The Desert Institute is the educational branch of Joshua Tree National Park Association. They offer outdoor classes in science, history, and the arts as well as guided hikes, in the public lands around the Joshua Tree area. Some classes even offer college credit!
When I first encounter the Desert Institute’s course catalog all I could think was “Wow! What a great way to explore the park this must be. Learning from and with the community. How can I get involved?” Fast forward to a few e-mails and phone calls and I was in the classroom on volunteer training weekend. It’s been two years since then and there are many wonderful stories to be told about my experience with the Desert Institute.
Educate class participants on safety practices and Leave No Trace ethics.
Execute prevention practices to ensure a happy class in the field.
Keep track of the group.
Provide assistance to instructors and participants as needed.
Follow park protocols in case of an emergency.
Be the eyes of the park and educate visitors about rules and regulations.
The MDLT has been protecting the fragile environments and wildlife treasured by Mojave Desert residents and visitors since 2006.
MDLT purchases lands that have strategic conservation values, and then ensures that all acquired land is properly maintained.They’ve been able to weave together about 70,000 acres of land between National Parks, wilderness areas, and wildlife linkage corridors
Assist with restoration, monitoring, and clean-up.
Monitoring and collecting data.
Collect data every quarter for my adopted property.
Attend half day, daylong and overnight trips.