SOLAR TOWER ALMOST APPROVED: “SUBSTANTIAL ADVERSE IMPACT” TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Despite warnings from government agencies that a 75-story solar tower in the desert southeast of Joshua Tree National Park would have “significant unmitigated impacts to biological, cultural, and visual resources” and “substantial adverse impact” to the viewsheds of Joshua Tree National Park, a preliminary decision last Friday by a committee

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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY COMING AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act by volunteering at your national park on National Public Lands Day. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells us how you can help, and when…

“Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” This slogan describes our nation’s celebration of National Public Lands Day on

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MONDAY IS DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO

A reminder to the local Morongo Basin Art Community that this Monday is the deadline for submissions to the Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo. Reporter Diana Jones has details…

September 15 is the last day to submit an entry application for the Second Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art

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STAR PARTY TONIGHT AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party tonight. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:30 p.m. and end about 11 p.m. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center

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NATIONAL PARK OFFERS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Now that the heat of the summer is waning, more people are enjoying the national park in our back yard. Reporter Cara Conway says the Desert Institute offers several family-friendly classes in Joshua Tree National Park…

Learn the ins and outs of the Joshua Tree National Park from the Desert

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MONDAY IS DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO

A reminder to the local Morongo Basin Art Community that this Monday is the deadline for submissions to the Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details…

September 15 is the last day to submit an entry application for the Second Annual Joshua Tree National Park

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF WILDERNESS ACT

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law by President Johnson on September 3, 1964. The act established the National Wilderness Preservation System, which today encompass 758 wilderness areas covering more than 109 million acres in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Together, they represent

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CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Monday, Sept. 15, is the deadline to submit entries for the second annual juried Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition set for December in Twentynine Palms. Artists can go online to www.jtnparts.org and read the guidelines on the Call for Art page, then submit their entries online or download and

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THE NEW MOON, STARS, PLANETS, AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 30. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:00 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and

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APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RESEARCH GRANTS

Applications are being accepted for Joshua Tree national Park research Grants. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply… Graduate students interested in doing research on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park are invited to apply for the Robert Lee Graduate Student

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FREE PARK ENTRANCE TODAY FOR PARK SERVICES BIRTHDAY

The National Park Service is 98 years old today, and to celebrate, Joshua Tree National Park, along with the other 400 national parks, are waiving their entrance fees today. Joshua Tree National Park was established as a monument in 1936 to preserve the desert and its iconic trees, and then

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DESERT INSTITUTE TO OFFER NATURAL SCIENCES COURSES

The Desert Institute is offering fascinating classes about our Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Cara Conway tells you how to sign up for classes in Natural Sciences… Discover the vast selection of natural species in Joshua Tree National Park. Five courses—including topics on snakes and insects of the desert, lichen

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 16. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:00 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. The summer Milky Way begins to appear overhead as darkness falls. A special telescope will allow observers to see the Veil

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WRITING COURSE OFFERED BY DESERT INSTITUTE

The Desert Institute is offering writing courses in September. Reporter Cara Conway says these classes fill up fast so register soon… Write your heart out! Joshua Tree National Park is offering courses in Desert Haiku Writing, Observational Writing, and Unique Desert Writing! Grab a friend and enroll today in these

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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER MAY NOT BE THE BEST

A favorite annual celestial phenomenon will be a challenge this year. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Perseid meteor shower may not be at its best… The Perseid meteor shower is a favorite among sky-watchers, but this year’s meteor shower may not be the best in recent years. While you

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK READY FOR PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Joshua Tree National Park campgrounds are expected to be fuller during the Perseid Meteor Showers which peak August 9-13. Visitors are welcome to view the showers at various places in the park. Remember camping must be in a campground or in the backcountry by permit. A reminder that Ryan, White

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CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

The second annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held on December 5-7, at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A Call for Art has been issued for this year’s juried art exhibition, a highlight of the event, which features artwork depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLOSES COTTONWOOD VISITOR CENTER

The Cottonwood Visitor Center in Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close August 4 through August 15, due to road construction in the area. The closure will be Monday through Friday. The visitor center will be open the weekend of August 9-10 with a planned permanent reopening August 16. Pinto

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FIRST QUARTER MOON, MARS, SATURN AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY NIGHT

The public is invited for a tour of the lunar landscape, Mars and Saturn on this Saturday, August 2 at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center, just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms. This free event begins around 8:20 p.m. and continues

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DRONES NOW ILLEGAL IN JOSHUA TREE AND OTHER NATIONAL PARKS

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has signed a policy memorandum that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating drones, or unmanned aircraft, on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, including our own Joshua Tree National Park. “We embrace many activities in national parks because

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