$145 – $230

Mosses in Motion: Desert Moss Ecology and Diversity (Biology xTBD 1 unit)

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Oasis Visitor Center

74485 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

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Moss in the desert? Why yes! Come learn the many important roles mosses play in desert ecosystems! This introductory course will familiarize students to this mysterious and beautiful group of tiny, overlooked plants with the resiliency to survive most of the year dry and dormant! We will use microscopes to learn what features (macro & microscopic) define mosses evolutionarily and how to distinguish them from commonly confused lichens, algae, ferns, and low-lying herbs. A “Mosses in Motion” hydration activity will teach students the unique adaptive relationship of mosses to water and how this compares to the survival strategies of other desert plants. In the field, students will become keen “moss hunters” gaining first-hand experience with mosses on rock, soil, and riparian areas in the Mojave Desert. Students will learn to differentiate moss from the “other tinies” encountered, such as lichens while characterizing the protective features of microhabitats and how they may help shelter mosses from the brunt of future climate change.

Download the course outline: Mosses in Motion: Desert Moss Ecology and Diversity

Hike Level: Moderate (Fitness Levels)

If you are a member of JTNPA you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Camping reservations must be made through recreation.gov

Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT. You can bring the completed form to the class.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.

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