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Desert Night Sky: Planets to Galaxies Spring 2017

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member (JTNPA or PINE) May 20, 2017 $60.00 $0.00
Non Member May 20, 2017 $70.00 $0.00

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Warm May nights are a perfect time to experience the newly emerging spring night sky. The brilliant stars of winter have sunk beneath the horizon and spring galaxies swirl high in the heavens. David Chappell, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of La Verne, will lead participants on a tour of the heavens starting with the planets and ending with distant galaxies during this one-day field class. Starting indoors, the course will cover basic astronomy and practical observing techniques as well as recent discoveries in astronomy. Just before sunset, the class will travel into Joshua Tree National Park to observe the night sky. Telescopes and binoculars will be used to see the rings of Saturn, the Great Orion Nebula, dozens of galaxies, and more. Don’t miss this great opportunity to discover the universe that surrounds us!

Click to download the course outline: Desert Night Sky Planets to Galaxies Outline - Sping 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 Desert Night Sky: Planets to Galaxies Spring 2017? Contact Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

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Oasis Visitor Center
74485 National Park Dr
Twentynine Palms, CA

Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 10:00 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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