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Local businesses support the Mojave Monuments
August 10, 2017

It’s no secret that national monuments are an economic boon to their surrounding communities. A recent Headwaters Economics report found that the…

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Afton Canyon Conservation Campout – Field Blog
April 15, 2017

THE MORNING OF SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH, THE CAMPGROUND IN AFTON CANYON NATURAL AREA WAS FULL OF EXCITEMENT. Staff from the Amargosa…

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Region’s Girl Scouts beginning to earn patches for new national monuments
March 30, 2017

(Courtesy of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio) REDLANDS >> The Girl Scout organization, representing 14,000 girls in San Bernardino and Riverside…

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Veterans partner with conservation groups
March 30, 2017

The California Conservation Corps’ Veterans Conservation Corps joined the Conservation Lands Foundation, Mojave Desert Land Trust and Bureau of Land Management…

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A plea for cherished lands protection
March 30, 2017

In Native American culture, the land, landscape, and everything in it is intertwined – it is sustenance, it is shelter, it is…

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National monuments celebrate anniversary
March 30, 2017

A series of events held across Southern California’s desert region will greet the anniversary of the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails…

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TOOLS & RESOURCES

  • Official Monument Resources
  • Mojave Monuments Adventure Kits

    MOJAVE MONUMENTS TOOLKIT

    Please visit the Mojave Monuments Toolkit Website for a complete online guide
    to help you explore and enjoy your new monuments!

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    Click the map image to download you monument map
    Regional Map:

    Regional Services

    Mojave Trails National Monument:

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    Sand To Snow National Monument:

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    Castle Mountains National Monument:

    CAMO MAP


    All good desert road trips need a playlist! Download Mojave Desert Land Trust’s (MDLT)
    Mojave Desert Drive Playlist on Spotify. #WindowsDown#MusicUp


    A big thanks to MDLT for putting together the Mojave Monuments Toolkit
    and accompanying website!

  • One-Year Monumental Anniversary

    Press Release

    SAND TO SNOW BIG MORONGO HILLS CLEAN UP

    February 11 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Big Morongo Canyon Preserve • 11055 East Drive • Morongo Valley
    Hosted by: Hispanic Access Foundation, the City of Desert Hot Springs, and Mojave Desert Lands Trust
    For more information contact: Missy Boyd, missy@mdlt.org, 760-386-8548 ext. 226
    Join partners and community members from the Morongo Valley, Coachella Valley, and Desert Hot Springs for a day of service at Big Morongo Hills in the Sand to Snow National Monument.  The day will begin with a visit to the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Morongo Valley to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Sand to Snow National Monument designation.  Then we will travel to the other side of the mountains to Desert Hot Springs’ Big Morongo Hills.  Activities will include an area clean up, trim repair, and habitat restoration.
    The City of Desert Hot Springs recently passed a resolution expressing its intent to be a gateway city to Sand to Snow National Monument, and is excited to being work with the community and agency partners to improve and restore access into the monument with local hiking trails.
    Snacks and water will be provided, but volunteers are strongly encouraged to bring their own additional food and extra water.

    SAND TO SNOW BIG MORONGO CANYON HIKE AND OPEN HOUSE

    February 11 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Big Morongo Canyon Preserve • 11055 East Drive • Morongo Valley
    Hosted by: Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
    For more information call (760) 363-7190
    Discover the natural history of Big Morongo Canyon in the Sand to Snow National Monument. Join Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Education Center, and enjoy displays, exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, hikes, and more!  Learn about the National Monument and visit with the partners that help manage this extraordinary resource.
    Hike and bird watching walks start at 9:00 AM at the Preserve Parking Lot.  Enjoy the diverse species of birds that make the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve famous. Hike the trail down Big Morongo Canyon and learn about the area’s spectacular geology.
    No experience necessary. Bring water, good walking shoes, hat and layered warm clothing.  Hikes are up to four miles round trip, with mostly level walking. Cameras and binoculars encouraged!
    The Preserve Education Center will be open 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    MONUMENT PRESENTATION, ADVENTURE KITS, AND ART SHOW

    February 11 • 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Taylor Junction • 61732 29 Palms Hwy •Joshua Tree
    Hosted by: Taylor Junction
    For more information click HERE
    Come to the heart of downtown Joshua Tree for an evening with artist Obi Kaufmann – whose trail paintings offer an intimate portrait of California’s wildlife – and also learn about Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments on the eve of their one year anniversary.
    Representatives from the Mojave Desert Land Trust will give a short presentation on the monuments and have new Mojave Monuments Adventure Kits available for guests, filled with information about visiting the monuments, maps, guides, and other fun resources to make your desert adventure a safe but special one!
    In addition, thanks to the artist’s passion for wilderness advocacy, 10% of all the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Mojave Desert Land Trust as part of its 10 for 10 campaign. Enjoy an evening of art and nature, and support the local community – what better way to celebrate the desert?

    SAND TO SNOW MONUMENTAL CELEBRATION

    February 18 • Time TBD
    Whitewater Preserve • 9160 Whitewater Canyon Road • Whitewater
    Hosted by: The Wildlands Conservancy
    More information coming soon!
    Management representatives for Sand to Snow National Monument will give presentations and answer questions.
    There will be guided interpretive hikes, bird walks, a presentation about the Pacific Crest Trail by renowned local through-hiker Jaime Haney, as well as presentations about adventure hikes and backpacking in Sand to Snow, and naturalist led nature activities for children and families.

    PATAGONIA MOVIE SCREENING

    February 18 • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Mojave Desert Land Trust • 60124 Twentynine Palms Highway • Joshua Tree
    Hosted by: Mojave Desert Land Trust and Patagonia
    For more information contact: Jacqueline Guevara, jacqueline@mdlt.org, 760-366-5440 ext. 226
    Lights!  Camera!  Action!  Oscars season has us in a cinematic frame of mind, so we’re partnering with Patagonia for a movie night at Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT).  Come enjoy a Monumental Anniversary double-feature screening of MDLT’s Mojave Monuments video, and the renown outdoor clothing outfitter’s latest film, Unbroken Ground, a documentary about the central role our food choices will play in combating the changing climate creating a more sustainable environment.
    Representatives from Patagonia will be there with free snacks and other surprise treats.  They will have Patagonia-brand outdoor clothing both for sale and RAFFLE throughout the evening.  MDLT’s Conservation Director Frazier Haney will also be hosting one of his Mappy Hours prior to the film to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Mojave Monuments.
    Unbroken Ground explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. It explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans.  Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. . . . our food can and should be a part of the solution to the environmental crisis – grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife.  The film tells the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.”

    SAND TO SNOW VETERANS CORP PUBLIC SERVICE DAY

    March 4 • Time TBD
    Hosted by: Edison International, Conservation Lands Foundation, the California Conservation Corps, the Bureau of Land Management, and Mojave Desert Land Trust
    More information coming soon!
    Since 2012, Edison International has supported partnership among the California Conservation Corp (CCC), Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) team up, local non-profits, military veterans, and local communities to conduct multi-week, intensive stewardship and restoration projects on our beautiful protected public lands in the California Desert.
    This helps provide job opportunities for young military veterans who serve with the CCC repairing trails, protecting cultural sites, and restoring habitat. In turn, these CCC Veterans Conservation Corp members receive pay, wildfire training, professional mentoring by BLM staff, and work experience to pursue careers in natural resource management.
    This year, thanks again to Edison International’s support, the partnership will celebrate the one year anniversary of Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, and Castle Mountains national monuments with a three-week project at Black Lava Butte & Flat Top Mesa in Sand to Snow National Monument. The project will install new signs, repair trails and habitat, and ocean up trash  in this well-loved area so the public can have better opportunities to experience and enjoy YOUR Sand to Snow National Monument!
    The public is invited to come meet the Veterans Corp, volunteer, and learn more about the monuments on March 4th!

    POP-UP PHOTO EXHIBITION 

    March 18 • 6PM-9PM
    Hosted by: Division 9 Gallery, Hispanic Access Foundation
    3850 Lemon St., Riverside, CA 92501
    Immerse yourself in the beauty of our three national monuments by joining us at Division 9 Gallery. The show will be exhibiting the beautiful photography of Jack Thompson, David Lamfrom, Mark Lundquist, Frazier Haney and Mariana Maguire. Their work captures the essence of the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, and Castle Mountain National Monuments, ensuring that you will personally want to visit this magnificent wild lands, and the best part – they are just beyond our own backyard.

    MOJAVE TRAILS WWII PATTON CAMP HISTORIC TOUR AND SERVICE DAY

    March 18 • Time TBD
    Hosted by: The California Wilderness Coalition
    More information coming soon!

    SAND TO SNOW EQUESTRIAN DAY

    March 25 • 8:00am – 12:00pm
    Hondo Wash • 55200 Hondo Street • Yucca Valley
    Hosted by: Mojave Desert Land Trust
    For more information contact: Jacqueline Guevara, jacqueline@mdlt.org, 760-366-5440 ext. 226
    Mojave Desert Land Trust will host an equestrian trail ride for up to 10 riders, led by a seasoned “trail boss,” through the historic trails in the Black Lava Butte and Flat Top Mesa section of Sand to Snow National Monument.
    Riders should meet at Hondo Wash, beyond the end of Hondo Street in Yucca Valley.

    MOJAVE TRAILS MONUMENTAL CELEBRATION

    April 8 • Time TBD
    Amboy Crater Parking Lot and Trailhead • Amboy
    Hosted by: Mojave Desert Lands Trust, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council and the Bureau of Land Management
    For more information contact: Jacqueline Guevara, jacqueline@mdlt.org, 760-366-5440 ext. 226
    Come celebrate and learn about Mojave Trails National Monument, meet the San Gorgonio Girl Scouts, and chat with Bureau of Land Management staff at the Mojave Desert Land Trust spring Open House – Gather Around our (Dormant) Backyard Fire Pit – at Amboy Crater.  Activities will include crafts, expert lectures about volcano science, local ants, and other special critters endemic to the crater, cartography, and more.  Also, the Girl Scouts will be introducing their newest Mojave Monuments patch!
    Snacks will be provided and, of course, what backyard picnic . . . at an extinct cinder cone . . . celebrating the birthday of the monument . . . would be complete without CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE?!

    MOJAVE TRAILS ROUTE 66 FUN RUN

    April 22 • Time TBD
    Hosted by: Conservation Lands Foundation and California Wilderness Coalition, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management
    More information coming soon!

  • Latino Conservation Week

    *GET READY FOR LATINO CONSERVATION WEEK 2017!

    If you serve Latino communities in the California Desert and are interested in helping us plan and participate next summer, please email mariana@conservationlands.org with the subject line “LCW 2017.” 


    Latino Conservation Week Website


    2016 LATINO CONSERVATION WEEK: CALIFORNIA DESERT EVENTS

    Latino Conservation Week

  • FAQs

    Q: What is a national monument?

    A: A national monument is a designation given to an area of federal public land that contains unique scientific, cultural, natural and historical features, to protect it for future generations. National monuments contain important features and resources, and each is designed to protect the unique values of the area while allowing other compatible uses, such as outdoor recreation and ranching, to continue.

    Q: How is a national monument created?

    A: A national monument can be established by either the president or Congress and can be managed by one of the following agencies: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S Forest Service, National Park Service, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This designation only applies to lands managed by the federal government and does not apply to private, state, county, city, or other local lands inside its boundary. It also does not affect rights held by water agencies, tribes, sanitation districts and other land management agencies.

    Since 1906, both Republican and Democratic presidents have used their authority to designate more than 100 national monuments including many of our most beloved public lands in California.

    Q: How will the new national monuments benefit the land and people?

    A: The designation of the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains as national monuments will:

    • Safeguard the natural, historic, recreational and scenic features in some of the most spectacular landscapes in the California desert from industrial development;
    • Ensure that these public lands remain open to traditional uses, outdoor recreation, hunting, and grazing;
    • Provide opportunities for ongoing community involvement in the management planning process;
    • Bring more prominent awareness and visitation, promoting tourism and economic opportunity in the surrounding communities.

    Protecting public lands in the California desert has already brought noteworthy economic benefits to the region. Visitors to Death Valley and Joshua National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve contributed $165 million to the region’s economy in 2013, supporting nearly 2,000 jobs.  Home values are demonstrably higher near National Monuments than similar homes without nearby protected public lands.  Work is beginning now with local Chambers of Commerce and cities to help promote the new national monuments to benefit the tourism economy in those areas.

    Q: Was there local input in the effort to establish these national monuments?

    A: Yes. The national monument proposals came in response to nearly a decade of work by local leaders on legislative efforts to protect the California desert. The permanent protection of these special places is supported by elected officials, business owners, veterans, local faith leaders, anglers, historians, conservationists and others.

    Q: Will community members have a say in how the national monuments are managed?

    A: Yes. The public scoping and planning process is beginning in summer 2016.  The community will be invited to participate in “pre-planning” before the formal process under federal guidelines has begun to help the agencies better understand the communities interests as early as possible.   When the formal planning process begins, public input is required as the agencies like BLM create a draft of the management plans.

    National monuments in the California desert will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as part of the National Conservation Lands. As part of this system of protected lands, monuments are managed for multiple uses, including outdoor recreation and conservation of natural, cultural, historical, and archeological resources. In addition, traditional rights, current and valid grazing and mining interests, and rights-of-way will be honored.

    Q: Do the national monument designations impact private property?

    A: No. A national monument designation does NOT impact state, local, or private property rights or boundaries. Landowners can continue to access and enjoy the use of their property the same as before the designation. Additionally, this designation does not apply extra regulatory or land use authority over existing state agencies or local governments.

    Q: Will the national monument designations impact law enforcement, fire fighting, utilities, water rights, or grazing?

    A: No. Law enforcement authority, jurisdiction, and responsibility will not change. Fire fighting authority, jurisdiction, and responsibility will not change. Existing utility rights-of-way will be maintained. Existing water rights will be maintained. Existing grazing rights and permits will be maintained.

    Q: What will happen to existing uses of the lands in the national monuments?
    A: Existing recreational uses such as hunting, camping and other activities will typically continue if the areas are designated as national monuments. A comprehensive management plan will be drafted in which the public will have significant input beginning in summer of 2016. The point of the designation is to protect access and the special features of these areas as well as keep them free of industrial development and open to the public.

    Q: Do the national monument designations create a user fee?

    A: No. Simply designating a national monument does not automatically create user fees, regardless of how it is designated. Land managers make this determination while developing the resource management plan for a national monument.

    Q: Will this limit the number of visitors allowed in the monuments on a daily basis?

    A: No. the national monument designations will not create a cap on the number of visitors allowed in the area.

    Q: Does the monument designation have any impact on additional development near the proposed national monuments?

    A: No. The national monument designations will not affect development rights or local zoning on nonfederal lands. Additionally, the designations will not impact management of federal lands outside of the monuments themselves.

  • Downloadable Handouts & Factsheets
  • Desert Centennial Celebrations

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    Press Release
    Article: Desert communities celebrate
    Article: Discover family connections
    Article: Anniversary celebrations
    Article: Involving Latino youth in preserving desert lands
    Blog: Centennial celebration in Afton Canyon
    Article: MDLT honors centennial

    MOJAVE TRAILS NATIONAL MONUMENT: OLD SPANISH TRAIL DAY

    Saturday, October 1 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Rd., Barstow, CA 92311

    Open to the public.

    Contact: Jane Laraman-Brockhurst, Desert Discover Center – (760) 252-6060 – Jane@DesertDiscoveryCenter.com

    Discover the spirit and adventure of the Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail, America’s first overland trading route between New Mexico and Los Angeles. Learn about the lives of famous travelers like Kit Carson, Antonio Armijo, Chief Walkara, and John C. Fremont; how they survived the trail’s daunting rivers, canyons, deserts and mountains.

    Attendees will experience an 1800’s Living history encampment, mule packing & weaponry demonstrations, history presentations, Navajo Churro Sheep enclosure, and even desert animals. The day’s entertainment will include a Mariachi band, bluegrass music, folkloric dance, kids art projects, quick draw prizes & more, as well as Viola Basulto’s famous Cocina de Movida homemade New Mexican cooking.

    Also take part in the Old Spanish Trail “Fun-Run” along the Desert Discovery Center Trail, sponsored by the Barstow Fire Dept.

    Sponsored by the Desert Discovery Center Partnership, Rose Foundation & Old Spanish Trails Association Mojave River Chapter.


    SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT: BIG MORONGO BIRDING

    Sunday, October 2 – 8:00 am -10:00 am

    Big Morongo Canyon Preserve parking lot – 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley, CA

    Attendance limited, please RSVP. FREE admission.

    Contact: Seth Shteir, National Parks Conservation Association – 760-332-9776

    Join lifelong bird nerd Seth Shteir to learn about the ecological importance of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. The Preserve is one of the ten largest willow and cottonwood riparian areas in the state, and an internationally recognized bird watching destination. The Canyon is an important pit stop for migrating birds seeking food, water and shelter, and an excellent habitat for resident species as well.

    Attendees will learn the basics of bird ecology, identification and conservation on this easy walk. Find out why birds are important in our ecosystems and to humans. Binoculars will be provided!


    MOJAVE TRAILS NATIONAL MONUMENT: AFTON CANYON CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, CAMPOUT & STEWARDSHIP PROJECT

    Saturday & Sunday, October 8-9, beginning at 10:00 am

    Attendance limited, please RSVP. FREE admission.

    Contact: Tanya Henderson, Amargosa Conservancy – (760) 852-4339 – tanya@amargosaconservancy.org

    Afton Canyon is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon” of the Mojave Desert.  The use of off-road vehicles, cattle grazing and the introduction of non-native plants to the canyon led its designation as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern in 1980. Through 12 years of restoration efforts, including the planting of over 10,000 native trees, the Mojave River’s condition improved and migratory birds returned to the canyon. Today, over 180 species of birds have been spotted in Afton Canyon.

    Amargosa Conservancy will host a group of 20 guests from Nuevo Comienzo Church to camp in the canyon, conduct bird surveys and map invasive tamarisk. Additional volunteers welcome; however, INTERESTED ATTENDEES MUST RSVP.


    MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE & CASTLE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT: CENTENNIAL FULL MOON CAMPOUT

    Saturday & Sunday, October 15-16

    Program Contact: Monica Mahoney, Director of Education and Public Engagement, Mojave Desert Land Trust  – (760) 366-5440 – monica@mdlt.org

    Press Contact: Shauna Tucker, Creative Services & Media Advisor, Mojave Desert Land Trust – (760) 366-5440 – shauna@mdlt.org

    Attendees will enjoy an overnight tour of significant cultural and biological treasures within the Mojave National Preserve and the Castle Mountains National Monument. The program celebrates the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial by gathering community leaders and members together for a journey to some of the most remote, newest and perhaps least understood NPS lands in the California Desert. 

    Attendees will also learn about and celebrate the new California Desert National Monuments and MDLT’s role in achieving these protections. They will visit a Native American cultural site, enjoy a full moon interpretive program, and hike at the base of the newly protected Castle Mountains.

    Sponsored by Mojave Desert Land Trust. Partners include the National Parks Service, the National Parks Conservation Association, Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association, the Native American Lands Conservancy, Hispanic Access Foundation and local community members.


    JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: 100TH BIRTHDAY BACKPACKING

    Noon on Saturday, October 15 – Noon on Sunday, October 16

    Joshua Tree National Park

    Attendance limited, please RSVP. FREE admission.

    Contact: Seth Shteir, National Parks Conservation Association – 760-332-9776

    There’s no better way to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service than to pack your tent into the Joshua Tree National Park wilderness. Attendees will learn backpacking basics like safety and logistical planning, as well as the history, culture and nature that is so abundant in Joshua Tree National Park.

    Campers will hike between 3 and 5 miles each day over rough terrain with a heavy pack (approximately 30 pounds) and camp beneath the star-studded, pristine night skies away from civilization. Along the way they may spot wildlife, interesting desert plants and geologic formations. Participants will also learn about federally-designated wilderness and what they can do to protect the national parks for the next 100 years. The majority of equipment for this trip has been donated by an outdoor retailer.


    JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: 2016 NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL

    Friday-Sunday, October 28-30

    Open to the public. Park entrance fees apply.

    Schedule of Events

    The National Park Service, steward of Joshua Tree National Park and over 400 other park sites around the country, celebrated its 100th birthday in August, 2016. At Joshua Tree, we will continue our celebration of the NPS Centennial in October by bringing together astronomers, scientists, night-sky enthusiasts, artists, junior rangers, and members of nearby communities to celebrate the night skies of Joshua Tree National Park. This event is free of charge. Park entrance fees apply.

    Bring a red light to events at night. No white lights. Find out more about what to bring.

    Before arriving please read night sky viewing etiquette and advice.

    Learn more about why the National Park Service cares about protecting dark night skies.


    SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT: HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION AND ADVOCACY TRAINING AT WHITEWATER PRESERVE

    Saturday, October 29

    Whitewater Preserve, 9160 Whitewater Canyon Rd., Whitewater, CA 92282

    Attendance by invitation only.

    Contact: Jack Thompson, The Wildlands Conservancy – (760) 325-7222 – jack.t@twc-ca.org

    The Wildlands Conservancy invites Hispanic community leaders from various organizations for dinner and a tour of the Whitewater Preserve to learn about access problems facing the Latino community in Sand to Snow National Monument. This event will help educate and empower Latino community leaders to develop and advocate for equitable solutions.

    The discussion will focus on current management policies in Whitewater Canyon (outside the Preserve) that disadvantage the Latino community, and how Latino leaders can educate and activate their communities to push for improved access.


    JOSHUA TREE WORKSHOP

    Saturday, November 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm & Sunday, November 5, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Black Rock Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd, Yucca Valley, CA

    Attendance is limited, please RSVP. FREE admission.

    Contact: Kevin Wong, Program Coordinator, Desert Institute – (760) 267-5535

    This two-day workshop will explore the natural history of Joshua trees and their plant communities. The workshop will train attendees to conduct community science fieldwork on research being conducted within Joshua Tree National Park. Speakers will include Cameron Barrows, Chris Smith, Todd Esque and others.

    The workshop and community science fieldwork will directly contribute to data on existing Joshua tree sites, their health, their age, associated plant communities and migration trends. Participants will leave with newfound knowledge of these unique species and understanding of the intricate fragility of desert ecosystems.

    Attendance is free but limited. Online Registration is required at JT Workshop Registration.

    Sponsored by the Desert Institute, California Native Plant Society, Joshua Tree Genome Project, UC Riverside Center for Conservation Biology, UC Riverside Sweeney Granite Mountains Research Center, USGS Western Ecological Research Center and Joshua Tree National Park.


    MOJAVE PRESERVE: STAR PARTY

    Saturday, November 5

    Open to the public. FREE admission.

    Contact: David Lamfrom – (760) 957-7887 – dlamfrom@npca.org

    The Mojave Star Party is a signature Mojave desert event that has taken place two times per year continuously since 2008. The event has developed a following due to the incredibly dark night skies found in the Eastern Mojave National Preserve, the excellent night sky education provided by the Pasadena Olde Town Astronomers, and the gigantic telescopes (some homemade) that the astronomers bring to the event for the public to use.

    The Star Party offers free camping at the Black Canyon Group camp, and dinner is potluck. To celebrate the centennial of the national park service, the event will feature snacks, drinks, hikes the following day led by the Superintendent of the Mojave National Preserve, and interpretation by the National Park Service. This event draws a broad array of desert-lovers including scientists, national park service employees, community-leaders, media, students, and diverse community members.

    Sponsored by the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. Further information is available on the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy’s website and facebook page. *Please follow the facebook event page for updates on weather conditions, education about the night sky, and to RSVP.

THINGS TO DO

AUG 19: Our City, Our Desert

OUR CITY, OUR DESERT August 19th 1PM-4PM Hosted by: San Bernardino County Museum, Inland Empire WaterKeeper, Mojave Desert Land Trust, CalWild, COFEM 2024...

MAR. 18: Monumental Anniversary – Pop-up Photo Exhibition

POP-UP PHOTO EXHIBITION March 18th 6PM-9PM Hosted by: Division 9 Gallery, Hispanic Access Foundation 3850 Lemon St., Riverside, CA 92501 Immerse yourself...

APR. 8: Monumental Anniversary- Mojave Trails Monumental Celebration

MOJAVE TRAILS MONUMENTAL CELEBRATION April 8 • Time TBD Amboy Crater Parking Lot and Trailhead • Amboy Hosted by: Mojave Desert...

MAR. 25: Monumental Anniversary- Sand to Snow Equestrian Day

SAND TO SNOW EQUESTRIAN DAY March 25 • 8:00am – 12:00pm Hondo Wash • 55200 Hondo Street • Yucca Valley Hosted...

MAR. 18: Monumental Anniversary- Mojave Trails WWII Patton Camp Historic Tour and Service Day

MOJAVE TRAILS WWII PATTON CAMP HISTORIC TOUR AND SERVICE DAY March 18 • Time TBD Hosted by: The California Wilderness Coalition...

MAR. 4: Monumental Anniversary- Sand to Snow Veterans Corp Public Service Day

SAND TO SNOW VETERANS CORP PUBLIC SERVICE DAY March 4 • Time TBD Hosted by: Edison International, Conservation Lands Foundation, the...