The Living Desert is celebrating the Coachella Valleys native floral, geological and cultural history with "Go Native Day."
The event will run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The zoo aims to draw attention to its mission of desert conservation by lining up activities that will educate while promoting conservation.
“We believe this is the perfect time to take an extra step to raise awareness,”
President/CEO Stacey Johnson said in a statement. “It is important to honor our essential and unique Coachella Valley natives.”
"Go Native Day" attractions include:
- Free 1 gallon native plant (one per person) in the Palo Verde Garden Center
- 7:00 am - Early morning bird walk with Peter Siminski, Director of Conservation and Education at The Living Desert and Judi Green, Volunteer Program Manager at The Living Desert
- 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Cahuilla bird singers
- 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Book signing with desert naturalist and author Jim Cornett in the main gift shop
- 10:15 - 10:45 a.m. - A unique presentation “Geology of the Coachella Valley” by Harry Quinn, Geologist, Archaeologist, Paleontologist and Historian
- 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Special themed Wildlife Wonders Show
- 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Ethnobotanical Walk with Jennifer Purcell, Botanical Garden Registrar at The Living Desert
- 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. - Wildflower Slide Show with Kirk Anderson, Curator of Gardens at The Living Desert
- 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. - Propagating Native Plants with Bob Linstead, Plant Propagator, The Living Desert
- Face painting
- Kid’s Corner with coloring, drawing and brass rubbings of native flora and fauna
Admission is $17.25 general, $15.75 for seniors, military and AAA members, $8.75 for children age 3 to 12 and free to children under 3.
For more information, visit www.LivingDesert.org or call 760-346-5694.