thank you

Newsletter of
the Hi-Desert
Nature Museum
We want to thank everybody who made the Hi-Desert Nature Museum's fundraiser such a big success. Kim's Fabric Outlet, momTech, and Mom's Homemade Shipping were such gracious hosts, organizing gifted vendors, fun music, great activities for kids, and good food. Thank you to all the vendors who donated prizes and profits, the John Linn Band and all of you who came to participate and make fundraising a lot of fun!
mike smiley Mike Smiley
Oct. 6, 1952 - May 10, 2013

Mike, a former board member of the Museum Association, was a huge part of the Hi-Desert Nature Museum community. As a rock-hound, he donated his time to aid with the museum's rock and mineral collection and volunteered to teach children about rocks and minerals. His artwork was presented in countless exhibits and his jewelry was available in the Gecko Gift-Shop. He attended almost every art reception and came by frequently just to check up on the staff and give out hugs and encouragement.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

6 of Separation
San Francisco Earthquakes


 Bob Serrano

a Historian, Conservationist, Educator and Storyteller...a Storyteller who paints will give this lecture on San Francisco Earthquakes.  

Raised in San Francisco, has been influenced by history, the sea, cultural diversity, a life long sense of wonder and a creative sense of the moment. Bob's painting are exclamations rather than reflections, images of time, place, details seen, unseen, and the stuff of memory and imagination...which, because of their authentic detail, serve as a historical retrospective of our times.

"I borrow images from time, places and spaces no longer occupied, yet well remembered."


Wednesday, June 12, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
$5 donation to the MBHS at the door; Arrive early to reserve your seat.



Progression of an Artist


michael's cactus  


Local artist, "Michael" presents his debut exhibition, a series of acrylics on canvas and mixed media. He illustrates various concepts of form and texture found in the natural environment such as: an ammonite fossil bed, the primal aggression of an archeopteryx, mysterious desert vistas, the allure of a tropical sunset, and a crystal moon with sparkling crystal trees.


Meet the Artist and Opening Reception: Friday June 14, 5-7 p.m.  

Refreshments will be served.




Lynne Richardson 
Museum Supervisor

Lynne has decided to accept the early retirement the Town of Yucca Valley offered and will be leaving the museum at the end of May. In her eight years as the Museum's supervisor she has made this museum a great place to visit and to work.  Family Fun Days, Belly Dance Classes,  some amazing exhibits, and the Tortoise Tales newsletter are just a few of her many accomplishments.

Janine Cleveland
Museum Assistant

Janine retired this April after almost 20 years of dedication to the museum and its customers. She was the gift-shop manager and the queen of the weekend. She greeted everybody with a happy smile and sent them on their way with a cheerful "Have a Happy High Desert Day!"

Jim Schooler
Jim Schooler
Community Services Director 

Jim Schooler has decided to retire after 21 years of service for the Town of Yucca Valley. He has been the museum's advocate in many Town Council meetings and always gave his full support to the museum and all of its programs. We thank him for all he has done for the department and the community at large.



Join us for days of discovery during Science Saturdays!  These programs will ignite your children's curiosity by presenting information and performing experiments relating to biological and physical sciences.  All programs will be facilitated by our Museum Educator.  It is recommended that children be of school age for this program.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m

FREE and no pre-registration required

June 15: Trees                                July 13: Optical Illusions
July 27: Genetics & Fingerprints     August 17: Electricity

Watch the X in the middle very closely. You should start to see a green dot that rotates around the circle - this dot is an illusion; then you should
see the purple dots disappear.... but they haven't really gone. It is an after image effect, sometimes called a 'negative retinal afterimage' - move your head slightly, and the dots will reappear... amazing or what?

Art and Culture Wednesdays at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum provide unique opportunities for kids to explore other countries through hands-on activities led experienced staff.

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. culture

Cost: $2 per student

Materials and Instructor fee

No pre-registration required, pay at the door

June 26     France
July 10      Sweden
July 24      Greece
August 7    Colombia