Public courses at the DSC

Anyone can be a student at the Desert Studies Center! The DSC hosts several weekend-long courses on various topics related to the Mojave Desert. These courses are great for educators, practicing professionals, and anyone interested in diving into Mojave natural history.

Course listings and registration are available through the UC Riverside Extension OfficeOpens in new window . Course fees include meals and lodging at the Desert Studies Center. Listings are typically posted 3-6 months in advance.

Currently our course offerings are on hold due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, but check back regularly!

HerpetologyPast course offerings have included:

  • Southwestern Desert Bats
  • Birds of the Mojave Desert
  • Mammal Tracking in the Mojave
  • Photographing the Eastern Mojave Desert
  • The Art and Science of Flintknapping
  • Insects and Other Arthropods of the Eastern Mojave
  • Reptiles of the Eastern Mojave
  • ...and more!