Yucca Valley High School Art Show

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will present the Yucca Valley High School Art Show from May 1 through May 24, 2014.  This annual exhibition highlights the finest work of some of this community's rising talent from Yucca Valley High School.  The display consists of paintings and drawings covering a large variety of compelling subjects and artistic styles.  

An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 2 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., which is free to the public.


Hatching the Past
This year the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is celebrating its 50th
anniversary.  In the course of the festivities the museum will show its first rental exhibit since 2009. "Hatching the Past" takes a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. "Hatching the Past" blends the arts and sciences with an astounding array of dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe, including those of each major plant and meat-eating dinosaur group.The exhibit will be on display from May 30th through September 22nd.



Thank You
everybody for making Earth Day such a great event!
It was a joy to have all the vendors and community groups present and the amazing music and food!
The weather was perfect and all the visitors participating  just made a perfect day.
The Hi-Desert Star published a lot of pictures of the event.
Click here to see them.
Tortoise Tales - May 2014
Master Composter Class

Saturday, May 3  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Yucca Valley Community Center - Cholla Room 

The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grass-cycling, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or composting@urecycle.org for more information or to RSVP.

MBHS presents

"The Life and Times of Archaeologist Mark Harrington"

by John Hale Ph.D.,

May 14th at 5:30 p.m.
Donation is $5.00 * Come Early Seating is Limited!

John Hale, Ph.D. from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in 29 Palms will discuss the discoveries and contributions of archaeologist Mark Harrington, who worked during the early decades of the 20th Century in the Southwest and California. Harrington discovered the Gypsum Culture as well as excavated at Nevada's Lost City and uncovered intact duck decoys at Lovelock Cave in Humboldt County, Nevada.

Please join us for this fascinating look at an early "Indiana Jones".


For more MBHS events click here. 

Science Saturdays 

May 10 


Uncover the mysteries of the atmosphere and its phenomena, including how we forecast the weather.

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.



May 24 


Bacteria are all around us, in the air, the water, the soil, and the bodies of plants and animals. This idea may frighten various individuals because when a person generally thinks of bacteria, they imagine disease. While it is true that assorted forms of bacteria are harmful and can produce illness, some bacteria are helpful to humans. These bacteria are so helpful that without them, humans would not be able to live. Join Museum Educator Crystal Mason as she explains helpful and harmful bacteria with the aid of photo-micrographs.

  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


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 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