Joshua trees can live for hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of years in one of the U.S.’s most extreme climates: the Mojave Desert.
Climate change could dramatically reshape the fate of the Joshua tree. One model predicts that, if temperatures rise at the predicted rate, this iconic tree will disappear from 90% of its current range in California’s Joshua Tree National Park by the end of the century. Extinction for this tree—and many other desert species—is a real possibility.
Help scientists understand and preserve the fragile Mojave Desert by joining Joshua Tree National Park’s first long-term monitoring project. Hike among stunning rock formations as you identify and measure plants, including pinyon pines, junipers, and, of course, Joshua trees. You’ll also document sightings of the park’s resident reptiles, such as iguanas and desert tortoises, and birds, such as wrens and quails.
Under the expert guidance of two researchers with a combined 50 years of experience in the field, you’ll have the chance to interpret and shape the future of one of the natural world’s most precious places.