|Date/Time:||Saturday, March 16, 8 am – afternoon|
|Meet at:||Cottonwood Visitor Center|
|Fee:||$50 members, $60 non member|
|Instructor:||Mark Wheeler, M. S., Education, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide|
Put on sturdy walking shoes and prepare to explore one of the most stunning mountain ranges in Joshua Tree National Park, the Eagle Mountains. Mark Wheeler will lead participants on a ten-mile cross-country loop, ascending through canyons and washes to a desert wonderland hidden behind the mountain’s rocky slopes. Wheeler will discuss the unique geology and ecology of the Colorado Desert as participants test their strength and stamina against a landscape of beautiful rock exposures. The class will hear about the rich diversity of flora and fauna in the area that is home to bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, and some of the most stunning wildflower displays in the park. Participants should be fit and prepared for a strenuous ten-mile route with rock scrambling and a minimum elevation change of 2,000 feet.