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Community Lecture Series

Desert Institute

Fall 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 doors open at 6:15 pm. Cost is $5 at the door or become a subscriber to save.

Become a subscriber to the entire series for only $40. You will SAVE $10.00 and, as a subscriber, you will have a “reserved seat” held until 10 minutes before the lecture begins.

Alternatively, one can mail a check to: Desert Institute, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 (Please make check out to Joshua Tree National Park Association and indicate that you want to subscribe the Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series).

Subscribe to Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

Meet the speaker - Dinner at the 29 Palms Inn on your own with speaker at 5 pm. RSVP by Wednesday prior to the event by calling (760) 367-5539(760) 367-5539.

For more info call (760) 367-5539(760) 367-5539 or email


Date Class Instructor(s)
September 13 East Mojave Cultural History Museum Laura Misajet
October 11 Desert Ladies Diaries Dawn Davis
November 8 The History of the Carson Family in 29 Palms Thurman Carson
December 14 The Next Steps - Tortoise Protection from Raven Impact Allison Fedrick


Date Class Instructor(s)
January 10 Adventures in the Mojave Trails National Monument Kyle Sullivan
February 14 Postcards from Mecca: The California Desert Photographs of Susie Keef Smith and Lula Mae Graves
March 13 History of Water in the Morongo Basin - Perspectives on an Underappreciated Resource Marina West
April 10 The History of the Lomeli Family in Amboy Guadalupe Lomeli
May 8 Natural History of Anza Borrego Mike Wells
June 12 Grandfather Burton Frasher, Photographer, 1907 Through the Decades Chris Frasher