Special Events


Salton Sea sunset

Salton Sea Community Forum

6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019


During this session, residents will receive an update from the California Natural Resources Agency on the Salton Sea Management Plan and the agency’s efforts to increase community engagement. The update will be followed by an interactive panel of residents from across the region to discuss effective ways to engage communities in the plan for the Salton Sea. Simultaneous English/Spanish interpretation will be available. 

Grad Slam

UCR Palm Desert 2020 Grad Slam Exhibition 

6 p.m. Apr. 7, 2020 
Presented by UC Riverside Graduate Student Resource Center  


What do UCR grad students DO? Why does their work matter to the world? Find out at the 2019 UCR Palm Desert Grad Slam competition!

Students have three minutes to present their research or creative project - YOU vote on the winner.

Grad Slam is an annual UC-wide public speaking competition in which students describe their research and its value in 3 minutes, with limited visual aids, in order to potentially win funding for their work. In addition to supporting students' professional development by providing them with feedback on their presentation style and content, we also see the competition as an opportunity to connect our skilled graduate students with local employers, mentors, and other academics.   

Camp Creative

Camp Creative

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 02, 2019

Join us our popular workshop, Camp Creative, a Gathering for Women with Spirit and Soul. This Osher program returns to UCR Palm Desert with an expanded day of community, creativity, self expression, and overall wellness. This event also features a lunch and presentation by Chef Tanya's Kitchen. 

Community Garden Day

Community Garden Day

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2019

Join us for our annual Garden Day. This year’s theme is “Grow Natives” - blooms for you and nature too! The why, what and where of using native plants in your garden. New this year will be hands-on clinics on various topics. Various community partners will have outreach tables on the day, kids activities and food too! This program is the most important FREE public outreach program of the year for Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and is presented in collaboration with UCR Palm Desert and UC Master Gardeners. Look at the schedule here. 

Reserve Showcase

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Natural reserve

Learn about the University of California's natural reserves in this conversation with four reserve directors. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Chris Tracy, director of the UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, and also Jennifer Gee, Ken Halama, and Jim Andre. A Q&A will follow the discussion. RSVP now.