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. Nine 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 observation 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 all nine courses, you will receive your “Joshua Tree Master Naturalist” certification. Courses will be offered yearly and certification may be completed over time. These eight courses in the Joshua Tree Master Naturalist Series are also approved for credit from U.C. Riverside, Extension.

Naturalist Series

 

Spring 2018  
Feb. 16-18   Rocks & Minerals of Joshua Tree National Park
Mar. 09-11 Flora of Joshua Tree National Park
Mar. 10-11 Desert Invertebrates 
March 17 Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology
Mar. 17-18 Biological Soil Crusts of Joshua Tree National Park 
Mar. 24-25 Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park
Apr. 27-29 Birds of Joshua Tree National Park
May 5-6 Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park
   
Fall 2018  
Sep. 24 Desert Snakes: Mystery & Intrigue
Sep. 29-Oct. 1 Insects & Arthropods of the Morongo Basin
Oct. 28-29 Archeology in Joshua Tree National Park
 Nov. 4-5 Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape