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Bighorn Sheep | Photo by NPS/Glauco Puig-Santana | Public Domain | Source

Joshua Tree Master Naturalist Certificate

If you love observing nature and learning about Joshua Tree National Park, expand your knowledge through the Joshua Tree Master Naturalist Series. Comprehensive courses on key Joshua Tree topics are designed to broaden your understanding of the ecology, plants, geology, wildlife and history of the park. Through field-based excur- sions and lectures, you’ll cultivate observation skills that are the hallmark of a good nat- uralist. When you complete eight courses, of your choice, you will receive your “Joshua Tree Master Naturalist” certification. Certification may be completed over time. These courses are approved for credit from UC Riveside Extension, but credit is not required for the certificate.

Complete eight courses to receive your Joshua Tree Master Naturalist certification.

Fall 2020

Date Class
September 27 Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue External Link
October 9 - 11 Insects and Arthoropods of the Morongo Basin External Link
October 17 - 18 Desert Invertebrates: Diversity Great and Small - a Macro Photography and Microscopy Primer External Link
October 23 - 25 Birds of Anza Borrego External Link
November 6 - 8 Geology and Geomorphology of Death Valley External Link
November 14 - 15 Biological Soil Crusts in Joshua Tree National Park External Link
October 31 - November 1 Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape External Link

Spring 2021

Date Class
Spring 2021 Birds of Joshua Tree National Park
Spring 2021 Birds of the Eastern Mojave: Spring Migration
Spring 2021 Citizen Science: Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park
Spring 2021 Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology
Spring 2021 Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park
Spring 2021 Flora of Joshua Tree National Park
Spring 2021 nsects and Arthropods of the Eastern Mojave
Spring 2021 Moss in Motion: Desert Moss Ecology and Diversity
Spring 2021 Rocks and Minerals of Joshua Tree National Park