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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


Convincing the Nation Exhibit
On display~ October 1 - December 19, 2015

“Convincing the Nation,” a new exhibit at the Hi- Desert Nature Museum, draws on historical artwork, archival material and artifacts to tell the story of the United States government’s efforts to capture attention during World War II, as it sought public support and a cooperative home-front willing to put the needs of the nation before their own.
“Convincing the Nation” includes more than twenty posters from the 1940s that were used as a primary form of one-way communication before radio and television. While decorative at times, the posters were designed to grab attention and to be easy to understand. While the urgent circumstances of war required home-front citizens to adjust their daily, peace-time routines, public officials understood that inducing behavior change would not be easy. They relied on large scale publicity efforts such as the printed posters to reach the public with wartime messages.


Keeping Company with Flowers” Exhibit
On display~ January 7 – February 20, 2016

Take a closer look at California ecology through the lives of these pollinating species and the needs and obstacles of these important insects. The exhibition features over 50 photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings, primarily taken by Northern California plantsman and naturalist, John Whittlesey. These images vividly portray the intriguing lives of bees, butterflies, flies, and beetles. The exhibit aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the incredible beauty and diversity of pollinators in California. This traveling exhibition explores the diversity of native California pollinators and their flowers through a series of vivid photographs.


Call for Artists
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Exhibition
On Display February 25 – April 30, 2016

Opening Reception Friday, February 26, 2016.
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 16, 2016. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed media and upcycled creations are welcome. Children and school projects are especially encouraged. Art submissions will be taken February 18-20. For participation guidelines, please visit www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org or contact the Hi-Desert Nature Museum 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

View the Museum's Welcome Video for more information.

Also, visit the Museum's website!

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