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Community Classes

Joshua Basin Water District is proud to offer many community classes throughout the year. Click below to read the descriptions of the classes. Scheduled classes will be posted on our website and in our monthly newsletter. 

Desert Edible Gardening 

Gardening in the desert is not for the faint of heart: extreme heat, extreme cold, extreme winds, extremely poor soil, extreme lack of rain, not to mention extremely hungry critters, all make for a meager family meal at the table.

Don’t despair!  In this class, you can learn some tricks that may make a difference in your edible bounty and with your enjoyment of gardening.

Designing a Drip Irrigation System 

In this class, you will learn about:

  • Micro Drip uses and benefits
  • Saving water using mulch
  • And, compost Basic micro drip, design, maintenance, …and more!
District Tours 

Periodically, the District offers official tours. Guests will board a private coach to go behind the scenes to view and discover the complicated world involving the delivery of safe drinking water.

Hospitality Industry 

Are you an owner/manager of a short-term or long-term rental? Are you looking for ways to lower your water bill, reduce plumbing expenses, and protect your septic system?  If so, this class is for you! 

In this class, you will learn:

  • How to minimize septic issues
  • Evaporative Cooler Efficiency 
  • Bathroom Tips
  • Kitchen Water Savers
  • Landscape & Irrigation Tips
  • Winterizing, and much more! 
Leak Detection 

Did you know... leaks can be present anywhere around the house? 
In this class, you will learn about the following:

  • The tools used to investigate leaks
  • How to read a water meter
  • How to locate and fix a leak
Propagation of Plant Cuttings 

In this class, you will learn about:

  • Native and water-wise plants that will respond to propagation via “cuttings”
  • Recommended techniques
  • Solutions and supplies
Summerize Outdoor Irrigation 

This class will help you learn how to learn How to “Summerize” your outdoor irrigation.

  • To prevent water waste
  • To maximize plant hydration
  • To save time and money
Water Wise Landscaping 

In this class you will learn about:

  • Micro Drip uses and benefits
  • Saving water using mulch and compost
  • How grading effects soil and water conservation
  • Saving time, water and money using native plants
  • Basic micro drip, design, maintenance, winterizing and summarizing …and more!
Wild Crafting 

In this class you will learn the art of Wild Crafting! 

  • Wild Crafting is the art of identifying, collecting, cleaning, and then propagating native botanical seeds.  While nature has the process down pat, desert gardeners are offered training annually to learn the tricks–because growing native plants can be tricky!
  • Did you know... That transplanting most native plants usually ends up “unhappily ever after?”  Native plants naturally pick their “sweet spot” to grow and thrive. They don’t want to be moved. That is why growing native plant seeds, first in a container, and then transplanting them, affords a higher success rate.

In this class: 

  • You will begin with a classroom overview, followed by a field excursion, then a classroom seed cleaning exercise combined with tips on a variety of propagation tips and shortcuts, ending in a final field trip to the Joshua Tree National Park  (JTNP) Nursery.  A special presentation module on "Invasive Plants" will be included by the JTNP.
  • Seeds collected during the class are forwarded to the JTNP Nursery and grown for the Annual Minerva Hoyt Native Plant Sale held each year during Water Education Day at the Joshua Basin Water District.  

This class will help you learn how to "Winterize your home, inside and out." 

  • Take steps to conserve energy by winterizing your home
  • How to properly insulate water pipes so they don’t freeze and burst during the cold winter days
  • What to use to save money, time, water, and damage to your property is open to all Morongo Basin Residents.
Xeriscaping 101 

Xeriscaping is the process of landscaping or, gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation.



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