What We Do

The Joshua Tree National Park Association has been helping Joshua Tree National Park since 1962. Our most visible activity – and major source of revenue – is operating the educational bookstores at the park’s four visitor centers, as well as staffing many of these locations with Information Specialists who provide visitor services alongside the National Park Service Rangers.

But the Joshua Tree National Park Association does much more!

We also:

  • Operate the Desert Institute, a weekend field program for adults and families that offers courses in natural science, natural and cultural history, creative arts and desert survival
  • Sponsor community lecture series in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms
  • Publish books and media specific to the park. Titles include Joshua Tree National Park Geology by D. D. Trent and Rick Hazlett, Desert Reflections by Stephen Trimble, and On Foot in Joshua Tree by Patty Knapp
  • Support the Junior Ranger program with funds for program supplies that kids receive for free
  • Purchase books and materials for the park library and museum
  • Fund ranger training and orientation for new park staff
  • Provide environmental education materials to over 11,000 students in local communities
  • Support scientific research through administration and additional funding for the Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Program (funded by the Lee Family Foundation)
  • Connect with the local arts community by sponsoring the annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival
  • Celebrate environmental leadership with the Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations for their notable achievements
  • Provide administrative support for the Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence Program
  • Raise funds to support the park through community events, memberships and donations


National Park ServiceAs the park’s primary  non-profit partner, our mission is to assist with
natural and cultural resource preservation and educational activities of
Joshua Tree National Park.