New Exhibit, Summer Youth Camps and fascinating Lectures!

Exhibit on display now
through September 14

What is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important? Can everyday activities burn calories? Visitors will find the answers to these questions by exploring nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play Well, an engaging and educational science exhibit. The hands-on exhibit appeals to children and their families and features text in English and Spanish.

Come bien, Juega bien es una exhibición de ciencia, práctica y bilingüe (Español/Inglés) que ayuda a los niños y familias a descubrir la ciencia de tomar decisiones saludables acerca de la alimentación y las muchas maneras divertidas e interesante de hacer ejercicio. Los visitantes aprenderán acerca del mundo de la nutrición y el ejercicio a través de nueve áreas interactivas que enseñan estrategias para vivir saludablemente.  

EAT WELL, PLAY WELL was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Administrative Supplement from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).    

Youth Summer Camp

This year a summer camp themed around the Museum's Eat Well, Play Well exhibit is offered to children 6 years and older. The programs run Tuesday through Thursday  

from 9 a.m. to noon.

$20 per week. Sign-up here!

  Week 1: June 23 - June 25

 How does your body work?

 Biology and chemistry of body functions. Learn about important food groups. Watch what happens in your mouth, stomach and intestines.  



Week 2: June 30 - July 2
 Prepare Fun and Healthy Food

Learn how to make yummy health foods in the colors of the rainbow, including salad, ice cream, and baked goods.  All Food prepared will be vegetarian. Please DO NOT sign up if your child has food allergies. 



Week 3:  July 7 - July 9

 Art and Food

Make Pottery with Ed Keesling, design a collage with Janis Commentz, and stamp with fruit and vegetables with Vanessa.


Week 4: July 14 - July 16

 Fun and Games to keep you fit

 Have a great time with a wide variety of sports and games,including Frisbee, obstacle courses and jump rope. 



MBHS presents "Myth in the Mojave"   

June 10, 5:30 p.m. 


Catherine Svehla, Ph.D., mythologist and storyteller will speak about native people and how their stories-the creation myths and the figure of Coyote in particular- influence their world view.  These stories are potentially useful for us to understand as we think about the future of the desert.


Doctor Svehla's a favorite performer at the annual Desert Stories presentation in Joshua Tree.


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
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture - June 18 - noon!

Parasites - The good
, the bad and the ugly!
Stefanie Ritter, Museum Biologist

Thinking about parasites gives most people the creeps. In this lecture you will also experience awe, astonishment and disgust while immersing yourself in the bizarre and sometimes beautiful world of parasites.

From plant to animal, internal to external, parasites have explored all realms. See eye-popping snails (literally) and beautiful plants, the parasitic world has that and much more to offer.


The lectures start at 12:00 noon.

Admission  is $ 5 - Free for Members -  beverages will be served.

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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