Joshua Tree National Park to Kickoff 75th Birthday Celebration Later This Month

The celebration of Joshua Tree National Park's 75th birthday kicks off Jan. 29.

A year-long celebration of Joshua Tree National Park's 75th birthday kicks off January 29 when a celebration is held at Copper Mountain College in the town of Joshua Tree.

The event, being held in partnership with the communities of the Morongo Basin, will be held at the Bell Center on the college campus. The park wishes to extend an invitation to the general public to attend the event and the planned activities for that day.

California public television personality Huell Howser will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

A musical prelude will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the formal event program to start promptly at 2:00 p.m. The 75th Anniversary program will include:

* Welcome by Copper Mountain College President Dr. Roger Wagner;

* Remarks by National Park Service Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz and the introduction of new Joshua Tree Superintendent Mark Butler, and;

* Presentation of the 2010 Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award by the Joshua Tree National Park Association.

A birthday cake for the park and refreshments will be served following the ceremony. If you'd like to attend, you'll need to RSVP by calling 75th Anniversary Coordinator
George Land at 760-367-5507. Please reply by January 24. Seating is limited.