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Desert Institute Fall 2021 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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This season is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Visit 29 Palms. Check out Visit29.org to learn about all the great shops, restaurants, lodging and attractions in Twentynine Palms and start planning your visit.

Fall 2021


"How-To" Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
March 5 - 6, 2022 “How-To” Navigate with Map & Compass External Link PDF
April 15 - 17, 2022 Beginning Backpacking for Women in Mission Creek Preserve External Link PDF

Natural Science Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
November 20, 2021 Geology of the San Andreas Fault External Link PDF
December 4, 2021 Geology & Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring External Link PDF
January 7, 2022 CreditCampingGeology and Geomorphology of Death Valley External Link PDF
January 19, 22, 23, 2022 NewCreditBeginning Bird Banding External Link PDF
March 5 - 6, 2022 CreditDesert Invertebrates, Diversity Great and Small A Macro Photography and Microscopy Primer External Link PDF
March 12 - 13, 2022 Credit Flora of Joshua Tree National Park External Link PDF
March 12 - 13, 2022 NewCredit Mosses in Motion: Desert Moss Ecology & Diversity External Link PDF
March 19 - 20, 2022 New Geology and Natural History of Anza Borrego State Park External Link PDF
March 27, 2022 Credit Wildflower Wanderings External Link PDF
April 9 - 10, 2022 Credit Geology of Mojave National Preserve External Link PDF
April 24, 2022 Credit Wildflower Wanderings External Link PDF
April 30 - May 1, 2022 Credit Birds of Joshua Tree National Park External Link PDF
April 30 - May 1, 2022 Credit Camping Mammal Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park External Link PDF
May 7 - 8, 2022 Credit Birds of the Eastern Mojave: Spring Migration External Link PDF
May 7 - 8, 2022 Credit Geology of the Marble Mountains External Link PDF
May 7 - 8, 2022 NewCredit Citizen Science: Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park External Link PDF
May 20 - 22, 2022 NewCredit Lizards and Snakes of the East Mojave External Link PDF

Cultural History Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
February 25 - 27, 2022 NewCreditThe Art and Science of Flintknapping External Link PDF
March 5, 2022 Art History of the Coachella Valley External Link PDF

Guided Hikes in JTNP

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
December 11, 2021 NewHiking in the Shadow of Quail Mountain External Link PDF
December 18, 2021 NewHike the Boundary Lands External Link PDF

Creative Arts Courses

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
December 4, 2021 Winter Light: Photographing Desert Preserves External Link PDF
January 29 - 30, 2022 Keys Ranch Nightscape Photography Workshop External Link PDF
February 12, 2022 Salton Sea Photography Workshop External Link PDF
February 18 - 20, 2022 NewPhotographing Soda Springs and the Mojave National Preserve External Link PDF
February 26, 2022 Route 66 Photography Workshop External Link PDF
February 26, 2022 NewCyanotype Processing Workshop External Link PDF
March 5, 2022 Keys Ranch Nightscape Photography Workshop External Link PDF
March 12, 2022 Joshua Tree Through the Lens External Link PDF
March 18, 2022 Photographing Joshua Tree by Moonlight External Link PDF
March 18 - 20, 2022 Mastering Landscape Photography External Link PDF
March 27, 2022 Contemporary Art of Joshua Tree External Link PDF
April 2, 2022 NewCyanotype Processing Workshop External Link PDF
April 9 - 10, 2022 Plein Air Painting Workshop in Joshua Tree National Park External Link PDF
April 16 - 17, 2022 Capturing Joshua Tree Landscapes with Acrylics Beginning to Intermediate Skill Levels External Link PDF
April 16 - 17, 2022 NewDiscovering Color in the Desert Landscape: Creating Vibrant Oil Paintings External Link PDF
April 23, 2022 Field Sketching for Non-Artists External Link PDF
April 30, 2022 Keys Ranch Nightscape Photography Workshop External Link PDF
May 7 - 8, 2022 Night Sky Photography External Link PDF
May 29, 2022 Keys Ranch Nightscape Photography 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.

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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