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Master Naturalist Series


Desert Institute

Spring 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 eleven 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.