Desert Studies Center

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Welcome to Desert Studies Picture the Desert Studies Center, a field station of the California State University (CSU) located among a haven of natural ponds, dry lakes, and foothills in the Mojave Desert east of Barstow. DSC is located within the Mojave National Preserve. DSC provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to conduct research, receive instruction, and experience the desert environment.

View current weather conditions southeast of the Center from the Zzyzx Dust Cam. and Show Data. Weather data complements of USGS.

To learn more about The Desert Studies Center and the east Mojave Desert, enjoy a video tour of the of the area AND/OR Climate change research in the Mojave both requiring QuickTime.

The content, design, and updates of our site is made and maintained by the Desert Studies Center, and individuals who are friends of DSC that share an enthusiam for the education and enjoyment of the Mojave Desert habitat.

Contact Information

For general information, William Presch, Director,

For reservations/cost/catering information, Norma Charest, Administrative Secretary,

For Desert Studies Center and East Mojave habitat information, Rob Fulton, Site Manager, or Jason Wallace, Site Steward,

What's New at DSC

Desert Symposium—2014

Take a look at our extended education courses offered through the University of California, Riverside Extension. Online at or by calling 951-827-4105 Course Fees: $325. The course fee includes two nights' lodging at the Center, a snack Friday evening and five meals beginning with breakfast on Saturday.

Have a look at the courses offered for:

at the Desert Studies Center.

For more information and to register for the courses please go to On Line Registration.

Maturango Museum Southwestern Desert Bats

A Rock Art 101 offering Rock Art 101.

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The 27th annual DESERT SYMPOSIUM will be held at California State University's Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx, April 18-21, 2014. The symposium features current research on archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, geology, ecology, biological sciences, and environmental issues. Abstracts of the proceedings and a field trip guide will be published.

Abstracts, papers and Field Guides from the 2001 - 2013 Desert Symposiums are available (see above). For information contact Dr. William Presch,

Volunteer Opportunities.

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