Joshua Tree National Park Association

Community Lecture Series


Bringing Nature To Our Community

The Desert Institute’s community outreach program brings cutting edge presentations on the cultural history, natural science, and the arts pertaining to Joshua Tree National Park, the Morongo Basin, and the Coachella Valley with various partners. The Desert Institute partners include Joshua Tree National Park, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, and the Palm Springs Public Library.

Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

The Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series started in 1999 and is run in partnership with the Twentynine Palms Historical Society. We offer a wide variety of fascinating presentations on the cultural history and natural science of Joshua Tree National Park, the city of Twentynine Palms, and the Morongo Basin.


• September 9, “Jim Pine, a Serrano Kika and his Neighbors at the Oasis of Máara,” Sean Milanovich • October 14, “Bill Hatch’s Memoirs of a Road Trip Through the Mojave Desert” Liz Meyer • November 11, “Bradshaw’s Road to the La Paz Gold Fields,” Steve Lech • December 9, “Old Spanish Trail from Mountain Springs, Nevada to Salt Creek, in California’s Mojave Desert.,” Steve Brown • January 13, “Managing Cultural Resources at Mojave National Preserve,” David Nichols • February 10, “Kemper Campbell Ranch at the Mojave River Narrows: An Enduring Legacy in Desert History and Lore,” Ruth Nolan • March 10, “The Lead Up to the Desert Protection Act,” Chris Clarke • April 14, “Courage to Heal and Kaiser Permanente’s early beginnings in the Mojave Desert,” Dr. Paul Bernstein • May 12, “History of the Morongo Basin,” Tom Crochetiere • June 9, “Amboy Crater: Geology, Ecology, and Historical Perspectives,” Bruce Bridenbecker


Lectures are held on the second Friday of every month from September through June at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. Doors open at 6:15 pm and the lecture starts at 7 pm–$5 donation for the presentation paid at the door.

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