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

ANNIVERSARY EVE 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, Mariana Maguire and Frazier Haney. 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!