Community Events

  • Friday, February 28, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    Balancing Tourism with Conservation and Preservation - Black Rock Symposium

    As visitation to Joshua Tree National Park continues to increase, there is a need for discussion on how to balance tourism with the Park's mandate to conserve and preserve the land and ecology of the park. The panelists of this program will be a representative of Visit California, a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs that inspire travel to California, a representative of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor Bureau, and David Smith, Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. This symposium is underwritten by California Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation and supported by a partnership with Copper Mountain College. The lecture is free but you are asked to register.
  • Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    UCR Palm Desert campus in Palm Desert, CA

    The Genius of Birds - Wild Coachella Lecture

    A look at bars of the Pacific flyway in the context of the current environmental crisis.  Speaker Jennifer Ackerman is a nature writer and the author of "The Genius of Birds." Here is a full description and a link to register. Registration is requested but the lecture is free.
  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Palm Desert Civic Center Park in Palm Desert, CA

    Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival 2020

    Sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains, this FREE event celebrates wellness, recreation, safety and the outdoors. Featuring local artists and exhibitors, a kids' zone, beer & wine garden with live music, food and beverages for purchase, raffles and much more.
  • Monday, March 09, 2020 at 05:30 PM
    Joshua Tree Community Center in Joshua Tree, CA

    Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting

    The Morongo Basin MAC meets monthly (except August and December). As soon as available each month, the agenda will be published on this page.

    MAC members and their communities: 

    Gayl Swarat, Morongo Valley
    Pat Flanagan, Desert Heights
    Mary Helen Tuttle, Copper Mountain Mesa
    Ellen Jackman, Joshua Tree
    Steve Reyes, Wonder Valley
    Tom Ziegert, Yucca Mesa
    Steve Bardwell, Pioneertown
    Michel Cicero, Landers
    Jim Harvey, Johnson Valley
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Yucca Valley Community Center in Yucca Valley, CA

    March Board Meeting

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    UCR Palm Desert Auditorium in Palm Desert, CA

    Migratory Birds and Climate Change, a Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture

    Facilitated by Dr. Chris Tracy, Director of the UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, each free presentation is designed to examine the world in new and surprising ways. Dr. Alex Gerson will discuss how migratory and desert birds deal with warming temperatures in a changing climate. 
  • Friday, March 13, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Old Schoolhouse in Twentynine Palms, CA

    History of Water in the Morongo Basin - Old Schoolhouse Lecture

    Twentynine Palms Historical Society and Joshua Tree National Park Association present Marina West, General Manager of the Bighorn Desert-View Water Agency, on "History of Water in the Morongo Basin - Perspectives on an Underappreciated Resource." Read more about the series at the website of either the Historical Society or the Park Association. $5 admission.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 08:30 AM

    Desert Discovery Day at Mojave Desert Land Trust

    MDLT will hold its first annual Desert Discovery Day which will feature live music by the Shadow Mountain Band, a great lineup of speakers, an interpretive hike, food and shopping for a great cause, and the ribbon cutting of the Desert Discovery Garden. Visit the MDLT website to view a schedule of speakers and presentations.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    Fire in California - Black Rock Symposium

    Details on this program will be provided when available. 

    This symposium is underwritten by California Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation and supported by a partnership with Copper Mountain College.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 12:30 PM
    The Plant Yoda's Den in Morongo Valley, CA

    The Joy of Gardening with Desert Native Plants

    This four-hour workshop presented by Robin Kobaly will explore "why native plants are the perfect choice for southwest homes and why their adaptations are so important for a sustainable, enjoyable, and low-maintenance landscape." You will learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for your native plant garden. Early registration is suggested, either on the Power of Plants website or by emailing Robin ( or calling her at (760) 363.1166. Following registration and fee payment ($75), directions to the workshop location will be provided. Robin is a well-known local botanist, and founder/Executive Director of the non-profit SummerTree Institute. Her Power of Plants program provides workshops and classes at modest cost to engage people with the "captivating world of plants and their impressive uses."