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.

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

This event is featured as part of a series of California Desert Centennial Celebrations, honoring 100 years of the National Park Service, and raising awareness for the next 100 years of all of our public lands. For more events visit