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Desert Institute Fall 2020 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, OSHER, or PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Fall 2020


Fall 2020 Catalog

Wilderness Wellness

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
October 9 - 11 NewCampingHiking My Feelings: Stepping into the Healing Power of Nature External Link PDF
November 27 - 29 NewCampingBlaze Your Own Trail to Self Love: Tell Your Inner Critic to Take a Hike External Link PDF
December 11 - 13 NewCampingHiking My Feelings: Using Mindful Movement to Open the Flow of Creativity External Link PDF

"How-To" Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
September 20 "How-To" Identify Animal Burrows External Link PDF
October 30 - November 1 CampingBeginning Backpacking for Women in Mission Creek Preserve External Link PDF
November 14 - 15 NewCampingWilderness Cooking School: Campsite Cooking External Link PDF
October 31 How Not to Get Lost and a Moonlight Hike External Link PDF

Natural Science Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
September 27 CreditDesert Snakes: Mystery & Intrigue External Link PDF
October 9 - 11 CreditInsects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin External Link PDF
October 10 Geology of Amboy Crater External Link PDF
October 17 - 18 CreditDesert Invertebrates: Diversity Great and Small - A Macro Photography and Microscopy Primer External Link PDF
October 23 - 25 CreditNewCampingBirds of Anza Borrego External Link PDF
October 31 - November 1 CreditGeology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape External Link PDF
November 6 - 8 CreditCampingGeology and Geomorphology of Death Valley External Link PDF
November 7 Geology of the San Andreas Fault External Link PDF
November 14 - 15 CreditBiological Soil Crusts of Joshua Tree National Park External Link PDF
December 5 Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring External Link PDF

Cultural History Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
October 25 NewArt History of the Coachella Valley External Link PDF
November 15 NewContemporary Art of Joshua Tree External Link PDF
November 28 CancelledHistory and Legends of the Joshua Tree Music Scene External Link PDF

Guided Hikes in JTNP

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
November 14 NewHike to the Wonderland Rocks Overlook External Link PDF
November 21 Discover Pine City External Link PDF
December 5 Discover the Wonderland of Rocks External Link PDF
December 12 Summit Lela Peak External Link PDF

Creative Arts Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
September 19 Drawing with Charcoal and Pastel External Link PDF
September 26 Field Sketching for Non Artists External Link PDF
October 10 Capturing Joshua Tree Landscapes with Acrylics External Link PDF
October 17 FullKeys Ranch Nightscape Photography External Link PDF
October 17 - 18 NewCampingPlein Air Painting Workshop in Joshua Tree National Park External Link PDF
October 17 - 18 NewSensing Nature: The Alchemy of Expressing a Connection to the Natural World in Custom-Made Field Journals External Link PDF
October 24 NewBrush Drawing the Iconic Joshua Tree External Link PDF
November 8 NewWatercolors with Bold Color and Impact External Link PDF
November 6 - 8 CampingMastering Landscape Photography External Link PDF
November 14 Photographing the Hi-Desert External Link PDF
November 20 - 22 NewPhotographing Soda Springs and the Mojave External Link PDF
November 21 Watercolor Field Painting: Exploring a Sense of Place External Link PDF
December 5 Winter Light: Photographing Desert Preserves External Link PDF
December 5 - 6 Night Sky Photography Workshop External Link PDF

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel, contact the Desert Institute at (760) 367-5539(760) 367-5539 or desertinstitute@joshuatree.org at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we have eliminated the cancellation fee. If you feel ill prior to any class, please cancel to protect our instructors, volunteers and the other participants of Desert Institute classes.

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