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Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue (Biology X414.51 0.5 units) Fall 2016

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member (JTNPA or PINE) 10h 48m $60.00 $0.00
Non Member 10h 48m $70.00 $0.00
Credit Fee (JTNPA or PINE) 10h 48m $85.00 $5.24
Credit Fee (Non Member) 10h 48m $95.00 $5.74

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Feared and respected by many for their potential to inflict harm, snakes have long captured the fascination of humanity. William Hayes will introduce participants to a remarkable variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes that inhabit Southern California’s deserts in this class. Due to the usual heat of September, we will have a quick orientation and then leave the classroom to look for snakes and other reptiles.  After our exploration, we will return to the classroom where Dr. Hayes will discuss the many adaptations that are essential for snakes to survive in the desert ecosystem including unique morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological traits. Snake venom will also be discussed in detail providing answers to the following questions. What, exactly, is venom? How is it made and how is it delivered? Can venoms be beneficial? The class will explore the surrounding desert to identify reptile habitat and hopefully see some snakes!  Click to read the article printed in the Loma Linda University newspaper reviewing Dr. William Hayes' Desert Snake class.  

Click to download the course outline for the intinerary, meeting time and location.

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

Have questions about Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue (Biology X414.51 0.5 units) Fall 2016? Contact Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

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Black Rock Ranger Station
9800 Black Rock Canyon
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)


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Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Exploring Nature through Education

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is an adult and family education program offering an in-depth exploration of the park’s natural wonders. Learn from highly qualified instructors who are passionate about sharing their expertise, and committed to providing a personal and fun learning experience. The Desert Institute is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association, and operates with the full endorsement of the National Park Service. Join us this season for an educational adventure.

Field Classes

The Desert Institute offers outdoor field classes for adult learners in cultural history, natural science, survival skills, desert naturalist studies, citizen science, and creative arts. The Desert Institute also offers half day courses for children from 8-13 years and their parents.  Enrollment is open to all, and some courses may be taken for optional university credit. All field programs follow “Leave No Trace” principles to minimize impact on the desert environment, and where necessary, obtain special permits to access certain aspects of Joshua Tree National Park that would otherwise be restricted. Weekend courses ranging from one to three days are scheduled over two class semesters, Fall and Spring. Discounts are available for members of the Joshua Tree National Park Association and Partners in Nature Education.

Custom Programs

Whatever you interest in Joshua Tree National Park, we can design a custom educational program to be a perfect fit for you or your group. Click on the sidebar for program ideas, or contact the Desert Institute for more information.

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