Happy Halloween from Hi-Desert Nature Museum
The History of the Civil War Through Its Artifacts
October 2nd

"The History of the Civil War Through Its Artifacts" is a hands-on display of hundreds of authentic relics from the 1860s with descriptions of each and a power point presentation that describes how they impacted/reflected the conflict between the states.  Originally presented to Phi Alpha Theta (the National Honorary Historical Fraternity) in 1983, the display has grown over the years and been presented to Civil War Roundtables, multiple colleges/universities, local high/middle schools and more recently the National Social Studies Association.  Participants may handle photos (tintypes and daguerreotypes), documents, newspapers, money, bullets, shrapnel, weapons, equipment and even games that tell the triumphs and tragedies of the war.


Christopher H. Hunt, BA, MA, MA, EdD University of Redlands

Christopher L. Hunt, BA, MA.  Redlands Unified School District

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.


  "Art Tours Collective Show" Exhibition and Reception

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is pleased to partner with the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council to host the "Art Tours Collective Show."  This dynamic exhibition features the artwork of many artists participating in the Open Studio Tours being held October 25-26 and November 1- 2.  The Hwy 62 Art Tours encompasses all the arts of the Morongo Basin during the two weekend celebration showcasing music, performance and honoring the best in visual arts.  The Open Studio Tours allows the visitor to experience working studios and purchase original art directly from the artists. The exhibition will be on view through November 29th at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

An exhibit reception will be held on Friday,

October 3rd, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Photograph Preservation Workshop
October 29th - Register Now!
To register click here


MBHS presents

"The Life and Times of Archaeologist Mark Harrington" with John Hale Ph.D.

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.  

Click here for more information.

Kid EdVentures - Be A Sculptor
October 18th     10:30-11:30 a.m. 

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is kicking off a brand new education program this September! Join us for Kid EdVentures, an hour long program that gets kids immersed in different fields through hands-on activities just like the professionals.
Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining materials. Materials may be worked by removal such as carving; or they may be assembled such as by gluing, or hardened such as by firing.
Sculptors work in the movie industry, for the police, in museums, and much more.
In this class you will learn the basics and take home a creature you designed.

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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