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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!

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

 

Women’s Classes

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

The Rough N’ Ready Girl’s Desert Camping Workshop
April 18 – 19, 2015 – Rebecca Lowry, Artist, Instructor

Women’s “Get Away” Weekend
April 25 – 26, 2015 - Caryn Davidson, Yoga Instructor & Laurie Green, Certified Interpretive Guide

Journey to Artistry in Joshua Tree National Park
May, 2, 2015 – Valohna Wynn, Artist, Instructor

 

Creative Arts

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

Photographing the High Desert
December 7, 2014 - Craig Fucile, Photographer, Instructor

Pine Needle Basketry
February 28 – March 1, 2015 – Kathi Klopfenstein, Artist, Instructor

Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park
March 6 – 8, 2015 – Ralph Nordstrom, Photographer, Instructor

Joshua Tree Through the Lens*
March 7, 2015 – Craig Fucile, Photography Instructor, UC Riverside, Extension

Desert Haiku Writing in Joshua Tree National Park
March 7, 2015 – Ruth Nolan, Professor of Creative Writing and Deborah P. Kolodji, Moderatoer os the Southern California Haiku Study Group

Creative SmartPhone Photography in Joshua Tree National Park
March 22, 2015 – Diana Shay Diehl, Photographer, Educator

Desert Experience: Transforming Observation Through Writing
April 4 – 5, 2015 – Rebecca Lowry, Artist, Instructor

Night Sky Photography
April 25 – 26, 2015 – Dennis Mammana, M.S. Astronomy, Sky Photographer, Syndicated Columnist

Watercolor Painting in Joshua Tree National Park
April 26, 2015 – Anahita King, Artist, Instructor

Plein Air Poetry
May 2, 2015 – Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal, Award-winning Poets

Light & Color:  Oil Painting in Joshua Tree National Park
May 2 – 3, 2015 – Andrew Dickson, MFA, Artist, Instructor

Keys Ranch Night Sky Photography Workshop
May 16, 2015 – Donald Chambers, Nightscape Photography Instructor

 

Hikes with a Desert Naturalist

Hike to Lost Palms Oasis
February 21, 2015 – Mark Wheeler, Naturalist

Hike to the Hexaheddron Mine (from Stirrup Tank)
March 15, 2015 – Mark Wheeler, Naturalist

Queen Mountain: More Than Just The Summit
March 22, 2015 – Mark Wheeler, Naturalist

Wildflower Wanderings
March 29, 2015 – Darrell Shade, Botanist, Desert Naturalist

Desert Survival Skills

Navigating with Map and Compass

March 27 – 28, 2015 – Misha Askren, Sierra Club Outings Leader

Desert Survival

March 29, 2015 – Donald Scriven, Desert Interpretive Guide

GPS Navigation Techniques

April 18 – 19, 2015 – David Pylman, Joshua Tree Search & Rescue Leader

 

 

Natural Science

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

 

 

 

 

 

* 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.