The barren hills in the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area create an interesting pattern across this desert landscape.
Desert cactus in bloom Dos Palmas Windmills at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains Firefighter working a prescribed burn Bighorn Sheep
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Environmental Education Program at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve  

Do you enjoy walks in a natural setting?  Do you enjoy learning more about our four-legged neighbors?  Do you enjoy sharing your experiences with children?  If you can say ‘yes’ to these questions, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve has a place for you!  You don't need to be an expert or even have a college degree, just a desire to enjoy one of our nation's most "Watchable Wildlife Sites."
In the Environmental Education Program at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, we offer programs of “field studies” for a diverse group of students grades K thru 12. These programs are a standards-based curriculum. Our goal is for the students to acquire a desire to enjoy, preserve and protect the environment.
In this program, volunteers are needed to assist with interpretive walks and help the children in studies designed to include hands-on activities in the education center. The sessions are usually 3 to 4 hours long during school hours. The days vary from month to month, with no holidays or weekends. Volunteers can choose the days they are available to help with the program.  For more information on how to help, please call Kc McKay, Director of Environmental Education, at (760) 285-3210.