The Minerva Hoyt Desert Conservation Award honors the wealthy Pasadena socialite who became enamored with desert plants in the 1920's and 30's and then tenaciously advocated for preservation of Mojave Desert lands. Official designation of Joshua Tree National Monument occurred in 1936. Enjoy KCET's comprehensive article chronicling how Joshua Tree National Park became a mecca for millions of visitors seeking to experience the intriguing plants and animals, wide open spaces, and dark night skies the desert provides. Read more about the Minerva Hoyt Award (nominations for the 2018 award are due by January 11, 2019) on the website of the Joshua Tree National Park Association.
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