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Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology Spring 2016 (Biology x412.18 1 unit)

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology Spring 2016...

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member (JTNPA or PINE) Mar 18, 2017 $60.00 $0.00
Non Member Mar 18, 2017 $70.00 $0.00
Credit Fee (JTNPA or PINE) Mar 18, 2017 $110.00 $6.49
Credit Fee - Non Member Mar 18, 2017 $120.00 $6.99

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The desert tortoise Gopherus agassizii is a fascinating species whose existence is threatened. In the morning participants will start by exploring the tortoise preserve at Copper Mountain College (CMC). Moving to the classroom, Kristin Berry Ph.D., representing the Western Ecological Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss the ecology, life history and current threats to this species. Edward LaRue Jr. M.S., representing the Desert Tortoise Council, will then discuss tortoise occurrence in the Morongo Basin since 1989, construction monitoring, and how to detect tortoises. Paul Delaney Ph.D., biology professor at CMC, will discuss management of the preserve, and introduce participants to the remarkable variety of adaptations exhibited by tortoises. Participants with then return outside to practice detecting tortoises, scat, tracks and burrows using field surveying equipment. This class will highlight unique morphological, physiological, and behavioral traits essential for these reptiles to survive in the desert, as well as critical issues in desert tortoise conservation.

Download the class outline:  Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology Outline - 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.

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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 Tortoise Conservation Biology Spring 2016 (Biology x412.18 1 unit)? Contact Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

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Copper Mountain College
Bell Center, Community Room
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Saturday, March 18, 2017 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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