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Celebrate National Public Lands Day With MDLT!

Mojave Desert Land Trust Launches its 10th Season of the Land Stewardship Program with the Volunteer Monitoring Ranger Training School 

A specialty training course for volunteers on MDLT’s Samsung Galaxy Tablets will be provided by MDLT field professionals and lead volunteer monitoring rangers. If you have a passion for navigating and stewarding the wide open spaces, you won’t want to miss this training!

Volunteer Monitor Training Dates:

  • Introduction and Field Readiness Training: Friday, September 23rd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the MDLT Headquarters, 60124 29 Palms Hwy Joshua Tree, CA
  • Tablet Training and Field Exercise: Saturday, September 24th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the MDLT Headquarters and our neighboring Section 33 Land Parcel.

For more information and to RSVP please contact MDLT Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator: Missy Boyd at 760-366-5440 or email

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve National Public Lands Day
11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley, CA 92252

Saturday, September 24th from 8am-12pm join MDLT and our conservation partners as we celebrate the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, gateway to the new Sand to Snow National Monument. Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your community by pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, installing signs, and more.

For more information or to RSVP please call (760) 833-7106 or email Click on the flyer to the left for more event details.

Come Visit MDLT’s Table at These Fabulous Events

Desert Star Festival at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
53688 Pioneertown Rd. Pioneertown, CA 92268

  • Friday September 23rd & Saturday September 24th
  • 3 stages / camp on site / 30+ acts
  • Gates open @ 12pm both days
  • Click here event information and to buy your tickets

Yucca Mesa Community Center Mesa Fest
3133 Balsa Ave. Yucca Valley, CA 92284

  • Saturday September 24th 2016 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Click here for event information

Save These Upcoming Dates & Stay Tuned For Further Details!

MDLT CA Desert Monuments Events

  • Saturday, October 15-16 Castle Mountains Excursion and Overnight Campout in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial
  • Saturday, December 3: Sand to Snow National Monument Hike & Outing with special guests      

MDLT Fall Gratitude Gathering Events

  • Saturday, November 12: 9am-2pm




Salvage Saturdays: Held periodically throughout the year, our Salvage Saturday events offer desert treasures gathered during our stewardship clean-up efforts in exchange for donations supporting our Land Stewardship Program. Check back for upcoming dates TBA.

Ongoing Morongo Basin Clean-up Events

Clean Team

It is always a joy to get out in the desert in the early morning with a group of dedicated community-minded individuals to pick up trash and sometimes treasures along our roadsides to keep our community clean. 

Join the Joshua Tree Clean Team every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesday, beginning at 7AM June-September and 8AM All Other Months

Click here for the 2016 schedule (PDF)

Clean n' Green Team

Join the Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s Clean n’ Green Team on the first Wednesday of every month during the cool season, beginning at 7AM.

Click here for dates and locations:


Painting © Diane Best
Landscape painting of the great Mojave Desert by Diane Best.

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