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Black Rock Lecture Series
by the Desert Institute


Yucca Valley, CA, September 11, 2012 – The Desert Institute announces the 2012 - 2013 Black Rock Lecture Series. Featured are experts on natural science and cultural history topics pertaining to Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding desert lands. Lectures will be held at the Black Rock Canyon Campground Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon, Yucca Valley, and begin at 7 p.m. Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Desert Institute at 760-367-5535 or

October 19 John Muir and the Personal Experience of Nature

James Bryant, Curator of Natural History, Riverside Metropolitan Museum

November 16 Gifford Pinchot & the Making of Modern Environmentalism

Char Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College

January 18 Surveying Future Development Sites for Tortoise Habitats

Ed LaRue, Biologist, Desert Tortoise Council

February 15 History of Settlers in Joshua Tree National Park

Theodore Gordon, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Riverside

March 15 Conservation of Pipes Canyon Through Literature

Susan Lang, Author of Small Rocks Rising, Juniper Blue and Moon Lily

April 19 Wildflower Wanderings - Spring of 2013

Darrell Shade, Naturalist, Educator

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