A brand new area created in May 2018!!  This newly created shaded space on the south-west side of the lake will host key people and organisations within the Joshua Tree community covering topics relating to culture, art and sustainability. 

Amanda Jude 
Sowing Seeds of Stewardship      SUN 9:45am
Summary: Changing the world is an inside job! Changing our habits to change climate disaster can seem like a huge task, but really it's just a few smalls steps that we can all take together. Let's gather in a circle of optimistic stewardship to learn about how powerful we really are and what we can do with out own too hands to change the world. We'll get our hands dirty making seed balls and set intentions for ourselves, our community, and our planet. Come play in the dirt with us!

Cody Hanford
Desert Tortoise – SAT 11:15am
Cody is the Executive Director of Transition Habitat Conservancy, a non-profit land trust that works to protect transition zone and wildlife corridor ecosystems in the West Mojave Desert. He has lived and worked in the California Desert for 15 years. Transition Habitat Conservancy is a grassroots, non-profit organization that focuses on land acquisitions and habitat stewardship in the West Mojave. With the support of the local community, a dedicated board and staff, and successful partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, THC has acquired over 7,000 acres of important habitat and works to improve thousands of additional acres in Southern California. Learn more at

Joshua Tree National Park
JTNP Ranger Program (Kid Friendly Presentation) - FRI 3:45pm /SAT 12:30pm
"Explore, Learn, and Protect!" The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family.  The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity based program conducted in almost all parks, and some Junior Ranger programs are national. Many national parks offer young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service "family" as Junior Rangers. We are delighted to have the JTNP Park Rangers share their wealth of knowledge with us at the festival!

Joshua Tree National Park Association
The Joshua Tree National Park Association has been supporting preservation, scientific research and education at Joshua Tree National Park since 1962. As the park’s primary non-profit partner, we operate four Visitor Center bookstores that are often the first stop for visitors from around the world; offer a field institute with classes taught by experts in natural sciences, cultural history and the arts; and raise funds for the park though public events and our membership program.JTNPA booth is adjacent to the THIS LAND is YOUR LAND Pavilion all weekend.

Juniper Harrower
Merging Art & Science to Study the Joshua Tree - SAT 1:30pm
Juniper studies the complexities of species interactions under climate change as both an ecologist and an artist. As a PhD student in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz, her research focuses on the interactions between Joshua trees, their soil fungi, and moth pollinators in Joshua Tree National Park. She uses current science methods and multi-media art practices to investigate the outcomes of human influence on ecological systems. By approaching her study system through art and science, she hopes to better understand the form and function of the organisms as well as to share with others the hidden beauty of these threatened species interactions. Through this work she aims to encourage dialogue around social and environmental issues, to contribute to science theory, and to make thoughtful recommendations for policy and management. Learn more at

Kelly Crawford   
Joshua Tree Excursions - FRI 4:45pm
As owner and operator of Joshua Tree Excursions, Kelly has explored the National Park extensively. He will share with you tales from the far reaches of the park, insightful desert hiking info, and desert adventure knowledge.  His team provides un-paralleled discovery opportunities for all types of explorers. Find out more at

Megan Inae Thomas   
The Goodway Tribe – FRI 2:30pm & SUN 12:15pm
The GoodWay Tribe is committed to the regeneration, protection and sacredness of all lands and their peoples.  Humbly learning from Indigenous Matriarchs around the globe, and weaving their wisdom into a new approach on the current ecological crisis we are experiencing. Co-Founder and COO, Megan Thomas, is a ceremonial-shamanic artist and wholistic embodiment mentor by day, and a culture nerd, social activator & earth guardian by night.

Mojave Desert Land Trust 
Protecting the Mojave Desert Ecosystem – SAT 4pm
MDLT has conserved more than 70,000 acres of prime desert habitat, forever weaving together National Parks, wilderness areas, and wildlife linkage corridors. The organization works closely with a broad range of desert community members and visitors, as well as with local, state, and federal agencies. MDLT offers hands-on learning and volunteer opportunities to residents and visitors of the desert. It collaborates closely with, and is supported by, a diverse range of partner organizations, agencies, neighbors, and visitors who treasure the desert’s unique qualities.  The MDLT staff is wildly talented, creative, and devoted to the cause. BIG thanks to them for coming out to share with us at the festival !  Learn more at

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council
The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization with a 501(c)(3) status. The Arts Council’s mission is to inspire and enliven the community through the arts, and to enhance the cultural and economic health of the region. Their OPEN STUDIO Art Tours in October are a ‘not to be missed’ cultural event here in the high desert !  Stop by their booth next to the This Land Is Your Land pavillion

Robin Kobaly
Power of Plants – SAT 2:45pm
Robin is the President and co-founder of The Power of Plants and the Executive Director of The SummerTree Institute. A professional biologist with over thirty years of experience as an interpretive specialist, Robin designs and presents acclaimed events and programs for adults and children. The Power of Plants conducts ongoing natural history experiences, lectures and seminars across the country, and is dedicated to inspiring people to join in the thrill of knowing, protecting, planting, and using native plants of the American West.

Stephanie Dashiell
Desert Springs & Seeps – SAT 10am
Stephanie is a Project Director with The Nature Conservancy in California. Her work focuses on developing strategies to help California rapidly deploy renewable energy generation without unnecessarily sacrificing important lands and waters. Stephanie works with a large group of NGO, state and federal partners to ensure California has plans and policies to avoid and minimize these impacts as the state advances toward a clean energy future. She holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and a Bachelors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. Learn more at

Trash Pirates 
Trash Pirates Recycling  – FRI noon & SUN 1:30pm
Raising recycling consciousness, one festival at a time. Want to make your music festival experiences and life more environmentally friendly? The Trash Pirates have a guide on how to minimize your waste footprint. Re-Use not single-use.  Re-use all primary consumer goods.  De-package all items at the place of purchase.  When you see litter, pick it up! Boycott buying single-use products. Bring your own vessels (Cup, plate, etc.) EVERYWHERE you go.  The Pirates will regale you with more methods for helping PachaMama…..and they just might break out in to song.

Yehudah Rice
Tales from the PCT - FRI 1:15pm & SUN 11am
Explore the many long trails that run through North America, connecting National Parks and wild places, and focus on the formidable task of living on trail for 4-6 months. Yehudah will cover the logistical and psychological aspects to be expected and endured, thru hiking vs. section hiking, common trail ailments, gear, re-supply, and more. Yehudah will also recount some of the fascinating encounters, and experiences interacting with nature. Learn more at