Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Desert Moods Exhibit

-----Opening Reception----
Friday, March 6, 5 - 7 p.m.
Enjoy refreshments and original melodic guitar music by Mark Wheeler.This event is free to the public.

Enjoy the new temporary exhibition, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," a showcase of artwork contributed by local artists made from recycled or reused materials.   This exhibition 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 the exhibition, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council will display artwork from their "Desert Moods" show.  Both exhibitions will be on display March 5 through April 25, 2015.

Wizard by Rick Livingston
Workshop - Identifying Native Plants - March 11

How do we learn the names of all those wildflowers growing in our yards and alongside the road? Anyone can do it; they just have to know what to look for and how to look for it. If you're tired of calling everything a daisy or a bluebell or a popcorn flower, this workshop will not only help you get to the right names, it will also give you a new appreciation for how many different species of plants we actually have here. Bring in some of your favorite weeds. Tools and materials provided at the workshop. Join Mark Wheeler at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum for a hands-on introduction to native wildflower identification.
Wednesday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Price: $5 (free for museum members/sponsors)
MBHS presents - Meet Your Neighbor - March 11
Stephenie  Sl ahor, Ph.D  will explore Nevada's  150 year history, cultural roots, archaeology, its geologic features,  flora/fauna and its colorful citizens.   Nevada is not just the bright lights of Las Vegas but is home to Great Basin National Park, a jewel in the park system, as well as many interesting state parks. Dr. Slahor will also talk about the popular tourist destination known as Area 51.
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
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Brown Bag Lunch Lecture  --  Better Know A Butterfly
March 19th at 12 p.m.
with Joe Zarky

This lecture will give an introduction to butterflies and include information on butterfly life history, how to recognize the basic groups of butterflies, and how to tell a butterfly from a moth. This lecture will show some of our more common local species and give an introduction to desert plants that are important butterflies and  information on butterfly gardening.

Joe Zarki worked for 39 years as a ranger in some of America's most treasured parks. He spent more than 25 years living and working in the California desert at Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. He retired from Joshua Tree in 2013 after 19 years as the park's Chief of Interpretation and Education. Joe and his wife Marilyn coordinate two local butterfly counts at Joshua Tree National Park for the North American Butterfly Association. Marilyn is also a regional editor for the North American Butterfly Association's 4th of July Butterfly Count program. They have been active in field butterfly studies for 30 years.


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/Sponsors -  beverages will be served.

Kid EdVentures - Be a Gardener
Saturday, March 21 - 10 a.m. to noon
In this program the children will be introduced to the very basics of vegetable and herb gardening.  The future gardeners will learn about compost and which plants can easily be grown in containers.  Everybody will be able to take their very own garden.
Make sure you are wearing clothes that can get a bit dirty. If you have some old glass Mason Jars or pre-used flower pots at home please bring a few to the program.
Participants must be at least six years old.  Call the museum at (760) 369-7212 by Thursday, March 19 to reserve your child's spot. There is no cost for this educational experience. However, this class will be limited to fifteen participants.
On February 17, 2015 the Yucca Valley Town Council approved the Hi-Desert Nature Museum's 2014-16 Strategic Plan.
One objective in the strategic plan is the change of the current membership program into a sponsorship program. The changes are minimal for our members. If you have recently updated your membership you don't have to do anything until you are due for renewal. If your membership has expired please use the new sponsorship form for renewal. There are few changes to your benefits, please read the form carefully.
Sponsorship Form
We do appreciate your continued support.

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