Flora of Joshua Tree National Park: Wildflowers

Course Number: BPSC X420.5


1.5 units

Joshua Tree National Park contains excellent examples of the flora of both the Mojave and the Colorado Deserts as well as the habitat associated with the fan palm oasis. This course includes the identification of many of the major plants of the Park. It also includes the study of plants' adaptive mechanisms for desert survival, responses to precipitation and the effects of elevation and rainfall on the plant communities. Field trips are planned to the high and low desert regions of the Park, the Joshua Tree forest community, an area of creosote scrub, the fan palm oasis, and a riparian habitat.

Available Sections

Starting Mar 9


Starting Mar 9

Course Fees



Kurt Leuschner [ bio ]

close [x] Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Professor of Natural Resources, College of the Desert. His specialties include ornithology, entomology and desert ecology, and he has led hundreds of field trips both locally and as far afield as Africa. Mr. Leuschner also teaches natural history courses for the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and conservation organizations.


Fri, Sat, Sun 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Mar 9 - Mar 11, 2018

Fri. March 9, 6-8:30 pm, Sat., March 10, 8 am-4 pm, Sun., March 11, 8 am-1 pm

3 Meetings

Online Enrollment not available for this course. Please see section notes for instructions on how to enroll.


Field Site

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Section Notes:

Students are to register through the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. 760-367-5535, email or visit



"Mojae Desert Wildflowers"



No Prerequisites for this course

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