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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.

Click on the classes below to learn more. 

 

Camping Programs

 October 6 – 7  Campfire Cuisine with Chef Tanya Petrovna
 October 20 – 21  Backpacking for Women in Joshua Tree National Park
 October 27 – 28  Women’s “Get-Away” Weekend
 November 2 – 4  Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park

Creative Arts

 August 11  Keys Ranch Nightscape and Star Trail Photography  full – sign up for the “wait list”
 October 6  Keys Ranch Nightscape Photography Workshop
 October 6  Capturing Joshua Tree Landscapes with Acrylics
(Beginning to Intermediate Painting)
 October 13 – 14  Night Sky Photography
 October 13  Charcoal Drawing in Joshua Tree National Park new
 October 20  HDR Photography in Joshua Tree National Park new
 October 27  Botanical Illustration in Joshua Tree National Park
 November 2 – 4  Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park
December 1 Photographing the Hi-Desert

Guided Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

 November 10  Explore Crown Prince Lookout new
 November 11  Summit Warren Peak new
 November 17  Summit Quail Mountain
 December 1  Explore Queen Mountain West
 December 9  Discover the Pinto Wye Arrastra new

Cultural History

 October 21  Hike to Samuelson’s Rocks
 October 27 – 28  Archaeology in Joshua Tree National Park
 November 18  Mining in the Mojave  new

Natural Science

 May 19 Desert Night Sky: Planets to Galaxies
 September 15 Bighorn Sheep in Joshua Tree National Park
September 21 – 23 Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin*
 September 23 Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue*
 October 6 – 7 Citizen Science:  Post-fire Restoration Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park new
 October 13 Geology of Amboy Crater
 October 27 Geology of the Marble Mountains
 November 3  Geology of the San Andreas Fault
 November 3 – 4 Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape*
 December 2 Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring
 December 9 Discover Bonanza Springs in the Mojave Trails National Monument new

“How-To” Courses

 September 16  “How-To” Identify Animal Burrows
 October 6 – 7  Campfire Cuisine with Chef Tanya Petrovna
 October 20  “How-To” Survive in the Desert
 November 18  “How-To” Identify Animal Scat


* 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.