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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 fun learning experience on these educational adventures.

Click on the classes below to learn more. 

 

Camping Programs

March 10-11 Springtime Camping in Joshua Tree National Park
April 21-22 Women’s “Get-Away” Weekend
   

Creative Arts

December 2 Photographing the Hi-Desert
December 3 Photographing the Hi-Desert
December 9 Capturing the Nuances of Joshua Tree National Park;  Making Memorable Images  new
March 3 Joshua Tree Through the Lens
March 4 Joshua Tree Through the Lens
March 17 Capturing Joshua Tree Landscapes with Acrylics new
March 23-25 Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park
March 29 Sandy Wheaton Photography Presentation free
March 31 Route 66 Photography Workshop new
April 21 Salton Sea Photography Workshop new
April 21 National Parks at Night Photography Workshop new
May 5-6 Night Sky Photography 
August 11 Keys Ranch Nightscape and Star Trail Photography
   

Guided Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

December 9 Hike to Samuelson’s Rocks  new
December 10 Explore the Coxcomb Inner Basin
February 17  Summit Monument Peak new
February 18 Explore the Wonderland of Rocks
February 24 Explore Ruby Lee Mill
March 18 Explore the Coxcomb Inner Basin
April 7 Hike to Desert Queen Mine
April 28 Discover Pine City
   

Cultural History

February 18 Rock Art of Southern California
March 10 Intaglios Along the Colorado River
March La Rumorosa Rock Art of Baja California Presentation free
March 18 Native American Plant Uses
   

Natural Science

December 3 Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring
February 16-18 Rocks & Minerals of the Joshua Tree National Park*
March 3 Geology of Amboy Crater
March 3 Wildflower Wanderings
March 9-11 Flora of Joshua Tree National Park*
March 10-11 Desert Invertebrates: A Macro Photography and Microscopy Primer*
March 17 Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology*
March 17-18 Biological soil Crusts of Joshua Tree National Park*
March 24-25 Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park*
April 7 Wildflower Wanderings
April 7-8 Geology of the Mojave National Preserve 
April 21 Geology of the Marble Mountains new
April 27-28 Birds of Joshua Tree National Park*
April 28-29 Advanced Mammal Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park  new
May 5-6 Citizen Science: Phenological Monitoring in JTNP*
May 19 Desert Night Sky: Planets to Galaxies
   

“How-To” Courses

April 7 – 8 “How-To” Navigate with Map and Compass
April 14 “How-To” Survive in the Desert
April 28 – 29 Advanced Mammal Tracking in JTNP new


* ACADEMIC CREDIT

Credit is available from University of California, Riverside Extension. Optional credit courses are marked by the symbol *. The number of units are listed with each class. Credit fees are listed separately from noncredit fees.