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August 28 

Art theft is a major category of international crime resulting in billions of dollars worth of losses every year.  Lynne Richardson spent eight years at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, as their Art Theft Program Manager and worked with Special Agents to create the FBI's first rapid deployment Art Crime Team.  During this fun and fascinating lecture Lynne will take you into the world of international art theft and share true crime stories from FBI case files.

 Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series once a month.  Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is  $ 5 - Free for Members -  beverages will be served.


MBHS presents
September 10
Local Legend Bill Keys 1879 - 1969
presented by Laureen Lentz, retired Joshua Tree National Park interpreter at the Desert Queen Ranch.

The Morongo Basin Historical Society"s program of community interest presented at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on the 2nd Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us - membership not required.

$5 donation at the door


Science Saturday
August 23
scared tortoise
Have you ever experienced acrophobia? If you have a fear of heights then you certainly have.  Join Crystal Mason, Museum Educator, as she explains the concept of fear for this fright filled Science Saturday.   She will describe the biological reaction in the brain that causes fear, how an individual can be conditioned to feel fear and how you can fight your fears.  She will also describe some of the most common fears and some of the odder  fears like xanthophobia.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m

FREE and no pre-registration required



 "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  through September 22nd.

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 


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