Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park has fabulous trees and other plants and animals that have ways to survive in the desert climate.  There is plenty at Joshua Tree to wonder about and investigate.


Featured scientist and artist Juniper Harrower and her son take height measurements for Harrower’s study on the health and survival of Joshua trees at different elevations in Joshua Tree National Park

Featured scientist, Juniper Harrower, is conducting research on the interactions of moths and fungal networks in order to better understand Joshua tree survival at different elevations. It’s a complicated and fascinating look at what is happening around trees and out of sight, around their roots.

To see more of Juniper Harrower’s work, visit HeyJTree, a mock online dating site to meet Joshua trees from her ecology field research sites in Joshua Tree National Park.  


Meanwhile, resource manager and botanist Neil Frakes and his associate Nick Graver are leading a project to describe the condition of Joshua trees at more than 30 sites initially described by a masters student named Hogan.



Joshua Tree stop motion animation by scientist Juniper Harrower