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Hi-Desert Nature Museum
Considering Traditional Native Plant Use: Integration into our Modern Lives
February 19th at noon

Leslie Mouriquand M.A, RPA  will discuss the cultural history of traditional plant use by the Cahuilla people, and anthropological theory when considering traditional uses of plants as medicines, foods, and for ceremony.  The focus will be on mesquite, pinyon pine, and chia and she will have samples for tasting along with recipes.

As part of a group known as the Chia Café, Leslie participates in giving demonstrations, talks, and the gathering of native plants for educational purposes and tastings. She enjoys creating recipes using native foods for the modern kitchen and sharing what she learns with others. What she loves to do the most is work with the plants and create yummy foods, healing salves and balms, and pinyon sap soap!

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.

Kid EdVentures
Saturday, February 21,  10 a.m.
Saturday, February 21 - 10:00 a.m. - Noon In this month's session, children will be introduced to what it takes to be a cook. There is no cost for this educational experience.Cooking has been an essential part of human living for a very long time. In this program we will cook a vegetarian dish with lots of fresh vegetables and serve lunch to the parents.
Be advised, children have to be six years or older and healthy to participate in this program. Please bring your own apron.
This class will be limited to ten participants. Sign up in person at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum or call us at 760-369-7212 and leave a message with your information by February 19.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Desert Moods
Art Show
As part of our Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 18, 2015, the 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. More info here.
We are presenting "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," an exhibition of artwork contributed by local artists made from recycled or reused materials.  This exhibit is designed to make people rethink our throw-away society by sharing the local community's innovative and often surprising use of discarded items.  In conjunction with this exhibit, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council will be displaying artwork from their "Desert Moods" show.
Both exhibits will be on display from March 5 to April 25, 2015 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 6 from 5 to 7pm.

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 

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