph.D., Integrative Biology, Copper Mountain College and Ed LaRue Jr., M.S. Biologist

Desert Invertebrates – a Macro Photography and Microscopy Primer*  new
March 19 – 20, 2016, Paul DeLey, Ph.D., Zoology, Professor at U.C. Riverside

Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park*
April 2, 2016, Allan Schoenherr, Ph.D., Ecology, Professor Emeritus

Geology of the Mojave National Preserve
April 2 – 3, 2016, Ted Reeves, Instructor, University of the Pacific

Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park
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

 “How-To” Survive in the Desert: Winter Edition  new date
February 21, 2016, Donald Scriven, Interpretive Tour Guide

“How-To” Navigate with Map and Compass
March 11 – 12, 2016, Misha Askren, Sierra Club Outings Leader

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

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.