• 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.

Research Grant Applications Available

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Curt Sauer announced today that applications for the park’s 2009 Graduate Student Research Grant program are available on the park’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/research.htm. Research proposals should focus on some aspect of either the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park. The application deadline is November 21, 2008.

According to Sauer, the grant program is designed to support graduate students at accredited institutions in conducting independent research in Joshua Tree National Park. The program provides an opportunity to the student to demonstrate how their research can apply to land management issues. Students also gain experience in applying for grants, meeting deadlines, and developing and managing a budget. The National Park Service benefits from the results of original research that yield a better understanding of the resources of Joshua Tree National Park.

Funded by generous support from the Lee Family Foundation and the Joshua Tree National Park Association, the grant program offers multiple grants each year of up to $4,000 to assist students with field study expenses, including data analysis, lodging, transportation, field supplies, and research equipment. Awards will be announced during the week of January 12, 2009.

Grant recipients are required 1) to submit a final report that provides details of their study’s methods and conclusions to the Park; 2) to present their work at a suitable, locally available public forum such as the Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Desert Institute Lecture Series; and 3) to provide suitable content for the National Park Service website. Recipients are expected to complete all of the requirements of the grant within two years of the award. Applicants with questions or who need further information about the Graduate Student Science Grant program should contact Dr. Tasha La Doux at 909-964-7304.

Did You Know?

Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...