March 13-15, 2020


8th Grade Family Trip

Kids will learn that the Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) is not a tree! The students also learn about other desert flora, including the Cholla Cactus (Cylindropuntia), the Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) and the only native palm tree native: the California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera). 

Medical Info Packet

Norovirus Info Sheet


Group Campsite Only
Ms. Levin will contact families that owe fees.

Main Campground
$20 per site per night.
Paid at Campground

National Park Entrance Fee
$25 per car.  
Paid at Visitor's Center




We are camping at the Cottonwood Campground on the east end of JT National Park.  There are PLENTY of tent and RV sites for families to set up camp, but the main campground is first come first served.  We have reserved three group sites, which are a short walk away from the individual-site campground.   NOTE:  This is a family camping trip- parents are responsible for their children at all times.  This weekend is for students that want to participate in teacher led events.  If your family does not want to join in on the magnet activities, please make camping arrangements for another weekend!!

We will most likely begin this year with a hike from the campground to the Oasis then on to Mastodon Peak (depending on trail closures). Plan on meeting at 8:30 am Saturday. There are ranger programs Friday night at 7pm for families that arrive early.  We will have scheduled night astronomy activities!  Schedule will come out with the itinerary which will be sent to all on the email used on the sign up genius.

PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE Google doc link (WHEN ACTIVE) with your contact email, the ID Numbers of ALL of the JAMS student's attending, and the number of family members attending.