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Land Monitor Training
for the Mojave Desert Land Trust


Learn Valuable Skills as a Volunteer Monitor during this Once-a-Year Opportunity!

Join Mojave Desert Land Trust on Saturday, September 22nd for the sixth season of Ranger Training for our Land Monitoring Program. The Training will be held from 9:00am to 3:30pm at Joshua Tree National Park’s Black Rock Nature Center in Yucca Valley, CA.

We need you! Volunteers play a central role in the Land Trust’s ability to ensure that donated lands are protected forever.


The land purchased by Mojave Desert Land Trust must be permanently monitored to ensure it remains undisturbed, even after it is donated to the National Park Service or other agency for management.

Volunteer Monitoring is a meaningful way to explore the great outdoors!

One of our Volunteer Rangers, Ray Roberts, had this to say about his experiences “I'm doing something useful, it feels good to contribute, and I enjoy meeting so many great people.”

Volunteer Monitoring Ranger Training will include:

Locating properties in the field using GPS units and topographic maps (veteran Rangers will be offered a GPS refresher course)

Monitoring properties and maintaining a written and photographic log

Documenting threats such as illegal use of off-highway vehicles and dumping

Documenting wildlife sightings for habitat modeling

Field safety and awareness course

Volunteer Prerequisites:

Able to hike an average of 3 miles off trail on moderate desert terrain

Have a vehicle to travel to Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve

Be comfortable navigating to remote desert properties with a GPS unit, road map, and topographic map

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - Space is limited and fills up quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Please contact MDLT Land Stewardship Coordinator, Mizuki Seita, at 760-366-0542 or

For more information about Mojave Desert Land Trust, please visit our website at or call 760-366-5440.

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