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Community Lecture Series


Desert Institute

Spring 2019 Catalog

Juniper and Monolith at Sunset

Juniper and Monolith at Sunset | Photo by NPS/Hannah Schwalbe | Public Domain | Source

Bringing Nature to our Community

The Desert Institute’s community outreach program brings cutting edge presentations on the cultural history, natural science, and the arts pertaining to Joshua Tree National Park, the Morongo Basin, and the Coachella Valley with various partners. The Desert Institute partners include Joshua Tree National Park, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, the Palm Springs Public Library, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Palm Desert.

Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

The Old Schoolhouse Museum
6760 National Park Dr
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

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The Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series started in 1999 and is run in partnership with the Twentynine Palms Historical Society. Lectures start at 7 pm and are $5 at the door.

2019

Date Class Instructor(s)
January 11 The Dunn Family History in 29 Palms Jeff Dunn + Bob Dunn
February 8 Adventures in the Mojave Trails National Monument Kyle Sullivan
March 8 The Treaty of Temecula and the American Invasion in Southern California Sean Milanovich
April 12 Desert Plant Ecology or Why Does The Desert Poke Me? Dr. Chris McDonald, Ph.D.
May 10 Civilization Through Citrus: Sherman Institute, 1901-1950 Amanda Wixon
June 14 History of Water in the Morongo Basin - Perspectives on an Underappreciated Resource Marina West

Palm Springs Public Library Lecture Series

Palm Springs Public Library
300 S Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Since 2012, the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park has partnered with the Palm Springs Public Library to provide speakers for the Library's monthly lecture series. Lectures are from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm and are free.

2019

Date Class Instructor(s)
January 9 Kokoweef: Still Searching for the Lost River of Gold Kim Stringfellow
February 6 Pioneertown, USA: Where the Old West Lives Again Kenneth Gentry
March 6 The Secret Lives of Desert-Dwelling Bees Hollis Woodard, Ph.D.
April 3 Adventures in the Mojave Trails National Monument Kyle Sullivan