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Hi-Desert Nature Museum

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is a family-oriented facility with collections and exhibits related to the desert’s unique natural and historical elements. The museum features educational opportunities for visitors of all ages, including natural history dioramas displaying wildlife in the desert, an interactive “Kids Korner” with plenty of hands-on activities, a mini-zoo with live desert creatures, a gem and mineral collection, a Native American artifacts exhibit and a fossil collection. Six rotating exhibits related to the local natural and historical theme are scheduled each year.


Sue Earnest, Community Services Manager
Stefanie Ritter, Museum Programs Supervisor
Vanessa Cantu, Museum Registrar & Exhibits Coordinator

Location: Community Center Complex
57090 Twentynine Palms Highway
Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
The museum is closed Sunday through Wednesday and on national holidays

(760) 369-7212

Hi-Desert Nature Museum Collections Management Policy click here

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Exhibition 2018
On Display March 24- May 19

The community is invited to contribute original works of art inspired by and made from recycled or reused materials for display in the museum's annual exhibition, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" which will also be featured during the Town of Yucca Valley's Earth Day Celebration on April 21.

Paintings, scullptures, photographs, mixed media and up-cycled creations are welcome.

Children and school projects are especially encouraged!

For participation guidelines, please click here.


Chamber Music at the Museum
Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. (Matinee)

Encelia Chamber Ensemble  and Friends

Tickets are available for a donation of $15 for standard seating and $20 for preferred seating. 
Purchase tickets here or at the Yucca Valley Community Center
Monday - Thursday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

For more information check www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org
Click here to purchase tickets online

All proceeds will benefit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.


Enjoy your Museum
Schedule a private visit and program for you and your friends, bring your children and their friends, or your visitors from out of town. Private group visits are available for a donation; minimum of ten and a maximum of thirty people. Private tours are one hour in length. Reservations must be made by phone or e-mail at least four weeks in advance.
For further information, please call (760) 369-7212, or email museum@yucca-valley.org


Natural History Educational Programs
The Museum offers a variety of natural history programs.
Field trips are available for K-6, home schoolers, scout troops, and others and can be scheduled for Tuesdays through Fridays.
Please call the Museum for an appointment at (760) 369-7212.


MBHS Presents
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is pleased to partner with the Morongo Basin Historical Society in hosting their series of history programs. Each month a new topic related to our colorful local history will be presented by an experienced speaker.
Second Wednesday of the Month, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
$5 donation to the MBHS at the door.


Brrown Bag Lunch Series
Enjoy a once-a-month lunch break with your neighbors and friends at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, while learning about an interesting topic related to the High Desert. This lecture series will be held one Thursday a month. Lectures start at noon;
Admission $5 (free with museum membership).
Complimentary beverages will be served.
Visit our web site at www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org for details.


Today your sponsorship will:
Help to take excellent care of collections items, all of which have been
donated by members of the community like you.
Keep the museum free of charge and accessible to everyone.
Allow you to enjoy frequently changing temporary exhibits curated by
members of the community as well as by museums nationwide.
Enhance large family events like Family Fun Day, Halloween and Earth Day.
 Assure the well-being of all the mini-zoo animals.

Sponsorship Categories:
* Cricket $15
* Gecko $20
* Tortoise $35
* King Snake $50
* Coyote $100
* Bobcat $250
* Mountain Lion $500
* Eagle $1,000
* The Rock! Over $1,500

Preserve Our Past Enrich the Present Enlighten the Future
Pick-up a sponsorship form at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum or download one at
Call 760-369-7212 for more information

View the Museum's Welcome Video for more information.

Also, visit the Museum's website!

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