Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin*   

(Entomologyx405.1, 1.5 unit)

Date/Time: Friday, September 16, 6:30 pm – 9 pm; Sat., Sept. 17, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm; 6:00 pm – 9 pm;Sunday, September 18, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet at: Black Rock Ranger Station
Fee: $135 JTNPA/PINE member, $145 non member
Credit Fee: $210 JTNPA/PINE member, $220 non member
Instructor: Kurt Leuschner, M. S., Wildlife Ecology, College of the Desert
Hike Level: Easy to Moderate
This class is sponsored by the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Did you know that insects can survive in temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade with little or no water? Kurt Leuschner will explore the lives of the largest group of animals in the world through a study of insect anatomy, survival traits, habitats, and behaviors. Participants will learn to identify and distinguish insects from other arthropods and then practice their skills in the field. Field observations will include Joshua tree forest, palm oasis, desert, dune, and riparian habitats as well as a special night session with blacklights at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.  Leuschner will share amazing stories of insects including the yucca moth, antlion, and tarantula hawk wasp and their interconnections with the world around them.
Download the course outline:  Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin Fall 2016 for the class itinerary, meeting times and locations.
Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.


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