Community Events

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Hi Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley, CA

    Hummingbirds of the Southwest - Hi Desert Nature Museum Lecture

    Learn from College of the Desert professor Kurt Leuschner about the amazing array of hummingbirds of the southwestern United States, including locally occurring species and where to find them.
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    More details can be found at the Hi Desert Nature Museum website. A donation of $5 is requested for those who are not Museum sponsors.
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    UCR Palm Desert in Palm Desert, CA

    Salton Sea: After the Flood - UCR Desert Discoveries Series

    In this first of five lectures about the Salton Sea, the focus will be a historical look at the Sea as an epic tale of man versus nature in the harsh California desert. The lecture is free, but please register.
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Yucca Valley Community Center in Yucca Valley, CA

    MCBA Annual Meeting - Sustainable Tourism

    At MBCA's 2020 Annual Meeting we will both celebrate our anniversary and explore the timely topic of Sustainable Tourism. In honor of the completion of our 50th anniversary year, we will release our anniversary book, Celebrating the Past - Envisioning the Future. The presentation on Sustainable Tourism will be provided by two extremely well-qualified and experienced survivors of the tourism onslaught in Joshua Tree National Park, Park Superintendent David Smith, and the National Parks Conservation Association's Chris Clarke, who is their California Desert Associate Director.
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    Several local conservation non-profits will also be present to share their stories. For more details, read our Annual Meeting 2020 Press Release. We hope you'll join us on January 25! 
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 12:30 PM
    Morongo Valley in Morongo Valley, CA

    Making Native Desert Teas

    This popular workshop, presented by Robin Kobaly, well-known local botanist and founder of The Power of Plants and Executive Director of the SummerTree Institute, will offer demonstrations, samples, and a wealth of knowledge about the health, healing, and well-being that can be found through native plant teas. Learn all the details and register ($65 fee) at the Power of Plants website. 
  • Saturday, February 01, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Joshua Basin Water District in Joshua Tree, CA

    Water Conservation and Soil Amendments - JBWD Water Workshop

    This free workshop is second in a series of four Winter Water Saving Workshops to be held from January through February. There is no fee but registration is required by emailing kjradnich@jbwd.com or calling 760.821.5716. The workshops are sponsored by the Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District, the Alliance of Water Awareness and Conservation, and the Joshua Basin Water District. (The other workshops are: Feb. 8 - basic drip irrigation design; Feb. 22 - irrigation troubleshooting for the homeowner.)
  • Wednesday, February 05, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    UCR Palm Desert campus in Palm Desert, CA

    The History of Joshua Tree - Wild Coachella Lecture

    Learn the history of one of our nation's most beloved parks from speaker William West. Here is a full description and a link to register. Registration is requested but the lecture is free.
  • Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Joshua Basin Water District in Joshua Tree, CA

    Basic Drip Irrigation Design - JBWD Water Workshop

    This free workshop is third in a series of four Winter Water Saving Workshops to be held from January through February. There is no fee but registration is required by emailing kjradnich@jbwd.com or calling 760.821.5716. The workshops are sponsored by the Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District, the Alliance of Water Awareness and Conservation, and the Joshua Basin Water District. (The last workshop is Feb. 22 - irrigation troubleshooting for the homeowner.)
  • Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 12:30 PM
    The Plant Yoda's Den in Morongo Valley, CA

    Healing & Helpful Southwest Native Plants

    This three-hour workshop presented by Robin Kobaly will demonstrate how to harvest, store, and prepare native plants for medicinal and food purposes. Early registration is suggested, either on the Power of Plants website or by emailing Robin (robin@powerofplants.com) or calling her at (760) 363.1166. Following registration and fee payment ($65), 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." 
  • Monday, February 10, 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, February 13, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Yucca Valley Community Center in Yucca Valley, CA

    February Board Meeting