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Explore Queen Mountain West Fall 2016

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member (JTNPA or PINE) Nov 13, 2016 $35.00 $0.00
Non Member Nov 13, 2016 $45.00 $0.00

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This strenuous, 8.5-mile out and back hike will explore a remote and seldom visited area of Queen Mountain where you will be exposed to the power and creativity of water in the desert. The Oak Canyon Potholes are a collection of water sculpted and polished rock slabs intermittently spread out over a half-mile section of a progressively steepening canyon. These rock slabs are dotted with deep potholes and a unique, cascading sluice- like feature found in the center collection of potholes. This unique feature is located about half way between the upper and lower potholes. The area is similar to the upper rock slabs of Rattlesnake Canyon further downstream.

On our way to the potholes, participants will get a unique view of the expansive Wonderland of Rocks from above. The overlook will allow us to look down into, and out across much of this complex rocky playground. Other important geologic landmarks useful for navigating on further hikes within the park will be pointed out as well.

Please download the course outline Explore Queen Mountain West Fall 2016.

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 Explore Queen Mountain West Fall 2016? Contact Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree Visitor Center
6554 Park Blvd
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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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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