• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • Cottonwood Trails Closed

    Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »

  • Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect 30+ Minute Travel Delays

    Visitors should expect 30+ minute waits when heading north and sound bound on the Pinto Basin Road. Due to construction activity around Cottonwood Visitor Center, additional waits of 30 minutes may be in place when leaving the visitor center parking lot. More »

  • Deteriorating conditions of Black Rock Canyon Road

    The road leading to Black Rock campground has deep potholes, is deeply rutted, and can be difficult to negotiate, especially in large vehicles. Please drive with caution.

Professional Development

Workshops for teachers are offered by Joshua Tree National Park upon request. They may be available at school sites for staff development days or in the park. The workshops last one to two days.
Explorations in Science helps teachers learn how to use outdoor resources in their area. Workshop involves hiking, identification of plants and animals.
Exploring Social Science helps teachers learn how to incorporate historic places into their classroom lesson plans. Teachers explore the Desert Queen Ranch, Ryan Ranch, and the use of historic photographs.
Project WILD
Project Learning Tree
Project WET
Project Archaeology
 
The Desert Institute, the educational branch of Joshua Tree National Park Association, offers outdoor classes in science, history, and the arts. Classes vary in length from one to three days and are taught on weekends. Some classes offer optional college credit through UC Riverside. Course fees vary.

Did You Know?

a tarantula

When cornered by a predator, a tarantula will rub its hind legs over its abdomen, brushing hairs into its enemy’s eyes. More...