• 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.

2011 Student Research Grant Applications Available

Joshua Tree National Park Acting Superintendent Kevin Hendricks announced today that applications for the 2011 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant at Joshua Tree National Park are available on the park’s website at: www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/research.htm. Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park. The application deadline is February 25, 2011.

The purpose of the grant program is 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 as well as providing the park staff with a better understanding of the resources at Joshua Tree National Park. Multiple grants of up to $4,000 will assist students with field study expenses, including data analysis, lodging, transportation, field supplies, and research equipment. Awards will be announced during the week of March 31, 2011.

Grant recipients are required to submit six-month progress reports and a final report that provides details of the study methods and conclusions to the park; to present their work at a suitable public forum, ideally in a locally available setting such as the Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Desert Institute Lecture Series; and to provide suitable content for the Joshua Tree National Park website. Recipients are expected to complete all of the requirements of the grant within two years of the award.

Additional information is available at www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/research.htm. You may also contact Dr. Vicky Chang at 760-367-5579, or victoria_chang@nps.gov.

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a tarantula

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