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Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

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Address: 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3533
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+1 760-367-5535
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon 08:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

The Desert Institute is the adult educational program offered by the Joshua...

The Desert Institute is the adult educational program offered by the Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) in partnership with Joshua Tree National Park.The Desert Institute offers open enrollment field classes in Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding areas (several with the option of college credit), military scholarships, community lectures, and custom-designed programming.The Institute has courses in cultural history, natural science, survival skills, and the arts for adults to explore in-depth the natural wonders of the park with expert instructors and runs six lecture series with various partners in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Rancho Mirage. There are two class semesters, fall and spring, with courses scheduled on the weekends, ranging from one to three days. Discounts on field classes are available for members of Joshua Tree National Park Association and Partners in Nature Education members.

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Montana Adventure Girl Loved This!

Arriving from winters cold in Montana made my visit to Joshua Tree even more impressive with its shirtsleeve weather, warm sand, and blooming cacti. The park is diverse with many... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Missoula, Montana
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Missoula, Montana
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Arriving from winters cold in Montana made my visit to Joshua Tree even more impressive with its shirtsleeve weather, warm sand, and blooming cacti. The park is diverse with many variables of natures art work. I couldn't recommend it more highly. Suggestions: The Park Service Desk could be a bit more helpful in advising visitors of the opportunity for a... More 

Thank montanacarole
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

The Desert Institute is the shining star of the Joshua Tree National Park Association. For locals and visitors alike, you can learn something about the area whether it's geology of the landscape, map and compass skills, unique desert plants and wildlife, the cultural history, or hiking with a knowledgeable naturalist. There are also weekend retreats, art and writing classes -... More 

Thank Diana S
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Reviewed 29 January 2015

I think that many folks drive right by Joshua Tree Retreat Center- pull in- the public is welcome (unless some huge event is going on) They hold yoga festivals and teach proper breathing techniques Institute of Mentalphysics - Breath of Life see: www.mentalphysics.net Also come her to enjoy a picnic and do your own meditation - They have a wonderful... More 

Thank Adam P
Kingston, Jamaica
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Reviewed 13 June 2013 via mobile

A week pass for the Joshua Tree National Park is $15. You still need to purchase the week pass even when you're there for a couple of hours. If you visit lot of national parks, it's better to purchase an annual pass for $80. Even if you have to pay $15, it's worth going in and see inside of the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

This retreat center is nestled amid beautiful grounds, buildings designed by descendants of Frank Lloyd Wright. Groups rent the space, buildings are older but kept in good condition. Rooms are mostly doubles or triples, some with shared baths. Very beautiful area, + buildings for meditation, tai chi, yoga, etc.

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Paso Robles, California
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

i went there with a friend from work , we drove there , of course it is usaully very hot and it is a steep drive but apon arrival at this tremendous park , over 700,000 acres is vast to say the last but if you are looking for peace and quiet and a remote place to go rving or... More 

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Reviewed 4 April 2012

I've been to Joshua Tree before to hike and loved it then so it was a repeat performance. We were too early to see wild flowers this time but still the rock formations are breath taking.

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Huge park, we hired a guide which enhanced the experience many fold. It was the second trip for my girlfriend in less than a year. What more can I say? Bring lots of film or memory cards...

Thank Christopher H
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

SO quiet and peaceful..Bring your guitar and at night bring a jacket it is a very nice place to go!

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Minneapolis, MN
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

We spent a day at the park and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There are hikes offering varying degrees of challenge, well defined in the park's brochure. The ranger at the entrance to the park was very helpful in advising us. We took one hike of moderate difficulty and found the scenery beautiful and the path well marked. We also took one... More 

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