• 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.

Ranger Guided

Pre-school & Kindergarten
Natural History Tracks and More explores how animals move, what sort of shelters they live in, and what their tracks look like. (kindergarten)
Who Lives in a National Park? introduces students in pre-school and kindergarten to the differences between pets and wild animals and what desert animals are.
 
First & Second Grades
Natural History Earth’s Bare Bones: Desert Landforms explores the different types of landforms found in deserts and helps students understand how rocks are formed and the makeup of minerals in rocks.
Habitats introduces students to the concept of what animals need to survive.
 
Third & Fourth Grades
Natural History The Joshua Tree Hotel engages students in exploring the world of the Joshua tree and its symbiotic relationship with many desert animals.
Geo Kids: The Rocks of Joshua Tree National Park helps students discover how the rocks of Joshua Tree were formed and eroded. (fourth grade)
Cottonwood Desert Adaptations engages students in exploring how plants and animals have adapted to survive in the desert. (fourth grade) (given at Cottonwood Spring)
Cultural History Keys to the Past explores how successful homesteaders survived in the desert. (Limited to one class per program.)
Barker Dam Survival in an Arid Land engages students in understanding how American Indians and early settlers survived in and adapted to the desert. (third grade)
 
Fifth & Sixth Grades
Natural History Rocks and Faults engages students in how the ever-dynamic geology of Earth formed and continues to shape the landscape. (sixth grade)
Cottonwood Desert Adaptations engages students in exploring how plants and animals have adapted to survive in the desert.
Desert Water: A Secret from the Sun
Cultural History Keys to the Past explores how successful homesteaders survived in the desert. (Limited to one class per program.)
 
Middle & Jr High Students
Natural History Rocks and Faults engages students in discovering how the ever-dynamic geology of Earth formed and continues to shape the landscape.
Tortoise, Tortoise launches students into a study of the desert tortoise through scientific study practices using tortoise replicas. (sixth & seventh grades)
Desert Connections engages students in how the rocks, plants, animals and resource impacts are connected in our desert lands.
 
Highschool Students
Natural History
Desert Connections engages students in how the rocks, plants, animals and resource impacts are connected in our desert lands.



Research
Opportunities

Discovering the Ancients Science in Action has student participating in a science research project for the park that deals with desert plants. In class presentation is required to participate.





Job Shadowing allows a student to accompany a national park ranger in order to experience what he or she does on a daily basis.

Did You Know?

Pinto Point

Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park for at least 5,000 years. The first group known to inhabit the area was the Pinto Culture, followed by the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla. More...