The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is offering two community lectures this month:

March 16  La Rumorosa Rock Art of Baja California  7pm at the Community Room, Bell Center, Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree. Pre registration is requested.  Please call 760-367-5535.


The Kumeyaay and their ancestors have lived on the Baja-California border at least 10,000 years in accordance with a recent excavation near Jacumba. Their descendants are probably the Yuman speaking Tipai. The striking red, black and white pictographs were painted in caves and on rocks along the southern California border, up the Gila River and along the Colorado River, ranging from the lower Grand Canyon to the Sea of Cortez. This tradition of ancient art is called La Rumorosa, after a site in northeastern Baja, Mexico. No one knows for certain who painted the pictures or carved the images, nor can any modern human tell us exactly what the rock art is portraying, though interviews with Native Tipai point to the realm of the spiritual – a shamanistic tradition.

March 23-25  Fine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park and connect with the enchantment to be found there. The content of this workshop will focus, not only on the mechanics of photography, but, also on personal interpretation and expression which is the heart of the art. This is an “action packed” workshop, so, bring your camera equipment, camping equipment and enthusiasm and watch your creativity soar!

March 24-25  Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park

Join Allan Schoenherr, Ph.D. and author of A Natural History of California, to learn about the desert environment and the unique plants and animals that define Joshua Tree National Park during this two-day field class. Presentations, illustrations and inter-active demonstrations will explain the relationships between living organisms as well as adaptations that allow life to survive in arid landscapes. The class will visit multiple sites in the park where the two major ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, will be discussed. The class will also have opportunities to identify wildflowers, birds, and other animals in the field.  Schoenherr makes ecology approachable and fun; just bring your lunch, water, and hat and learn about the fascinating flora and fauna of Joshua Tree National Park!   This course earns 2 units through U.C. Riverside, Extension

Don Liponi, the author of La Rumorosa Rock Art agrees with that indigenous assessment; he recognizes that the value of preserving of archaeological sites and saving wilderness draws from the same well. The most intriguing and complex artistic motifs suggest the crossing of human boundaries to meld with wild nature – that wilderness which has always been our home.

March 29  Sandi Wheaton Photography Presentation  7pm at the Community Room, Bell Center, Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree. Pre registration is requested.  Please call 760-367-5535.

Join Sandi Wheaton in this presentation of her photographic images taken on Route 66 — yes, she traveled the full length of the “Mother Road.” She will also introduce you to her work on the Salton Sea. She has been documenting the Salton Sea and its changes annually since her first visit in 2004.


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