Project Summary

Project Category: Other

Number of Participants: Fewer than 50

Duration of Project: 1-4 Hours

Cost: None

Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoor

Service Opportunities: Project or Activity

Location: 51-500 Highway 74
Palm Desert CA 92260 MAP LINK

Project Contact:
Jennifer Prado


The mission of the Friends of the Desert Mountains is to preserve land, to support education, conservation and research in the Coachella Valley, and to act as the support organization for the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

Impact: Acquire: Since our first land acquisition more than 15 years ago, Friends has either directly acquired or played a significant partnership role in the acquisition and conservation of over 50,000 acres of land in and around the Coachella Valley. Preserve: Friends recognizes the responsibilities that go along with property ownership. Our property management and monitoring program uses staff, volunteers, technology and just plain hard work to catalog, inspect, clean when necessary, construct barriers if required to prevent future damage, and report on the status of the land. Support: Since the establishment of the Santa Rosa and Santa Jacinto Mountains National Monument in 2000, Friends has acted as the support group for this 280,000 acre natural landmark. Our support role includes working closely with our partners, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service, to ensure that all visitors to the area are exposed to the myriad of biological, aesthetic and cultural qualities that make this landscape so precious. We also have an active volunteer program; we work with various local agencies with interests in conservation and education and we strive to build a greater support structure for conservation throughout the valley. Educate: Education is at the heart of the Friends’ mission. We believe that education is key to ensuring that today’s success will be supported by tomorrow’s leaders. Friends, through grants and contributions such as yours, supports various educational programs throughout the Coachella Valley. But Friends goes beyond funding. We offer educational hikes, nature talks, and work with schools to share the wonder of the desert. Our dedicated volunteers enjoy learning and sharing their knowledge with others! Education is our passion. Conserve: Conservation is the framework on which we are built. Our goals are basic: land that we acquire is set aside in perpetuity to protect its biological, cultural, scenic, and/or recreational values for present and future generations. Our approach is simple; we only acquire land from willing sellers. Research: As an active partner with the science community, Friends has the opportunity to fund, organize and participate in a variety of programs that help to enlighten and broaden the public’s understanding of the land that we all call home. Our conservation lands are available for use by researchers, providing opportunities to share these natural classrooms with our partners to pursue conservation, natural science and cultural studies.

Project Availability:

Volunteer Responsibilities: Lead a group of volunteers on projects (e.g., pulling weeds, cleaning up garbage, etc.)

Attire: Hiking boots, Long Sleeves, Long Pants, Hats, Gloves

F&B Provided for Volunteers: Yes

Option to Move Project to a Different Location: No

Friends of the Desert Mountains