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Desert Institute Fall 2022 Catalog

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Choosing a Field Class

The Desert Institute offers classes for adult learners in cultural history, natural science, survival skills, desert naturalist studies, women’s programs, citizen science, and creative arts. All programs are taught by expert instructors who provide a personal and enjoyable learning experience on these educational adventures.

Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Info and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Please print and fill out the Participant Agreement. You can bring the completed form to the class.

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

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FALL 2022


"How-To" Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
September 18 “How-To” Identify Animal Burrows External Link PDF
October 29 - 30 CampingWilderness Cooking School: Campsite Cooking External Link PDF
November 12 - 13 CampingWomen's "Get Away" Weekend External Link PDF

Natural Science Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
September 24 - 25 CreditBirds of the Mojave External Link PDF
September 25 CreditDesert Snakes External Link PDF
October 8 - 9 CreditInsects and Arthopods of the Morongo Basin External Link PDF
October 22 - 23 CreditCampingBirds of Anza Borrego External Link PDF
November 5 Geology of Amboy Crater External Link PDF
November 19 Geology of the San Andreas Fault External Link PDF
November 19 - 20 CreditBeginning Bird Banding External Link PDF
December 2 - 4 CreditCampingGeology and Geomorphology of Death Valley External Link PDF
December 3 - 4 Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape External Link PDF
January 20, 2023 FullNewBirds and Other Wonders of the Salton Sea External Link PDF

Cultural History Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
September 17 NewPractical Uses of Native California Plants External Link PDF
October 22 NewMurals of 29 Palms External Link PDF

Guided Hikes in JTNP

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
October 8 Discover Pine City External Link PDF
October 23 Discover Pine City External Link PDF
November 6 NewDiscover Contact/Anaconda Mine External Link PDF
December 11 Discover Lost Horse Mine External Link PDF

Creative Arts Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
August 27 FullKeys Ranch Nightscape Photography External Link PDF
September 24 NewDiscovering Your Creative Vision with Acrylics External Link PDF
September 30 - October 3 CampingMastering Landscape Photography External Link PDF
October 2 Cyanotype Processing Workshop External Link PDF
November 5 NewA Beginners Guide to Incredible iPhone Photography External Link PDF
November 5 Field Sketching for Non Artists External Link PDF
November 5 Photographing Joshua Tree by Moonlight External Link PDF
November 6 Cyanotype Processing Workshop External Link PDF
November 5 - 6 CampingPlein Air Oil Painting External Link PDF
November 19 Photographing the Hi Desert External Link PDF
November 19 NewA Beginners Guide to Incredible iPhone Photography External Link PDF
December 3 Winter Light: Photographing the Desert Preserves External Link PDF

Events

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
October 1 Archaeopalooza External Link PDF
November 12 - 13 NewJoshua Tree Writers Festival External Link PDF

Wilderness Wellness Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
November 25 - 27 NewCampingHiking My Feelings: Inner Wilderness Workshop External Link PDF
December 9 - 11 NewCampingHiking My Feeling: Trail of Life - Self Reflection Workshop External Link PDF

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.

Legend

Label Description
Credit

An academic credit is available from University of California, Riverside Extension. Optional credit courses are marked by the green label. The number of units are listed with each class in the catalog. Credit fees are listed separately from non-credit fees in the catalog.

New

A brand new class that has been added to the current season.

New Format

A class that has been altered into a brand new format.

Full

A class that has reached capacity. Any new registrations will be added to a waiting list.

Camping

A class that includes a camping option

Cancelled

A class that has been cancelled and will no longer take place