Joshua Tree National Park Association

December Activities

Field Classes
Activity Leader(s)
December 1
Jon Norris
Landscape Photography Hike

Advance your photography skills while exploring Joshua Tree National Park on foot in this unique in-field workshop. Learn more…

December 1
Jamie Kenney
Slice of Science: Tiny But Deadly--Does the Potato Psyllid Pose a Threat to Native Desert Plants?

Slice of Science is a new program featuring demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on workshops with scientists performing research in Joshua Tree National Park. Learn more…

December 2
Alessandro Grippo
Geology of Amboy Crater

Hike to the rim of Amboy Crater and learn about (dormant) volcanoes in the Mojave Desert in this full-day geology lesson. Learn more…

December 3
Michael Medina
Desert Ecology Bike Tour

Spend a morning exploring Queen Valley in Joshua Tree National Park–by bicycle! This leisurely ride (on lightly traveled dirt roads) will include several stops to observe and learn about the desert landscape and ecology. Learn more…

December 7
Sarah Witt
Benny Lopez
Sunset Hike at Barker Dam

Join the Desert Institute team every Thursday for an easy sunset hike around Barker Dam. This is a perfect way to end your day (away from the crowds at Key‘s View) before settling into your campsite for an evening of stargazing. This is a public program and advanced registration is required. Learn more…

December 9
Scott Heacox
Desert Insects: Who They Are and Why They Matter

Insects are vital components of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem, including deserts, yet they are often overlooked, misunderstood, or treated with animosity. This class aims to change this perception by teaching the truth about what insects do, who they are, and why they matter. Learn more…

December 10
Pam Kersey
Tom Scanlan
Explore the Golden Bee Mine

What do honeybees have to do with gold mining? Find out the answer on our hike to the Golden Bee Mine. This moderate hike is approximately 5 miles out and back with some cross-country hiking required. Learn more…

December 17
Amanda B'Hymer
Gentle Hatha Flow & Yoga Nidra

The course includes introduction of Gentle Hatha Yoga postures linked with breath and Yoga Nidra meditation practices that lead to empowered well-being. Learn more…

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