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Nature Lecture: Joshua Tree: A Place in the American West

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Nature Lecture:

Joshua Tree: A Place in the American West

 Cane West

Joshua Tree National Park

 

Presented by Cane West, hear stories of how the mythology of the American West intersects with our very own Joshua Tree National Park. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center. This program is presented in partnership with the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park.

The West is both a real geographical space and a set of ideas. Mountains, prairies, nomadic Indian tribes, and isolated Anglo farmers all appear in our national memory alongside trains, cattle, and flecks of gold. Western national parks often protect dramatic landscapes that include pieces of that story. At Joshua Tree National Park, the creation of the park, the orientation of its preservation efforts and the stories that are shared with visitors are intimately connected to both the realities of the American West and the mythologies that have captured national imagination. Cane West will help us explore some of the key connections between this desert region and the national park today.

Cane West is a hybrid park ranger and professional historian. A seven-year veteran of the National Park Service, Mr. West interprets nature-focused parks from the perspective of human use and management through time. Mr. West is also a PhD-Candidate in American Environmental History at the University of South Carolina. He has been published in leading national academic journals, but his principle mark of success is having visitors from around the country laugh at his bad jokes during park tours.


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