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Master Naturalist Series


Desert Institute

Fall 2019 Catalog

Bighorn Sheep

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, expand your knowledge through the Joshua Tree Master Naturalist Series. Seven 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 excursions and lectures, you’ll cultivate observations skills that are the hallmark of a good naturalist.

By documenting field observations through sketches, journaling, photography, and more, you’ll learn how to make a deeper connection to nature. When you complete eight courses, of your choice, from our twelve science classes that we offer annually, you will receive your “Joshua Tree Naturalist” certification and a Joshua Tree National Park hoodie. Courses will be offered yearly and certification may be completed over time. These eleven courses in the Joshua Tree Master Naturalist Series are also approved for credit from UC Riverside Extension. UC Riverside credit is not required for the Joshua Tree Master Naturalist certificate.

Fall 2019

Date Class Instructor(s) Outline
September 27 Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin Kurt Leuschner PDF
September 29 Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrique William Hayes PDF
October 4 - 6 Birds of the Mojave Desert Kurt Leuschner PDF
October 18 - 20 Geology and Geomorphology of Death Valley Alessandro Grippo PDF
November 2 - 3 Geology: Creation of the of Joshua Tree Landscape Tor Lacy PDF
November 23 - 24 Biological Soil Crusts in Joshua Tree National Park Nicole Pietrasiak PDF

Spring 2020

Date Class
Spring 2020 Rocks and Minerals of Joshua Tree National Park
Spring 2020 Birds of Joshua Tree National Park
Spring 2020 Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park
Spring 2020 Flora of Joshua Tree National Park
Spring 2020 Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology
Spring 2020 Citizen Science: Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park