$70 – $80

Native American Plant Uses Spring 2019

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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

11055 East Drive

Morongo Valley, CA 92256

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Discover the abundant uses of native desert plants with Daniel McCarthy. McCarthy will teach participants about the plants historically harvested by the native peoples of Southern California for food, medicine, and utilitarian purposes. The program will start with an overview of local Native American tribes and how culture defines plant use. Attendees will learn about plant communities, habitat, and distribution, focusing on the ethnobotany of key species found in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. In the afternoon, the class will identify edible plants found in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. No plants will be harvested. Respectful gathering practices will be discussed as well as restrictions on collecting on federal lands and in the National Park.

Click to download the course outline: Native American Plant Uses

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

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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