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Yosemite Climbing Association, Friends of Joshua Tree and Cliffhanger Guides are partnering up to bring Facelift: Act Local to Joshua Tree National Park gateway communities this October 22! This will be a great day of stewardship and volunteerism, with community clean-ups and trail projects.

Volunteers will meet at Mojave Desert Land Trust headquarters at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and registration and then be divided into groups for trail works and cleanup projects which will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Everyone will be welcomed back to Mojave Desert Land headquarters at the end of the day for a very fun appreciation after party from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Register today!

Experience Joshua Tree National Park on the last Fee-Free Day of 2022! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. The last Fee-Free Day of 2022 will be on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

National parks are America’s best idea, and more than 400 parks are available to everyone daily. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. Free or discounted passes are also available for senior citizens, current military members, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series.

Climb Smart takes place inside Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP), offering education, stewardship, and connection to the climbing community. As in years past, the weekend activities will all take place at the Indian Cove Campground and Amphitheater.

During the weekend, you will experience:

Friends of Joshua Tree is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historical tradition of climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. Friends of Joshua Tree advocates, communicates, and encourages ethical and environmentally sound climbing practices. We work to educate park management and visitors on climbing and climbing-related issues.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit the Friends of Joshua Tree’s website.

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023

Hosted in partnership with the City of 29 PalmsJoshua Tree National Park, and the 29 Palms Marine Base, the annual Joshua Tree 55 cycling event is considered one of the most challenging and scenic rides of the year, with a 55-mile out-and-back course that offers cyclists an incredible way to experience and explore southern California’s most iconic National Park.

The 55-mile ride starts and ends at Knott’s Sky Park in the City of 29 Palms and takes cyclists into Joshua Tree National Park through the north park entrance and along Park Blvd. From Skull Rock and Jumbo Rock to Cap Rock and the beautiful lookout point of Keys View, cyclists enjoy many of the park’s iconic natural wonders and features throughout the 55-mile course.

The 6th Annual Joshua Tree 55 takes place on Saturday, April 29, 2023. It is the only sanctioned event in Joshua Tree National Park and is not a timed race. Cyclists are supported by 5 SAG stops along the course and have 6 hours to complete the ride, which begins promptly at 6:00 a.m.

Early bird registration for this annual ride begins Monday, August 1, 2022. Registration includes a JT55 t-shirt, swag bag, lunch, and opportunity drawing tickets. This event draws cyclists from all over California and beyond, and it is recommended that lodging be booked in advance. 29 Palms offers the area’s best and biggest collection of lodging, from national brand hotels to historic inns and motels, an RV resort, and a vibrant variety of vacation rentals.

For more information about the annual Joshua Tree 55, please contact the City of 29 Palms Parks and Recreation Department by phone at (760) 367-7562.

HIKING MY FEELINGS: TRAIL OF LIFE – SELF REFLECTION WORKSHOP w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Do you want to “recalibrate” yourself after a year of pandemic isolation?

What have you survived and celebrated on your Trail of Life so far? How can you connect the dots on your lived experience to move into the new year with intention? Sydney and Barry Williams have been hiking and brainstorming for years, and it has revolutionized the way they live their lives and the way they do business. By combining mindset techniques acquired as a Division 1 athlete, competitive skydiver, and corporate executive, incorporating playful techniques from improv (“yes, and!”), and encouraging mindful movement, they’ve developed a self-reflection format to help you unlock your best ideas, open the flow of creativity, and bring your best self to life, love, and work. Join them for a judgment-free weekend where transformational healing is possible. They introduce participants to mindfulness and the healing power of nature, and the results are lasting improvements to mental, physical, and spiritual health.

About the Instructor: When former collegiate athlete and competitive skydiver Sydney Williams unexpectedly found herself on the receiving end of a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis while grappling with unresolved trauma from a decades-old sexual assault, she set out on a mission: turn her pain into power. Two hikes across Catalina Island and 80 miles later, she founded Hiking My Feelings® to help others tap into the mind-body connection and healing power of nature that helped kick her self-limiting beliefs and disease into remission.

With more than 12 years of marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies and emerging brands, Sydney uses her “truth juice” storytelling style to break wide-open tough conversations with practical, powerful content and experiences. Over the years, she’s been featured on the SXSW stage and in Health Magazine, Diabetic Living Magazine, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and numerous other publications. Today, she is the author of Hiking My Feelings: Stepping Into the Healing Power of Nature and travels across the country, empowering others to summit their personal mountains on their way to becoming Well Beings.

Register today for the “Hiking My Feelings: Trail of Life – Self Reflection Workshop” wilderness wellness course!

HIKING MY FEELINGS: INNER WILDERNESS w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Do you want to “recalibrate” yourself after a year of pandemic isolation?

How can we draw inspiration from the natural world to better manage stress, emotions, and mindfulness? What is possible when we get intentional about our time spent in the desert and equate the outer wilderness with our inner wilderness?

Join Sydney Williams, author and founder of Hiking My Feelings, for a weekend of wilderness wellness at Joshua Tree National Park. Through hiking, mindfulness activities, self-reflection practices, and community connection, participants can look forward to unearthing a connection to themselves, each other, and the world around them. Sydney’s proven framework for tapping into the healing power of nature will empower you to build resilience, self-trust, compassion, and empathy. Integrating the skills learned in the park into your daily life back at home will help reduce stress, improve your mindset, and help you feel connected to something bigger than yourself.

About the Instructor: When former collegiate athlete and competitive skydiver Sydney Williams unexpectedly found herself on the receiving end of a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis while grappling with unresolved trauma from a decades-old sexual assault, she set out on a mission: turn her pain into power. Two hikes across Catalina Island and 80 miles later, she founded Hiking My Feelings® to help others tap into the mind-body connection and healing power of nature that helped kick her self-limiting beliefs and disease into remission.

With more than 12 years of marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies and emerging brands, Sydney uses her “truth juice” storytelling style to break wide-open tough conversations with practical, powerful content and experiences. Over the years, she’s been featured on the SXSW stage and in Health Magazine, Diabetic Living Magazine, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and numerous other publications. Today, she is the author of Hiking My Feelings: Stepping Into the Healing Power of Nature and travels across the country, empowering others to summit their personal mountains on their way to becoming Well Beings.

The Joshua Tree Writers Festival is presented by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. This event is a celebration of writers, books, readers, and ideas inspired by our deserts and Joshua Tree National Park. Writers Ruth Nolan and Claire Vaye Watkins will be keynote panelists, along with an impressive group of writers who will read from their works. These writers include Caryn Davidson, Susan Rukeyser, Rahsaan Diaz, Chris Clarke, Gordon Johnson, and many more. This event will be held in the Sanctuary of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, which is an octagonal-shaped room with excellent acoustics. Registration includes access to three special programs on Sunday. These programs include a visit to the petroglyphs of Coyote Hole, a special hike at the Pioneertown Preserve, and the class “Field Sketching for Non-Artists.” Don’t miss this wonderful weekend of writers, creative exploration, and outdoor adventures. Register today for the Joshua Tree Writers Festival!

Archaeopalooza is sponsored by the Copper Mountain Community College District.

Archaeopalooza is a free, family-friendly program to celebrate California Archaeology Month and is a tribute to the Desert Institute’s long-time instructor, Daniel McCarthy. There will be ongoing lectures on archaeological topics in the lecture hall, along with 20 community outreach tables in the adjoining gymnasium. Programs for children include an archaeology “dig box,” archaeological artifacts for “show-and-tell,” a variety of games provided by rangers from Joshua Tree National Park, and pinch pot demonstrations provided by Tony Soares. This is a great event to teach young people about the science of archaeology and the native Americans who live in the Southern California deserts.

Learn more about Archaeopalooza here!

WINTER LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHING DESERT PRESERVES w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Join Desert Institute for a day of photography in two special desert places off the beaten track: Whitewater Preserve and the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.

Winter is an excellent season to photograph the low desert, with its cool temperatures, longer shadows, and views of distant peaks.

The day consists of photographic field sessions, group instruction, and one-on-one assistance from your instructor. You will learn tips and techniques for controlling sharpness, exposure, making panoramic photographs, and using lenses, along with creative exercises in photographing the desert landscape. Class begins in the morning, close to the rugged cliffs of Whitewater Preserve. After lunch, the class will relocate to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve for afternoon field sessions among the cottonwoods. Hiking at each preserve is easy – to moderate; you will be walking on trails that are mainly level. Participants are encouraged to bring a tripod with their camera(s).

About the Instructor: Craig Fucile, B.A., Physical Geography, currently teaches photography for the University of California, Riverside Extension. He has also taught for UC Irvine Extension, UC Santa Cruz Extension, the University of La Verne, the Sierra Club, and Friends of Photography. A long-time instructor, Fucile has taught numerous photography workshops on western landscapes that he enjoys photographing, including Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Eastern Mojave, Owens Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Anza-Borrego, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. During Fall 2017, he was an artist in residence for Angeles National Forest/ San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. He received the Fall 2010 Instructor Excellence Award from UC Riverside Extension and the 2007 Distinguished Instructor Award from UC Irvine Extension.

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO INCREDIBLE IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Join Joshua Tree-based photographer and artist Rose Cefalu for an evening of iPhone photography!

Participants will meet Rose at her workshop and organize a walk to a beloved trail location. Before leaving, you will learn some of the awesome power of the iPhone. She will also talk about design basics, like “Rule of Thirds” and “perspective,” to maximize the potential of images. In the last hour of class, you will edit your pictures in her workshop, print them 8.5 x 11, and mount them in a white beveled 11 x 14 mat suitable for framing. Students will explore the power of image maximizing the iPhone in conventional and unconventional ways. No prior photography experience is needed; all levels are welcome. All printing materials and supplies are included in the course fee.

About the Instructor: Every day, you can find Rose Cefalu obsessing over her iPhone photos and over-posting on Instagram. She thinks about traveling, taking pictures, printing imagery, and mixing new colors in her spare time. In 2019 Rose launched a cyanotype workshop to get her “ hands dirty” again and reintroduce this vintage art form to a new audience interested in becoming skilled with alternative photographic processes. Rose has been a guest lecturer worldwide for 12 years as adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of California at both Hollywood and Los Angeles campuses. She is also producing award-winning content at a variety of outlets. Currently, Rose is the Photography Director at Emmy magazine. Her work is on display throughout various galleries and stores in the high desert. She is also a yearly participant of MBCAC’s Art Tours, where she opens her studio and home.

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