The Hi-Desert Nature Museum in its original building with founder Evelyn Conklin showing parts of the collection in 1964.
Dear Friend of the Museum,
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1964 by Evelyn Conklin, Percy F. Conklin, Camilla Hudson, and then Park Director, Jerry Moore. The museum was created as a part of the Yucca Valley Recreation and Parks District. The museum started in an 800 square foot building in what is now Jacobs Park. 

MBHS presents
Join Morongo Basin Historical Society for "Jack Rabbit Homesteads, the Small Tract Act of 1938" with author, educator, artist and photographer Kim Stringfellow.  Stringfellow has studied and photographed Morongo Basin 5 acre homesteads, tracking the history and impact they have on our Hi-Desert landscape.  Afterwards she will sign her book "Jack Rabbit Homesteads." 
Join us at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum 
January 8 from 5:30 -6:30 p.m. Donation $5.00

Winter Lecture - Meteorites
Stephenie Slahor

Lecture and book signing!
Fresh off the press, Dr. Stephenie Slahor's book on meteors will be available at the lecture. 
They come to Earth from other reaches of our Solar System. They are meteorites and they have been puzzling and fascinating Earthlings for centuries. In this lecture you'll hear facts about their origins and characteristics, but you'll also learn some of the many interesting stories about meteors and meteorites. 
Join us on January 9 at noon
Free Admission and coffee will be served
Science Saturdays

Rocks and Minerals
January 11, 11 a.m.
Rocks and minerals may seem like simple everyday items to some people since they appear in such abundance. However, they can be extremely complex due to their specific qualities. Did you know some rocks and minerals can cut glass or glow under UV light? This is a great Science Saturday for aspiring rock hounds.

The Brain
January 25,  11 a.m. 
With technology continually on the rise, computers have become especially popular in our world. Interestingly, the most powerful "computer" in the world lies right inside our bodies! During this Science Saturday children will learn about the structure of the brain, its storage capacity that we like to call the memory, and a few fun brainy facts.


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 biology, earth science and chemistry. All programs will be facilitated by our Museum Educator. It is recommended that children be of school age for this program.


Time: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: FREE!

No pre-registration required


"Reduce Reuse Recycle"
& "Wild Creatures of the Desert"
January 25 - April  26, 

OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, January 24, 5:00-7:00 PM


Learn More...

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 through 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  

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