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The Joshua Tree Experience



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    MORONGO VALLEY, CA - APRIL 12: A Joshua tree forest decays in Pipes Canyon Wilderness Preserve, where recovery from a massive 2005 wildfire that killed most of its iconic Joshua trees is further complicated by a drought-inducing record dry winter on April 12, 2007 near Morongo Valley, California. Now the 37-square-mile nature preserve is threatened by a proposed plan to build power lines and transmission towers, ironically, to deliver "green" energy Los Angeles from geothermal, solar, and nuclear sources in southeastern California, near the Salton Sea, and Arizona The 85-mile-long "Green Path" energy corridor, being pushed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to bring nonpolluting power to Los Angeles, would cut through two desert wildlife preserves, a national forest, and Pioneertown, a set used in the filming of countless westerns. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) and the mayor have been condemned by more than a dozen preservation and community groups for the project that threatens to destroy wildlife corridors, natural areas, and vistas. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Joshua Tree Experience: For those of you who have been to Joshua Tree National Park, you understand why it would be a dream.  Encompassing parts of both the Mojave and Colorado deserts, the park is named for the unique-looking Joshua trees that populate large swaths of the park. The “experience” is a two-day, fully catered fundraising event with enough outdoor activities to satisfy every nature lover's fondest desires.

    What are these activities we speak of: How does rock climbing, camping, hiking and yoga sound? Oh, and if you get tired of being active, then check out the New Belgium Brewery beer garden while treating your ears to San Diego musician Matt Commerce.  The catch? Just raise $350 for Outdoor Outreach’s programs.

    Down for the cause: Oh no, having flashbacks of begging my grandparents to buy wrapping paper five months before Christmas.  Luckily, fundraising has gotten a bit more sophisticated, especially since most local companies are more than willing to sponsor a good cause.  Outdoor Outreach provides around 700 underprivileged kids with the opportunity to partake in some 250 outdoor outings each year.