Yucca Valley
HomeContactSite MapSearch

Town of Yucca Valley

AboutVisitorsResidentsBusinessTown HallNewsLinksAsk Yucca
Community Services
Facility Rentals
Public Art

A - Z Services

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
Charlie Rossow, Museum Assistant

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

(760) 369-7212

Hi-Desert Nature Museum Collections Management Policy click here

For more information check www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org

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 e-mail museum@yucca-valley.org


Natural History Educational Programs
The Museum offers a variety of natural history programs.
Field trips are available for K-6, homeschoolers, 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.


Brown 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 curatored 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!


Copyright © Town of Yucca Valley