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The Living Desert

The Living Desert was established in 1970 by several trustees of the Palm Springs Desert Museum who foresaw the impact that resort development would have on their local desert ecosystem.

This foresight led to an interpretive nature trail and preserve in Palm Desert. Among the trustees was Philip L. Boyd who also founded the Riverside campus of the University of California and the Deep Canyon Research Station in Palm Desert.

Among his first tasks was to hire a resident naturalist. This person turned out to be a young woman with energy, intelligence and ambition, as well as experience as a zoo keeper and park ranger, plus graduate work in wildlife biology.

Karen Sausman was President and CEO of The Living Desert for forty years and has recently retired.

The vision that built The Living Desert and the love of the desert shared by Phillip Boyd, Karen Sausman, our members, volunteers, staff, trustees, and friends, will be carried forward by our new President and CEO, Allen Monroe.

47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Place Type

Museums, Zoo, Programming and Social Places

Phone

760-346-5694

Hours

Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Website

livingdesert.org

Upcoming Events

Train Day at The Living Desert 2017

Join The Living Desert May 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate National Train Day. A free conductor hat will be given away to those attending, while...

5/6 9am
National Public Gardens Day 2017

Free to members and with paid admission National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of our...

5/12 9am

Recent Events

WildLights

12/23/2016

Recent Activity

Carissa Cascio

Carissa Cascio posted a photo 9/28/2016

Carissa Cascio

Carissa Cascio posted a photo 9/28/2016

Carissa Cascio

Carissa Cascio posted a photo 9/28/2016

The Living Desert

The Living Desert posted a photo 11/14/2014