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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

“Tent Talk” – Women’s Camping Weekend
September 26 – 27 – Rebecca Lowry, Instructor

Journey to Artistry
October 3 – Valohna Wynn, Instructor, Artist

Women’s “Get-Away” Holiday Weekend
October 10-12 – Cynthia Anderson and Elizabeth Wyatt

 

Creative Arts

Nightscape and Light Painting Photography Workshop (full – sign up for the “wait list”)
July 17, 2015 – Don Chambers, Nightscape Photographer, Instructor

Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park
September 18 – 20, Ralph Nordstrom, Photographer, Instructor

Reading the Desert:  Stories and Literature of Joshua Tree*
October 3, Ruth Nolan, M.F.A., Professor of Creative Writing, College of the Desert

Keys Ranch Nightscape Photography Workshop  (full – sign up for the “wait list”)
October 10, Don Chambers, Photographer, Instructor

Night Sky Photography
October 17 - 18, Dennis Mammana, M.S. Astronomy, Photographer, Instructor

Watercolor Painting in Joshua Tree National Park
October 18, John Scahill, M.F.A., Artist, Instructor

Creative Issues and Practices in Nature Writing*
November 6 – 8, Elizabeth Wyatt, M.F.A., Professor of English, Copper Mountain College

Light and Color:  Oil Painting in Joshua Tree National Park
November 1, Diane McClary, Artist, Instructor

Photographing the Hi Desert
November 21, Craig Fucile, Photographer, Instructor

Photographing the Hi Desert
November 22, Craig Fucile, Photographer, Instructor

“How-To” Take Stunning Images with Your SmartPhone
December 6, Diana Shay-Diehl, Artist, Photographer

 

Hikes with a Desert Naturalist

Discover the Wonderland of Rocks
October 4 – Mark Wheeler, M.E., Education, Desert Naturalist

Explore Stubbe Springs
October 24 - Mark Wheeler, M.E., Education, Desert Naturalist

Discover Cary’s Castle
November 14 - Mark Wheeler, M.E., Education, Desert Naturalist

 

Cultural History

Desert Queen Ranch and the Keys Family
September 19 - John Hale, Ph.D., History, Archaeology

Archaeology in Joshua Tree National Park
October 31-November 1 – Daniel McCarthy, M.A., Anthropology

 

Natural Science

Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin*
September 18 – 20 – Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Professor of Natural Sciences, College of the Desert

Desert Snakes: Mystery & Intrigue*
September 20 - William Hayes, Ph.D., Professor at Loma Linda University

Bighorn Sheep in Joshua Tree National Park
October 17 – Michael Vamstad, M.S., Wildlife Ecologist, Joshua Tree National Park

Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape*
October 24 – 25, Tor Lacy, M.S., Geology, Professor at Cerritos College

Geology of the San Andreas Fault
November 7,  Ted Reeves, B.S., Professor at College of the Pacific

Ecology and Biology of Joshua Trees
November 15, Chris Clarke, Environmental Writer

Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring
December 6, Ted Reeves, B.S., Professor at College of the Pacific

Citizen Science:  Tracking the Effects of Climate Change
December 5 – 6, Cameron Barrows, Ph.D., Center for Conservation Biology and James Heintz, Center for Conservation Biology

 

“How-To” Courses

“Tent Talk” – Women’s Camping Weekend
September 26 – 27, Rebecca Lowry, Artist, Instructor

“How-To” Survive in the Desert
October 4, Donald Scriven, Interpretive Desert Guide

“How-To” Navigate with Map and Compass
October 16 – 17, Misha Askren, Group Leader, Sierra Club

“How-To” Campfire Cuisine, Gourmet Cooking in Joshua Tree National Park
November 7 – 8, Michael Moura, Tanya Jenkins and Lew Kingman

“How-To” Identify Animal Burrows
November 14, Cynthia Anderson, M.S., Wildlife Biologist

“How-To” Advanced Navigation with Map and Compass
November 22, Misha Askren, Group Leader, Sierra Club

“How-To” Take Stunning Images with Your SmartPhone
December 6, Diana Shay-Diehl, Artist, Instructor

 

 

* 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.