MDLT 10th Celebrates A Decade of Protecting the California Desert!
California Desert Monuments Events
Visit Us At These Events
March 18-21, 2017
Joshua Tree Music Festival
Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground
Join MDLT at the Joshua Tree Music Festival for a celebration of desert life and music in our community. These intimate, family friendly experiences in the magical Mojave go deep to create positive and meaningful life-changing moments. The music is diverse, positive and potent; featuring artists on the rise. A happy, loving and egalitarian space is created, where the boundary between artist and audience is blurred.
Ongoing MDLT Events
Held periodically throughout the year, our Salvage Saturday events offer desert treasures gathered during our stewardship clean-up efforts in exchange for donations supporting our Land Stewardship Program. Check back for upcoming dates TBA.
MDLT Partner Events
May 27, 2017
Memorial Day Tribute
General Patton Memorial Museum
Join us for a Memorial Day Tribute at the General Patton Memorial Museum. County Supervisor John J. Benoit and Firefighter Sara Thomas will be receiving honors for their service.
March 16, 2017
Spring Eco-Discovery Tour
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Stroll along a half-mile boardwalk under a lush canopy of cottonwood and willow trees as Robin shares secrets of the same native plants that sustained the Serrano Indians who inhabited this exact site for centuries. Big Morongo Creek flows through the 39,000-acre wildlife preserve in Morongo Valley, now part of the Sand to Snow National Monument, and provides a lush oasis and freshwater marsh for migratory and resident songbirds, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and more. On this 3-hour stream-side excursion, Robin will identify native plants, and describe uses of these desert plants for food, medicine, tools, clothing, and shelter. Edible samples of the same plants collected elsewhere by Robin will be shared along the route. You will hear about underground, unseen root partners that connect the plants in the community, which help to sustain the entire ecosystem. Robin will explain how migratory birds travel to and through the oasis in an intricate dance based on day-length cues, hormone changes, stored fat, night skies, and magnetic particles in their brains to arrive precisely at this site each year. Birds and other wildlife that may cross our path will be identified, and Robin will reveal fun stories about each creature. Please call or email to reserve your spot; enrollment is limited to 15 adventurers.
Ongoing Morongo Basin Clean-Up Events
2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays
It is always a joy to get out in the desert in the early morning with a group of dedicated community-minded individuals to pick up trash and sometimes treasures along our roadsides to keep our community clean.
Join the Joshua Tree Clean Team every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesday, beginning at 7AM June-September and 8AM All Other Months.
Clean n’ Green Team
Join the Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s Clean n’ Green Team on the first Wednesday of every month during the cool season, beginning at 7AM.