Explore Coachella Valley (2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2017-2018)
Friends of the Desert Mountains’ Explore Coachella Valley Program introduces children to the beauty and wonder of the natural world right here in the desert. Explore Coachella Valley is a growing outdoor education program that links the Next Generation Science Standards to hands-on, real-world observations of nature and natural phenomena. Our purpose is to get kids active and outdoors and engaging in scientific inquiry—all the while enjoying every moment of it! By reflecting on these positive, direct experiences with nature, kids begin to think critically about how humans and the natural environment are interdependent. Our goal is to get kids to connect with the land and all its creatures. By fostering that connection, our hope is that they will make conscious decisions that will enable both humans and the natural environment to thrive in the 21st century and beyond.