Special events at the UCR Palm Desert Center!  

But wait, there's more!

The crowds for weekend one of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival have come and gone, but we're still here! And you don't need a wristband to be in our VIP section. Come see all the free lectures, film screenings, and special events at the UCR Palm Desert Center!  



Science Lecture Series  

UCR College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences      


Canaries in a Coal Mine: Climate Change and Pollinators

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19


Join us as UCR Professor S. Hollis Woodard tells us how pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and moths play important roles in many natural and agricultural ecosystems. However, worldwide, many pollinator populations appear to be in decline. The decline of wild pollinators is being driven in part by land use change, global warming, and pesticides, and poses a serious threat to human food security and environmental sustainability. In this presentation, the relationships between global change and pollinators are discussed, as well as how pollinators can be bioindicators of overall ecosystem health, and what practical steps can be taken to help support pollinator populations.


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City of Palm Desert art documentary film series 

A Model for Matisse      


6 p.m. Thursday, April 21


Directed by Barbara Freed, A Model for Matisse documents the association between the nun Sister Jacques-Marie and the artist Henri Matisse. Their relationship began when she started working for him as a personal nurse, but soon she began posing for the painter. Eventually she played a central part in Matisse designing the Chapelle du Rosaire, one of the greatest accomplishments in Matisse's remarkable career.  


Q&A with Emily Culhan, programs coordinator for the Children's Discovery Museum, to follow the film.


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UC Global Food Series

"Food Chains" film screening

person working hard in the tulip fields at harvest

6 p.m. Friday, April 22


Celebrate Earth Day with this screening of the very important documentary Food Chains, an in-depth look at farm workers, the foundation of our fresh food industry. Executive producer Eva Longoria and fellow producer Eric Schlosser, labor activist and author of "Fast Food Nation," bring together an illuminating and moving film.


This series is a partnership between UC Riverside andHidden Harvest

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And come early at 4:00 and learn from our friends atEarthwatch Institute how to take tree measurements and participate as a citizen scientist in their

Focal Trees project. The data collected will be used by scientists at UC Riverside to determine the water usage and cooling benefits of common urban tree species in a climate gradient ranging from the desert to the ocean, and build urban resiliency in Southern California.  




Living Green series

"Breaking Point" film screening

6 p.m. Thursday, April 28


An environmental disaster of epic proportions is fast approaching, and little is being done to stop it. The receding Salton Sea introduces a toxic mix of fine dust and chemicals to the air, threatening the health of millions. This screening of Breaking Point will show where we stand and what can be done.


After the film screening, film director/producer Bill Wisneski and Assistant Secretary for the Salton Sea Policy Bruce Wilox and Executive Director for the Salton Sea Authority Phil Rosentrater will be availbe for a panel discussion and Q & A. In partnership with Friends of the Desert Mountains.  


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