Discover & Learn

MDLT strives to help everyone who lives, works, and plays in the California desert to embrace the significance of this magical landscape. Outreach & Public Engagement Activities Include: guided hikes, outdoor education, outreach at local fairs and festivals, lectures and workshops, signature programs & special events, and Reading the Landscape  for artists creating consciously in the desert.

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    Desert Defenders
    The Mojave Desert Land Trust launched its Desert Defenders campaign in response to a 2017 executive order instructing the Department of the Interior to review national monuments designated by the Antiquities Act. When our desert is under attack, we fight back.
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  • Desert Discovery Field Studies
    These after-school experiential learning labs focus on important environmental themes while providing a chance for students to safely explore and learn as citizen scientists. This immersive program helps students become inspired advocates for the desert they call home.
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  • Photo of a hiker. Explore your California desert national monuments. This land is your land. Explore. Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments are three more bright stars on the map for each of these unique and breathtaking lands we love, and places we play.
    New Desert Monuments
    Sand to Snow, Castle Mountains and Mojave Trails National Monuments protect approximately 1.8 million acres of spectacular desert landscapes, soaring mountain peaks, fragile wildlife habitat, unique historic resources and important cultural sites. Explore and enjoy your new wilderness!
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    Reading the Landscape
    Artists have long played a role in telling the story of the Mojave -- but in telling one story, we must ensure we are not ending another.
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    Resources
    The first step MDLT takes when identifying priority areas for conservation is to examine existing research and studies.
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    You Are Here
    As stewards of this fierce and fragile ecosystem, we'd like to share some ways you can experience the desert.
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