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Citizen Science: Phenological Monitoring in Joshua Tree National Park Sprin...

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Black Rock Visitor Center

9800 Black Rock Canyon

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

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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

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

Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Camping reservations must be made through recreation.gov

Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT. You can bring the completed form to the class.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.

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