Desert Institute’s Slice of Science is a new program featuring lectures, presentations, demonstrations, and workshops by scientists and researchers who focus their efforts in desert environments.

This fall we’ll be hearing from recipients of research grants awarded by Joshua Tree National Park Association who are conducting fascinating research in Joshua Tree National Park. This is an opportunity to learn about challenges and situations that currently exist in the national park, and some of the ways the science community is responding. All Slice of Science programs are free and open to the public! No registration required, although it is appreciated.

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Our first presenter is Hannah Chu on October 6th. She’s been researching blow flies–yes, those pesky ones that like to join your picnics. After a brief introduction to fly behavior and the important role they play in ecosystems, participants will take part in an experimental painting workshop, using maggots (baby blow flies) as a medium for creating unique images through their movements across the canvas. The workshop begins at 6p and is kid-friendly, families welcome!

Slice of Science programs take place on select Friday evenings at Joshua Tree National Park Association, 55922 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. Questions? Drop us a message at or give us a call at 760-819-4714.

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