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“Like another planet”

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
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Owner description: The Desert Institute is the adult educational program offered by the Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) in partnership with Joshua Tree National Park.The Desert Institute offers open enrollment field classes in Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding areas (several with the option of college credit), military scholarships, community lectures, and custom-designed programming.The Institute has courses in cultural history, natural science, survival skills, and the arts for adults to explore in-depth the natural wonders of the park with expert instructors and runs six lecture series with various partners in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Rancho Mirage. There are two class semesters, fall and spring, with courses scheduled on the weekends, ranging from one to three days. Discounts on field classes are available for members of Joshua Tree National Park Association and Partners in Nature Education members.
Detroit, Michigan
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19 reviews
“Like another planet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

Huge park, we hired a guide which enhanced the experience many fold. It was the second trip for my girlfriend in less than a year. What more can I say? Bring lots of film or memory cards...

Visited February 2012
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Go trekking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

SO quiet and peaceful..Bring your guitar and at night bring a jacket it is a very nice place to go!

Visited June 2011
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Minneapolis, MN
2 reviews
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“Something for everyone.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

We spent a day at the park and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There are hikes offering varying degrees of challenge, well defined in the park's brochure. The ranger at the entrance to the park was very helpful in advising us. We took one hike of moderate difficulty and found the scenery beautiful and the path well marked. We also took one of the nature walks, which included signs identifying and explaining vegetation. It was very informative.

We have a niece and nephew who go to Joshua Tree for serious hiking and climbing and find it a good challenge for them. We prefer something less strenuous and were also happy with the options. We saw people of all ages along the way, and even passed a path that had been designed to be handicap accessible. We would definitely return.

Visited December 2011
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