A SPECIAL & SPOOKY HALLOWEEN CAMPOUT FOR FAMILIES AT JOSHUA TREE

SUMMARY

TRIP ·

3-day car camping trip

FOR ·

Families who love to camp or are new to camping!

VIBE ·

Chill & fun

COST ·

$349 per family (includes national park visitor fee, group campsite reservation, nature workshops, wilderness training & family-friendly activities!)

2.5 hours from LA

DRIVE ·

DATES ·

October 29 - 31, 2021 (Friday - Sunday)

PETS ·

Not allowed at camp or on trails

CAMP

SPEND THE NIGHT AT THE EXCLUSIVE LOST HORSE CAMPGROUND IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Lost Horse campground is normally only reserved by park rangers at Joshua Tree National Park, but thanks to the Desert Institute, our campers will have a chance to stay in this special area for our three-day, two night group campout. There are picnic tables, fire pits & restrooms available on-site. All campers are responsible for bringing their own water.

Check-in: Noon| Check-out: Noon​
 

ITINERARY

FRIDAY
12:30 PM - CHECK-IN & MEET AT LOST HORSE CAMPGROUND

1 PM - SET UP CAMP & SETTLE IN

- Set up camp, meet other families & explore the campground

2 PM - WELCOME & OPENING GAMES

3 PM - INTRO TO CAMPING SESSION

- Offered by the lovely team at The Desert Institute

- Learn the ins and outs of how to enjoy sleeping in the outdoors!

4 - 5 PM - EVENING WALK

6 PM - PREP & ENJOY DINNER

7:30 PM - STORY TIME & STARGAZING
SATURDAY
8 AM - COOK UP BREKKIE 

- We'll have all the ingredients for a breakfast buffet 

9 - 11 AM - NATURE HIKE
- A flat, easy stroll down by the sand dunes. We'll have a special activity in store for kids too!

11:30 AM - LUNCH

1 PM - GROUP GAMES

2 PM - ARTS & CRAFTS 

3 PM - AFTERNOON BREAK  

- Spend the afternoon exploring Joshua Tree National Park

5:30 PM - PREP & COOK UP DINNER​
8 PM - A SPOOKY NIGHT HIKE

- Bring your headlamps!

SUNDAY
8 AM - COOK UP & ENJOY BREKKIE
9 AM - GROUP HIKE
10 AM - GROUP GOODBYES
11 AM - PACK UP & CHECK OUT BEFORE NOON

- Clean up around camp and throw away any random pieces of litter

HEAD HOME!

GEAR

ESSENTIALS
CLOTHING
ACCESSORIES

MEET THE CREW

CARYN DAVIDSON

For 19 years I worked in the education branch of Joshua Tree National

Park, presenting natural and cultural history programs to students preK-12th grade. I was the park liaison for the Artist-in-Residence program, which provided artists selected from a broad spectrum of media the opportunity to live in the park

and focus on their work.

Following my retirement in 2017, I held the position of Director of Environmental

Education at Big Morongo Preserve. In the past two years I have worked as an assistant hike leader for Road Scholar, and have taught for the Desert Institute, the adult education branch of the Joshua Tree National Park Association.

I hold a master's degree in French Language and Literature from UCLA, and

worked for the French Consulate in Los Angeles before moving to the desert

in 1987. In my free time I enjoy hiking, yoga, photography, and creative writing.

JEANNIE LEE

I'm a teacher, writer, naturalist, and mother who has an abiding love of children and the outdoors. I've led bike tours through New England and in France with teenagers; as a naturalist for Naturalist at Large with school programs; and as a Director of Programs and Lead Instructor for Earthroots Field School where I created and developed the first forest kindergarten in Orange County.

I've also worked in the public school world teaching middle school English and math and is currently a Waldorf grades teacher teaching seventh grade. For fun, I love to camp, backpack, and swim in the ocean. I live with my husband and son in Aliso Viejo and my grown daughter is nearby in LA.

KEVIN WONG

As the Director of the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, I create, market, and implement adult educational programs in the national park on topics of natural science, cultural history, “how-to” classes, women’s programs, and creative arts classes. Program participants come from all over the country.

I was recently chosen to participate in the mentorship program of the Desert Communities Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals. I also hold a California teaching certificate in Marketing. Prior to working in the Southern California deserts, I lived on the ocean designing scuba equipment, teaching scuba diving at the Ecuadorian Oceanographic Institute, and treasure hunting for Spanish galleons in the Bahamas and in South America.

YVONNE LEOW

Hello, hello! I grew up in Washington State, but didn't fall in love with the outdoors until I moved to SF in 2015! Hiking the 200+ mile John Muir Trail was a personal game changer, and I've since been mountaineering, spending the past couple of seasons learning how to ski & trying out rock climbing! For the past 1.5 years, I've been living in June Lake, CA and I've been spending my days thinking about how to make the outdoors more accessible for all, and, of course, plotting my next outdoor adventure :)

ANN MURDY

I love camping, hiking, and volunteering with the Desert Institute of Joshua Tree National Park. Extended camping trips were a regular part of raising my family.  I have always loved the challenge of planning a great outing. As a retired elementary teacher I now have time to share my love of this special place. I see volunteering as a way to give back and currently work with the JOSAR, the Parks search and rescue team as well as a trail monitoring crew. 

LANA DORMAN

I am a retired clinical psychologist.  While in practice, I worked primarily with children and families. My family (sister and brother in law's parents) moved to Joshua Tree in 1998, and I fell in love with the Park and hiking. I retired to Joshua Tree 3 years ago. When not hiking, I learn as much as possible about the fauna, flora and geology of the area. Having taken Desert Institute classes in the past; I am excited to be volunteering for the first time.

Besides hiking, I enjoy yoga and reading, especially mysteries.

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