Yucca Valley, CA – Students in this informal but purposeful class will have the opportunity to observe many of the flowering plants in Joshua Tree National Park, learn their names and something about their different places in the park’s greater plant community. In addition, students will gain familiarity with the tools necessary to identify plants on their own.
Friday’s class will include a basic botany lecture, with emphasis on desert plants wherever possible and as appropriate. This will be followed by an introduction to basic field guides, and to the use of plant keys in identification. A lab session will give students the opportunity to examine plant and, especially, flower parts in close detail with instructor prompts and guidance.
Saturday and Sunday are field days and will be spent in the park. With instructor assistance, students, in pairs or small groups, will practice identifying flowering plants. Walking distances for this class are minimal. This class earns 1.5 units through U.C. Riverside, Extension.
Date/ Time: Friday, March 8, 6 pm – 9 pm,
Saturday, March 9, 8 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 10, 8 am – 2 pm
Meet at: Black Rock Nature Center
9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd., Yucca Valley, CA
Fee: $135 JTNPA members/ $145 non members
Credit Fee: $210 JTNPA members/ $220 non members
Sign up: www.joshuatree.org
For further press information, please call Kevin Wong, Desert Institute Director