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 3/9/2014:  We are now using Eventbrite for our class enrollment.  We think that the enrollment process will be easier and more efficient.  Let us know what you think!

 

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!

Yoga Inspired Classes

Women’s “Get-Away” Weekend (new)
March 29 – 30, 2014 – Caryn Davidson, Yoga Instructor & Laurie Green, Certified Interpretive Guide

Yoga and Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park (cancelled)
April 12, 2014 – Tera Lea Serratt, Yoga Instructor

Yoga and Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park (cancelled)
April 27, 2014 – Tera Lea Serratt, Yoga Instructor

 

Creative Arts

Joshua Tree Through the Lens 
March 8, 2014, Craig Fucile, Photographer, Instructor

Pine Needle Basketry (new) 
March 8 & 9, 2014 – Kathi Klopfenstein, Artist, Instructor

Night Sky Photography 
April 5 & 6, 2014 - Dennis Mammana, M.S. Astronomy

Fine Art Photography Workshop   
April 11 – 13, 2014 – Ralph Nordstrom, Photographer, Instructor

Light & Color: Oil Painting in JTNP 
April 13, 2014 - Diane McClary, Artist, Instructor

Watercolor Painting Workshop 
April 13, 2014 – Anahita King, Artist, Instructor

Plein Air Poetry 
April 26, 2014 – Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal, Poets, Instructors

David Muench Photography Workshop  class full…please call 760-367-5535 for the “wait list”
May 3, 2014 – David Muench, Instructor,

 

Cultural History

Hike Lost Horse Loop cancelled
February 15, 2014 – Chris Metzger, Educator, Historian

Hike Wall Street Mill – Barker Dam Loop
February 23, 2014 – Chris Metzger, Educator, Historian

Rock Art of Southern California   
February 23, 2014 - Daniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology

Intaglios Along the Colorado River 
March 2, 2014 - Daniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology

Native American Plant Uses 
March 23, 2014 - Daniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology

 

Hikes with a Desert Naturalist

Explore Queen Mountain 
February 22, 2014 – Mark Wheeler, M. S., Education, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide

Discover Cary’s Castle  
March 16, 2014 – Mark Wheeler, M. S., Education, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide

Explore Eagle Cliff Mine 
April 12, 2014 – Mark Wheeler, M. S., Education, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide

 

Desert Survival Skills

Navigating with Map & Compass   cancelled please call 760-367-5535 for additional information
February 28 – March 1, 2014 – Thomas Coyne, Navigation and Desert Survival Specialist

Desert Survival 
March 2, 2014 – Thomas Coyne, Navigation and Desert Survival Specialist

GPS Navigation Techniques
March 15 – 16, 2014 - David Pylman, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue Co-Captain and Instructor

Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park cancelled
April 5 – 6, 2014, –  Jim Lowery, Primitive Skill Instructor, Author of The Tracker’s Field Guide

 

Natural Science

Rocks and Minerals of Joshua Tree National Park*  class full…please call 760-367-5535 for the “wait list”
February 28, March 1 – 2, 2014, Robert Pellenbarg, Ph.D, Instructor, College of the Desert
(UCR Credit: Geosciences x425.1, 1.5 unit)

Volcanoes in Joshua Tree National Park
March 8, 2014 – Rick Hazlett, Ph.D, Geology,  co-author of “Joshua Tree National Park Geology”

Biological Soil Crusts of JTNP*   class full…please call 760-367-5535 for the “wait list”
March 8 – 9, 2014 – Nicole Pietrasiak, Ph.D, and Kerry Knudsen, curator of the Lichen Herbarium at the UCR Herbarium
(UCR Credit: BIOLOGY X412.28  1.0 unit)

Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park*class full…please call 760-367-5535 for the “wait list”
March 15 – 16, 2014 – Alan Schoenherr, Ph.D, Ecology, Professor Emeritus
(UCR Credit: Biology x412.4 2 Units)

Citizen Science: The Race North: Population Ecology of Joshua Trees In an Era of Climate Change  class full…please call 760-367-5535 for the “wait list”
March 21 – 24, 2014
Chris Smith, Ph.D., University of Willamette, and Todd Esque, Ph.D, USGS

(UCR Credit: Botany x420.4, 2.0 unit)

Flora of Joshua Tree National Park* 
March 28-29, 2014 - Stefanie Ritter, M.S., Zoology, Botany & Genetics and Mark Wheeler, M.S. Education, Desert Naturalist
(UCR Credit: Botany x420.5, 1.5 unit)

Desert Tortoise Surveying and Monitoring 
March 29, 2014 – Paul Delaney, Ph.D., Professor of Integrative Biology and Ed LaRue, M.S., Biologist

Wildflower Wanderings 
March 30, 2014 – Darrell Shade, Botanist, Desert Naturalist

Citizen Science:  Tracking the Effects of Climate Change (new) 
April 12 – 13, 2014 - Josh Hoines, Vegetation Branch Chief, JTNP and Cameron Barrows, PhD, UCR’s Center for Conservation Biology

Geology of the Mojave National Preserve 
April 25 – 27, 2014 – Ted Reeves, Instructor, University of the Pacific

Desert Night Sky:  Planets to Galaxies 
April 26, 2014 – David Chappell, Ph.D., Astronomy, Professor, University of LaVerne

Birds of Joshua Tree National Park* 
May 2 – 4, 2014 – Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Professor, College of the Desert
(UCR Credit: Botany x404, 1 unit)

Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring (cancelled due to trail closures)
May 10, 2014 – Ted Reeves, Instructor, University of the Pacific

Earthquake Faults of Joshua Tree National Park
May 10, 2014 – Ted Reeves, Instructor, 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.