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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

May 6-7                         Car Camping Basics in Joshua Tree National Park New

 

Creative Arts

December 3                  Photographing the High Desert

December 4                  Photographing the High Desert

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 7                            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

December 4                 Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring

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.