Thursday, March 24, 2016

Celebrating Art- Wilson Jr High Art Fest

-from the Education Coordinator

This Tuesday was Wilson Junior High's Annual Art Fair, and the Imperial Valley Desert Museum's History On The Go program was there!  414 participants stopped by our booth this year to learn how to make a coiled clay pot

414 people in 3 hours came by our booth

There were kids of all ages, and some adults, getting their hands dirty to make ceramic pieces. The fair was packed with members of the community as the fair continues to grow every year. Students from around the valley are able to bring their art work to be displayed, and then at the interactive booths, like the one IVDM ran, are able to make brand new pieces of art work. There are also live performances of cheer, dance, and music.
Thanks to Kohl's Cares Associates for volunteering!

Having the booth at these fairs would, of course, not be possible without the support of our wonderful volunteers and staff. A very special thanks to Albert Lutz, Angelina Coble, Neil Zinn, and Sue Hess for helping us make this happen. A huge difference was made by Alejandra, Priscilla, Valerie, Amanda, and Jeffery from Kohl's in El Centro, who volunteered through the Kohl's Cares Associates in Action volunteer program.  Through this program Kohl's Associates donate their personal time to helping support their local communities and non-profit organizations.  Kohl's also awarded the Imperial Valley Desert Museum with a $500 grant to support youth art programs.  This grant money will go towards supporting the coiled clay program, ensuring that there are enough supplies to last for many future events. Thanks Volunteers!   

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Girl Scouts Hike Fossil Canyon

-from our Education Coordinator

Today, our Education Coordinator, Marcie Rodriguez, took Girl Scout Troop 7030 out on a hike to Fossil Canyon, in the Coyote Mountains. This canyon gives a wonderful geologic perspective on Imperial County. Because of the volcanic activity that existed here 17 million years ago, you can see the layer of black volcanic rock, known as basalt, laying on top of the mountain, rather than below where it usually sits.

The beginning part of the trail is an easy walking trail, one most anyone can do. The girls, and their families, began from a Bureau of Land Management road, and walked into the canyon. From there, they hiked along the inside of

the base of the canyon, till we got to a basalt formation that is a dried waterfall. The girls were adventurous, and decided from there they wanted to try to climb the mountain! They made it almost to the top, before the trail became too rough. After that, they hiked back down to bottom, to have a picnic lunch. Even the lunch was an adventure, as the everyone sat and ate
under a slip strike fault.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Donate by Shopping!

-from the Curator

Did you know that donating to the Imperial Valley Desert Museum can be as fun and easy as shopping on  Now when you shop through Amazon will donate 0.5% of your total to the museum.  Every little bit helps us keep the museum running and staffed, so please remember us when you're shopping.

Thanks! Your support is appreciated!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

IVDM on the News

-from the Curator

Roy Dorantes films volunteers curating 
Today KECY news reporter Roy Dorantes came out from Yuma to film a story about the Imperial Valley Desert Museum.  He asked questions about what we do here at the museum, what some of the highlights of the museum are, and our mission to bring the museum out of the walls of the building and encourage people to explore and connect with the desert. 
SDSU student Edgar Bernal-Sevilla was in the museum today doing research on the Morlin Childers collection and spoke to Dorantes.  "It's a great place to be, and has had a huge impact on my education. It's a rare opportunity to do research." Edgar said.

Roy Dorantes and Ramses #Ramseselfie
He even took a moment to pose with Ramses! Look on tonight's news (6,7pm CA time, 7,8pm AZ time) channel 5, 11, and 13 and tomorrow's Telemundo to see the story.