Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park*                              

(UCR Credit: 2 units)


Saturday, March 25, 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday, March 26, 7:45 am – 4:45 pm

Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center
Fee: $110 members $120 non members
Credit Fee: $210 members $220 non members
Instructor: Allan Schoenherr, Ph.D., Ecology, Professor Emeritus
Hike Level: Easy

Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park:  Join Allan Schoenherr, Ph.D. and author of A Natural History of California, to learn about the desert environment and the unique plants and animals that define Joshua Tree National Park during this two-day field class. Schoenherr will begin with an overview of the North American deserts and then focus on desert ecology in Joshua Tree National Park. Presentations, illustrations and inter-active demonstrations will explain the relationships between living organisms as well as the adaptations that allow life to survive in arid landscapes. The class will visit multiple sites in the park where the two major ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, will be discussed. Participants will learn the distinctive qualities of these ecosystems and what plants and animals call them home. The class will also have opportunities to identify wildflowers, birds, and other animals in the field. Schoenherr makes ecology approachable and fun; just bring your lunch, water, and hat and learn about the fascinating flora and fauna of Joshua Tree National Park!

Download the course outline:  Ecology of JTNP Outline Sp 2017

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