The Mojave Desert occupies 35.000 square kilometers primarily within southeastern California and southern Nevada. Small areas also extend into Utah and Arizona. Its boundaries are generally noted by the presence of Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) which are native only to the Mojave Desert and are considered an indicator species. It is believed to support an additional 1,750 to 2,000 species of plants.
Besides some mammals like coyotes and bighorn sheep, numerous reptiles such as the California gopher tortoise and the Mojave rattlesnake can be found.

  • date

    09 – 18 June 2021

  • location

    Southern California

  • course duration

    10 days

  • course language

    German / English

  • minimum number of participants

    8 persons

  • course fee

    € 1.200, incl. all transfers in California

Expert-Guided Field Trip

Our itinerary leads us from Los Angeles to San Diego, where we visit the famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. From San Diego we continue east and cross impressive desert landscapes, encounter bizarre rock formations, salt-encrusted areas and mud-spitting geysers but also learn about the consequences of dam breaks, agriculture and tourism before we explore the unique landscape, fauna and flora of the Joshua Tree National Park.


US standard hotel/motel rooms; bookings by participants


e.g. Vienna – Los Angeles – Vienna; bookings by participants


binoculars/spotting scopes recommended

Program *

  • adaptations to extreme environments
  • life in a desert
  • threats to & conservation of endangered species
  • local conservation projects
  • San Diego Zoo & Safari Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • humans & wildlife
  • coastal estuaries

ECTS accredited with several universities

* GoWILD is only responsible for the program and its content. All travel arrangements and booking are left with participants. Program changes reserved

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