Tortoise Tales from Hi-Desert Nature Museum
Children Crafts

Saturday, December 14,

 11 a.m. - Noon



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 required.

Please call (760) 369-7212

 or register online



Christmas Tea

Wednesday, December 11, 1 - 4 p.m.



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.


Materials provided, 

but space is limited. 

Pre-registration required.

Please call (760) 369-7212

 or register online



Lisa Starr
MBHS presents
Drum Making 

Wednesday, December 11, 5:30 p.m.

$5 donation at the door

Lisa Starr, drum maker, talks about Drum Making and Drum Medicine throughout the richness of ceremony.

The Morongo Basin Historical Society"s program of community interest presented at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. 


Please join us - membership not required.


Christmas Girl
Tree Lighting Ceremony and
Santa Visits

Santa's tour is held in conjunction with the Town's annual tree lighting ceremony, where there will be music, hot cocoa, cider, and cookies. Bring your camera for that special picture with Santa, and your singing voice (hummers welcome too!) and be ready to get into the holiday spirit!


 Saturday, December 7

Santa's Tour: 

Jacobs Park, 4:00 p.m.

 Paradise Park, 4:30 p.m.

Tree Lighting 5:30 p.m.

at Town Hall



Craft Fair
Holiday Craft Fair

Ready to tackle your holiday shopping?  Here is a great way to pick up those unique gifts for that "hard to buy for" person. Over 50 vendors will be displaying a variety of quality, handcrafted items for your browsing enjoyment!


Saturday, December 7    9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

FREE Admission! Community Center




Holiday Concert

The Town of Yucca Valley and the Hi-Desert Chorus presents a holiday

concert entitled "Sounds of the Season", directed by Bill Barrett and accompanied

by Clyde Grabski. Donations to the Hi-Desert Chorus are welcome.



 Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Community Center

 Yucca Room










As part of our Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20, 2013 the local community is invited to contribute artwork made from recycled or reused materials for display in our "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" 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 particularly encouraged to participate.

click here for more information 


Winter Facts

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was -128 degrees Celsius, in Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983.
  • The shape of each snowflake is determined by temperature, wind, the amount of time it takes to fall to the ground, and the amount of water vapor in the air.
  • The Winter of 1779 - 1780 was so cold that ice was piled 20 feet high along the Delmarva Coast and stayed there until spring. The upper portion of the Chesapeake Bay and the entire Potomac River was frozen solid, allowing people to walk from Annapolis to Kent Island and from Alexandria in to D.C.
  • People with chionophobia are simply said to have a fear of snow.
  • Poinsettias were first introduced into this country in 1828 by the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett. Poinsettias are now grown in all 50 states and represent over 85 percent of potted plant sales during the holidays. Over $220 million worth of poinsettias are sold during holiday season!
  • Now more than 25,000 bulbs are strung on the Rockefeller Center tree - that's more than 5 miles of lights!
  • The first Christmas card, created by a London businessman, was printed in England in 1843. Three years later, the first commercial Christmas cards were available to the public. One thousand cards in all were produced and they were an instant success.
  • In 1939, an advertising employee at the department store Montgomery Ward wrote the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for a store promotion. That year the store gave away 2.4 million copies of the story.
  • Christmas was declared a national holiday in 1870.
  • Kwanzaa is a seven day celebration of family, culture and heritage that begun in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University. Celebrated from December 26th to January 1st, Kwanzaa is modeled after the first harvest celebrations in Africa. The holiday ends with a large feast on the final evening called Karamu.
  • With over 2000 languages spoken on the African continent, Kwanzaa adopted one of the many unifying languages, Swahili, which is spoken by millions on the African continent. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits."
  • Potato pancakes are a Hanukkah favorite. In Yiddish they are called latkes.
  • In Hebrew the word Hanukkah means dedication.


The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is located in the Yucca Valley Community 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 


To view a full schedule of Yucca Valley events, sports programs and recreation classes visit the Town's website at


Christmas Twitter The Hi-Desert Nature Museum and Town of Yucca Valley offices will be closed from  Tuesday December 24th through Wednesday January 1st. We will reopen Thursday January 2nd.
We wish you 
Happy Holidays