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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!

 

Women’s Classes

September 24 – 25        Explore Camping: A Workshop for Women

October 1 – 2                  Women’s “Get-Away” Weekend

 

Creative Arts

September 24 – 25       Night Sky Photography

October 1 – 2                 Keys Ranch Nightscape and Light Painting Workshop

October 15                     Picture the Park in Black and Whitenew

October 16                    Watercolor Painting in Joshua Tree National Park

November 5                  Keys Ranch Nightscape and Light Painting Workshop

November 6                  Light & Color:  Oil Painting in Joshua Tree National Park

November 12 – 13         Pine Needle Basketry

November 13                 Smartphone and Point-and-Shoot Techniques to Make Your Travel Photos “POP”

November 18                 Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park

December 3                   Photographing the High Desert

December 4                   Photographing the High Desert

 

Guided Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

October 1                       Discover Pine City

October 2                      Explore the Wonderland of Rocks

October 16                    Explore the Coxcomb Inner Basin

October 22                    Hike Lost Horse Mine Loop

November 13                Explore Queen Mountain West

 

Cultural History

October 29 – 30           Archaeology in Joshua Tree National Park

November 5                 Discover Cary’s Castle

 

Natural Science

September 16 – 18       Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin*

September 24              Bighorn Sheep in Joshua Tree National Park

September 25              Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue*

November 5 – 6           Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape*

November 12               Geology of the San Andreas Fault

November 12               Desert Palm Oasis Ecologynew

December 4                 Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring

 

“How-To” Courses

September 24 – 25        Explore Camping: A Workshop for Women

October 2                       “How-To” Identify Animal Scatnew

October 15                     “How-To” Identify Animal Burrows

October 22 – 23             “How-To” Navigate with Map and Compass

October 8 – 9                  Campfire Cuisine with Chef Tanya Petrovna

November 5                   “How-To” Survive in the Desert

November 13                 Smartphone and Point-and-Shoot Techniques to Make Your Travel Photos “POP”

 

 

* 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.