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Map and Compass for Families

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

Map and Compass for Families

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member (JTNPA or PINE) Ended $25.00 $0.00
Non Member Ended $35.00 $0.00

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Connect with your family and Joshua Tree National Park by participating in our family programs. We offer a variety of activities from navigation and tracking to scientific experiments in the desert.

The Desert Institute offers half day courses for children from 8 - 13 years old and their parents, grandparents or guardians. Field trip material correlates with grade level science standards (grades 4-6) and will support your child’s science education. Each course is limited to twelve participants (kids and parents). Course fees are Per Person (p/p).

Learning to read a compass and map can be a fun and exciting experience for children. The compass, a navigational tool used to find direction, is a simple object that even young children can become proficient at using. A variety of real-life exercises that involve map-reading and problem-solving skills can help children develop an understanding of how the compass and map can be a useful everyday tool. By incorporating movement and games into the practice, children will quickly gain enthusiasm for their new skills.

Bring snacks, a lunch and water, a day pack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and hat, and an open mind for learning in the Joshua Tree National Park!

Download the course outline: Map and Compass for Families Fall 2014

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 Map and Compass for Families? Contact Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

When & Where

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 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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