Conservation Education and Research
The Committee is active in conservation education and in facilitating research that helps protect tortoise preserve lands. In 1980, the BLM built an Interpretive Center at the entrance to the DTRNA after extensive work on its design and content by Committee members. Each spring, the Committee staffs the Interpretative Center with a naturalist to help protect and interpret the site for visitors. Committee members and volunteers also maintain the DTRNA’s self-guiding nature trails, and conduct guided tours for schools, museums and other groups. The Virtual Field Trip shows Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee members and volunteers at work.
The Committee has launched the Mojave Desert Discovery Centers project, an ambitious desert-wide public education project. Educational kiosks located at desert visitor centers provide educational programs to people traveling through the desert. Focused on the desert tortoise, presentations also feature desert ecosystems and the impacts of human activities on fragile environmental systems.