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Intaglios of the Colorado River Spring 2017

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM (PST)

Intaglios of the Colorado River Spring 2017

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Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member (JTNPA or PINE) 15 Registrations Mar 4, 2017 $60.00 $0.00
Non Member 15 Registrations Mar 4, 2017 $70.00 $0.00

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Intaglios or large figures laid out on the ground are one of the unsolved mysteries of modern Archaeology. Officially classified as a form of rock art, there are over 300 intaglios in the American Southwest and Mexico. Daniel McCarthy will lead this all-day field class to three sites to explore these larger than life images preserved on the desert floor. The best known of these are the Blythe Intaglios along the Colorado River that are famous for multiple human-like figures. The largest human figure is 240 feet in length! Participants will learn about these “gravel pictographs” and their significance. This is a great opportunity to visit these immense drawings with an expert archaeologist. Participants will drive 230 miles (round trip) during the class, from Twenty-nine Palms to just north of Blythe where the class will finish. Carpooling is encouraged.

Click to download the course outline:  Intaglios Along the Colorado River 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.

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 Intaglios of the Colorado River Spring 2017? Contact Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 6:00 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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