The Hi-Desert Nature Museum was founded in 1964 by Evelyn Conklin; her father, Percy Conklin; Camilla Hudson, a long-time resident; and Jerry Moore, Community Services Director of the Parks and Recreation District. Evelyn Conklin served as Curator of the museum for 28 years. With the incorporation of the Town of Yucca Valley in 1991, the museum became a division of the Community Services Department. The museum has always been a family-oriented facility whose original purpose was to display and educate residents and visitors about the desert environment. The original collections consisted primarily of gifts from the community-at-large.Use our Yucca Valley trip itinerary planning site to arrange your visit to Hi-Desert Nature Museum and other attractions in Yucca Valley.
The museum started in an 800 square foot building in a local park. In 1973, it moved to its present location in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex. In 1989, an expansion was added to house taxidermy specimens in diorama settings.
For over 50 years the Hi-Desert Nature Museum has been dedicated to helping the citizens of the Morongo Basin and High Desert discover “with new eyes” the rich cultural heritage and natural history of this area. Generations of school children, students, and museum visitors have relied on the museum to inform, inspire, interpret, and entertain.
Hi-Desert Nature Museum Reviews
lots to see here. If you have kids, take them to see the toy exhibit before it leaves. They have live critters, a great short video on painted lady migration-you could spend 1 hour easy! more »
This is an easy to visit, small but interesting nature museum. Good people work there and volunteer there and they know their stuff when it comes to local ecology and nature. Nice exhibits and an occa... more »
Surprisingly neat museum! Plenty of cool animal exhibits, which I didn't expect. There's basically a tiny zoo in here! The art was neat, though not really my thing. I really liked the exhibit about desert geology and climate. And the staff is super welcoming!
What a little gem! We were visiting our family in Yucca Valley and more told about this Museum. The exhibits where nice and well put together. They also had a playroom for the children which had dress up costumes, plastic food, pots and pans and assorted games. Even though it was very small, they made good use of their space, it was free, very clean and well organized. We will definitely return if we are in the area again.
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