Professional Development

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Geoscientist in Parks help prepares students to measure Joshua trees

NPS / Brad Sutton


Teacher Training

The Desert Institute offers classes for adult learners in cultural history, natural science, desert naturalist studies, women's programs, citizen science, and creative arts. All programs are taught by expert instructors, some offer CEUs or college credit hours. Please see the Desert Institute's website for the current catalog:

Rangers are available for teacher trainings in the park. Please email to request a teacher training.
Topics may include:
  • Citizen Science Projects
  • Cultural History
  • Current Issues in Park Management
  • General Park Knowledge
Other options for professional development in environmental education:
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.

Last updated: July 28, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


760 367-5500

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