Explore the Golden Bee Mine
Saturday, March 4, 7 AM – 2 PM
What do honeybees have to do with gold mining? Find out the answer on our hike to the site of the Golden Bee Mine, located in the Hexie Mountains in Joshua Tree National Park. This moderate hike is approximately 6 miles out and back with some cross-country hiking required. The last section follows a rocky old mining road with a steep, 800 ft. elevation gain at the end. At the Golden Bee Mine site, we’ll see the mine entrance, remains of some equipment, camps, and the office area. We will learn about it’s history, the miners who ran it, and about gold mining process
The area that now comprises Joshua Tree National Park attracted cattle ranchers in the mid-1800s as a place to graze cattle. Mining activity began in the region around the 1870s reaching its peak during the 1920s and 1930s. Gold was the main objective, but quantities of silver, copper, lead, and other metals were also mined. A few active claims lingered into the 1970s before mining activity ceased. Approximately 288 mining sites are located within the current park boundaries. Some consist of small exploratory digs while other sites still have extensive shafts, abandoned mining and milling equipment, tanks, concrete, wood, and stone structures. Activity Level: Hard
Flora of Joshua Tree National Park
Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March, 12
Students in this informal but purposeful class will have the opportunity to observe many of the flowering plants in Joshua Tree National Park and learn their names and something about their different places in the park’s greater plant community. Discussions in the field will also include plant families, pollinators and other insect associations, and general natural history. In addition, students will gain familiarity with the tools necessary to identify plants on their own.