Hi-Desert Nature Museum - Tortoise Tales
MBHS presents

History of Gold Mining in the Dale District

Historians and miners Jim Wharff and Tom Koch will
 talk about gold mining in California from 1848 to present. They'll bring old mining equipment and artifacts to show the various methods used by prospectors.  In 1898 during its heyday there were as many as 3,000 miners in the Dale District which is located 15 miles southeast of Twentynine Palms. Join us for this fascinating look at the rush for gold.



5:30 PM Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hi-Desert Nature Museum

57116 29 Palms Highway

Yucca Valley

Suggested $5 donation 

MBHS presents
Kennedy Project  

Where were you on November 22, 1963?

Morongo Basin Historical Society is presenting the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Project at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on Wednesday November 20 from 5:30 to 6:30.


We are looking for residents of the Morongo Basin who were residing in the greater Morongo Basin area at the time of the assassination.  We want to know how you heard the news and how people here reacted.   Come and share stories, memorabilia, and your feelings about the day 50 years ago when John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas.


Call Laurie at 760-363-6681 to participate in this project or just come and listen to stories of this historic moment in time.


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Local residents are invited to contribute artwork made from recycled and reused materials for display in the Hi-Desert Nature Museum's "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" art exhibition.  Paintings, sculpture, mixed media creations, photographs of recycled products, or any other art-related objects can be loaned to the museum for display in the exhibition.  Individual and group projects are welcome and children are highly encouraged to participate.  Guidelines for the submission of artwork are available at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum during operating hours or on the museum's web site  www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org. 

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Adult Craft Program

Wednesday, December 11, 1 - 4 p.m.      $5/person

Take some time out of your hectic holiday schedule and enjoy an afternoon, making crafts for friends and family while you sip a relaxing cup of tea.


Kids Craft Program

Saturday, December 14, 11 a.m. - Noon      $ 2/child

Join us for craft fun!  Make a holiday-themed craft to keep or to give as a gift.


Materials provided, but space is limited. 

Pre-registration is required for both craft programs.

Please call (760) 369-7212 or register online at www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org


Science Saturday - Density
November  23, 11-11:30 a.m.
Density Experiment
Density is defined as mass per unit volume but that can be hard to envision, especially when it includes tough concepts like polarity and solubility. During this Science Saturday Museum Educator Crystal Mason will conduct multiple experiments that demonstrate density using daily household items. 

It is recommended that children be of school age for this program.
Free! No pre-registration required
Visit the Museum
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex 
at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway.  
The museum is open Thursday - Saturday,10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
 Admission is free; donations support the educational mission of the museum. 
 The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is operated by the Town of Yucca Valley.
For more information on our programs and events contact the museum at (760) 369-7212 
or visit our website at www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org.
To view a full schedule of Yucca Valley events, sports programs and recreation classes visit the Town's website at www.yucca-valley.org