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Citizen Science: Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park Spring 2017 (Biology x413 1 unit)

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member (JTNPA or PINE) Mar 18, 2017 $135.00 $0.00
Non Member Mar 18, 2017 $145.00 $0.00
Credit Fee (JTNPA or PINE) Mar 18, 2017 $185.00 $10.24
Credit Fee (Non Member) Mar 18, 2017 $195.00 $10.74

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Climate change is on everyone’s mind these days, and as Californians, we are all wondering what effects rising global temperatures are going to have on our state.  Here’s your chance to help answer that question.  Learn how to become a citizen scientist and collect data on the effects of climate change on plant phenology – or life cycle changes – in Joshua Tree National Park or your own backyard for the California Phenology Project.  The Project is gathering data on the effects of global warming on when plants produce leaves, flowers, and fruits to learn whether plants are engaging in these activities earlier as temperatures rise.  We will spend Friday night in the classroom learning about the Project, including basic plant biology and the plants that are being monitored in Joshua Tree National Park.  We will spend Saturday monitoring plants on Ryan Mountain.  The hike up Ryan is 1.5 miles (3.0 miles round-trip) with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet and will end with fantastic views of the Park from the summit.  We will return to the classroom to enter our data.  Come be part of the solution, not the problem!

Download the course outline:  Citizen Science:  Phenological Monitoring in JTNP - Spring 2017

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.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

Have questions about Citizen Science: Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park Spring 2017 (Biology x413 1 unit)? Contact Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

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Oasis Visitor Center
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5:00 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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