Who would guess that anyone could say, with any credible authority, “Mushrooms can help save the world?” And even more preposterous, that in the desert, fungal threads that connect to plant roots combat global warming? Even though these statements sound like science fiction, we are finding that both are proving to be absolutely true. These concepts were at the forefront of the vision to create an artistic, visually compelling presentation that would transport viewers along a graphic “tour” of the unseen desert underground. Join us for a virtual tour of the hidden but magnificent “Desert Underground,” a realm that silently works under our feet every day.

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This immersive exhibit at the 29 Palms Inn was created by Robin Kobaly and is presented by The SummerTree Institute, an environmental education nonprofit, of which Robin is Executive Director. The series of graphic displays, created with original artwork, leads viewers along an illustrated tour through our desert soils, delving deeper and deeper into the underground.

 

This walk-through “tour” reveals the amazing partnerships that connect every native plant underground across the landscape. Journey through the interlocking biological and geological systems that work together to create a surprising carbon sponge, helping to combat climate change wherever desert soils remain intact.

 

For more information, including the companion book written by Robin, visit www.summertree.org/the-desert-underground/.

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The Desert Underground Exhibit

at the
2019 Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition
September 14 & 15, 2019
10 AM – 4 PM
29 Palms Inn Pavilion
Oasis of Mara, Twentynine Palms, CA

Admission is free to the public

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Channel Islands Adventure

Travel with Robin on a short journey to a distant world…
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The Channel Islands Expedition
Sponsored by The SummerTree Institute
September 18 – 21, 2019

~ We invite you to join us for this unforgettable, four-day adventure on board a comfortable vessel, the Vision. Aboard ship, we will be surrounded by abundant and diverse ocean life that includes whales, dolphins, seals, and a variety of colorful fish, whose stories will be told by veteran Expeditions Director, Doug Thompson. On land, botanist Robin Kobaly will guide you through natural habitats and endemic plants that time has passed by on these remote islands…

Discover California as it was centuries ago…

Hiking through Santa Cruz Island’s woodlands

If you are yearning for an unforgettable adventure, we invite you to join Robin, Doug, and the staff of The SummerTree Institute for a four-day adventure to the Channel Islands, one of the most isolated, unique, and beautiful island chains in the world — only 25 miles from Southern California’s busy coastline, but a world away.
With a comfortable 85-foot vessel serving as home base, we will visit three of the magnificent islands: Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Islands, exploring their stunning natural diversity on land and sea. This is our sixth expedition to the magical Channel Islands. We will explore many sea caves, including Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves known. Whether walking on pristine beaches, kayaking in beautiful coves, stand-up paddling along natural coastlines, snorkling in bountiful underwater “Marine Protected Areas”, or hiking on trails used by ancient Chumash Indians, you will be transported into another world.

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Exploring sea caves by kayak

Exploring sea caves by kayak

Be transported to the California of centuries past, where the only footprints will be yours and the wildlife’s. Hike, snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddle, swim, whale watch, or just laze on the boat – you will be enchanted with whatever activities you choose. Between adventures, all of your meals will be lovingly prepared  from fresh ingredients, with choices for various tastes and diets.

Expedition Details ~

For more information about this exciting adventure,

You may also email our expedition leader, Doug Thompson, at doug@summertree.org.

 

Explore kelp beds, sea caves, island coastlines…and more!

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Walking San Miguel Island’s sandy beach

  • WHEN: 4 days & 4 nights, from boarding on Tuesday evening, September 17, after 8 pm, until returning late afternoon on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
  • WHERE: The boat leaves from Santa Barbara Harbor.
  • PRICE: Entire expedition: $975 per person; $300 deposit is required to hold your reservation.
    $200 per person is tax-deductible for this expedition (The SummerTree Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization).
  • SIGN UP NOW: Since this trip always fills up quickly, we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. We hope you are able to join us!

 

 

The SummerTree Institute
Making Environmental Education Irresistible

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Native Desert Tea Class

Surprisingly healing and healthy natural gifts await our discovery in the leaves, stems, flowers, roots, and fruits of our desert plants, made available to us through teas and beverages. Explore the useful remedies, health benefits, and aids to well-being in each of a dozen desert native plants as you taste and experience each one brewed into a tea, and learn each tea’s wellness gifts. Create your own custom blend of dried tea to take home and brew yourself. Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!

Making Native Desert Teas
for Health, Healing, & Well-being
with Robin Kobaly

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 | 12:30 – 3:30 pm ~ Class Full

3-Hour Tea-making Workshop at The Plant Yoda’s Den

Great fun, lots of demonstrations, samples, and displays!
Make your own custom blend to brew at home…

PresenterRobin KobalyBotanist, Founder and President of
The Power of Plants, and Executive Director of  The SummerTree Institute

  • Saturday June 8, 2019 
                   12:30 – 3:30 pm

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den
                   Morongo Valley, CA 92256 ~ Directions sent upon registration

  • Workshop registration includes:

                  ~ 3-hour workshop with displays & demonstrations

                  ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

                  ~ Helpful handouts

                  ~ Sample teas brewed from local native plants

                  ~ Your own custom tea blend to take home and brew

  • Fee: $65

                  ~ Enrollment is limited. Please reserve early to assure your spot.

This three-hour workshop offers a hands-on exploration of ancient and traditional uses of desert plants as teas and beverages, and gives you the opportunity to taste a dozen powerful but soothing plants as teas. Explore the healing and health properties of each native plant, and learn how to harvest, dry, store, and prepare them for your own use. This brand new workshop includes demonstrations and samples, plus tips on identifying each plant, as well as discussions about harvesting native plant species in a respectful and sustainable way.

Each workshop is unique, as we include native plants that are in season at that time, so we can sample flower buds, blossoms, fruit, roots, shoots, and seeds that are ready for harvest at that time. You will be empowered to learn about the local native plants that may be growing in your own back yard that are just waiting for you to discover their useful properties as refreshing, calming, and healing teas. You may look at our desert native plants with a new perspective after experiencing this intimate workshop.

Join us in the intimate setting of the unique and creative “Plant Yoda’s Den”, the home where Robin grew up, and where her mother, Babs Kobaly, taught her own native plant use classes for forty years. Babs had transformed her home into part apothecary, part art-house, and part fantasy world for her grandchildren, reflecting her passions as a native plant teacher, fanciful artist, and playful kid-lover.  In honor of her late mother, the great room of Babs’ home has been remodeled to open it up for classes and workshops on the very topics that she and Babs researched together as Robin grew up.

To reserve your space, or for more information
about this event:

Call The Power of Plants (760) 363-1166

Or email robin@powerofplants.com

 You may reserve your space and enroll now:

# of Participants


You may also reserve your space and enroll
by sending a check for $65 per participant to:


The Power of Plants
P.O. Box 800
Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Note: Please call or email us before sending your check to make sure we reserve your spot. Workshops fill up very fast.

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Joy of Gardening Class

Beautiful, drought-tolerant, southwest desert plants can add richness and enjoyment to your garden, supplement your edible garden offerings, and enhance the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife. Learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for your native plant garden, with inspiring classroom instruction, displays, and handouts.  Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!

The Joy of Gardening
with Desert Native Plants
with Robin Kobaly

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm – Class Full

  

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4-Hour Workshop

The Plant Yoda’s Den

Inspiring classroom presentation, hands-on displays, handouts

PresenterRobin Kobaly—Botanist, Founder and President of
The Power of Plants, and Executive Director of The SummerTree Institute

 

  • Saturday April 13, 2019

                   12:30 – 4:30 pm

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den (classroom)

                   Morongo Valley, CA 92256
                   Directions sent upon registration

  • Workshop registration includes:

              ~ 4-hour workshop includes classroom instruction

              ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

              ~ Helpful handouts

 

  • Fee: $55

              ~ Enrollment is limited. Please reserve early to assure your spot.

We present this workshop in the intimate setting of the unique and creative “Plant Yoda’s Den”, the home where Robin grew up, and where her mother, Babs Kobaly, taught her own native plant use classes for forty years. Babs had transformed her home into part apothecary, part art-house, and part fantasy world for her grandchildren, reflecting her passions as a native plant teacher, fanciful artist, and playful kid-lover.  In honor of her late mother, the great room of Babs’ home has been remodeled to open it up for classes and workshops on the very topics that she and Babs researched together as Robin grew up.

In the classroom we will explore why native plants are the perfect choice for southwest homes, and why their adaptations are so important for a sustainable, enjoyable, and low-maintenance landscape. During our workshop, you will learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for your native plant garden. 

To reserve your space, or for more information
about this event:

Call The Power of Plants  (760) 363-1166
Or email robin@powerofplants.com

 You may reserve your space and enroll now:


# of Participants



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as a purchase made in San Jose, PayPal’s corporate office)

You may also reserve your space (please email or call us first to ensure we still have spaces available) and enroll by sending a check for $55 to:

The Power of Plants
P.O. Box 800
Morongo Valley, CA 92256

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Hardy and helpful southwest desert plants can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife.  Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!

Healing, Helpful, & Edible Southwest Native Plants:
How to Grow, Harvest, & Prepare Them
with Robin Kobaly

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Class Full

4-Hour Workshop at The Plant Yoda’s Den

Great fun, lots of demonstrations, samples, and displays!

PresenterRobin KobalyBotanist, Founder and President of
The Power of Plants, and Executive Director of  The SummerTree Institute

  • Saturday April 6, 2019 
                   12:30 – 4:30 pm

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den
                   Morongo Valley, CA 92256 ~ Directions sent upon registration

  • Workshop registration includes:

                  ~ 4-hour workshop with displays & demonstrations

                  ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

                  ~ Helpful handouts

                  ~ Samples served for edible plants

  • Workshop Fee: $55

                  ~ Enrollment is limited. Please reserve early to assure your spot.

This four-hour workshop offers a fascinating look at ancient and traditional uses of desert medicinal and food plants, and presents ways to adapt those uses to fit today’s needs. Find out why these powerful native plants’ survival strategies make them so useful to us today. Explore which native food and healing plants can be used successfully and safely, and explore the many other benefits of growing these amazing herbal remedies, edible harvests, and utilitarian providers in your own yard. This popular workshop includes demonstrations and samples, plus tips on identifying and growing each plant, as well as discussions about harvesting native plant species in a respectful and sustainable way.

Join us in the intimate setting of the unique and creative “Plant Yoda’s Den”, the home where Robin grew up, and where her mother, Babs Kobaly, taught her own native plant use classes for forty years. Babs had transformed her home into part apothecary, part art-house, and part fantasy world for her grandchildren, reflecting her passions as a native plant teacher, fanciful artist, and playful kid-lover.  In honor of her late mother, the great room of Babs’ home has been remodeled to open it up for classes and workshops on the very topics that she and Babs researched together as Robin grew up.

We invite you to experience this legendary locale as we introduce you to our desert native plants through an immersive approach — through smell, taste, touch, and sight — all with accounts of each plant’s special gifts and traditional powers that can be incorporated into modern-day life. Workshop participants will explore hardy and helpful wild desert plants that can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the lives of your neighborhood wildlife.

It’s fun learning how our native desert plants can serve as food, beverages, art, musical instruments, utensils, and healing remedies for humans. Each workshop is unique, as we include native plants that are in season at that time, so we can sample flower buds, blossoms, fruit, roots, shoots, and seeds that are ready for harvest at that time. You will look at our desert native plants with a new perspective after experiencing this comprehensive workshop.


To reserve your space
, or for more information
about this event:

Call The Power of Plants (760) 363-1166

Or email robin@powerofplants.com

You may reserve your space and enroll now in the workshop:


# of Participants

(Note: Purchases made with a non-PayPal credit card may post to your statement
as a purchase made in San Jose, PayPal’s corporate office)

You may also reserve your space and enroll by sending a check for $55 per participant to:
The Power of Plants
P.O. Box 800
Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Note: Please call or email us before sending your check to make sure we reserve your spot. Workshops fill up very fast.

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Botanical Sights & Rare Plants
of the Little San Bernardino Mountains

Trip Leader ~ Robin Kobaly

 

Field Trip sponsored by the Mojave Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 ~ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

 

  • Tuesday March 19, 2019
                  8:30 am – 3:00 pm

  • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
                   Specific meeting location given upon registration

  • Trip leader Robin KobalyBotanist, wildlife biologist

  • Spaces limited; RSVP Required

  • Free to the public – For both non-members and members of the California Native Plant Society

     

    Take a botanical walk with Robin Kobaly as trip leader through the canyons and foothills of the Little San Bernardino Mountains within Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and the Sand to Snow National Monument. We will hike several miles to explore the plant communities within Big Morongo Canyon, home to desert riparian and marsh species as well as upland Colorado and Mojave transition zone desert vegetation.  Included will be a short stop in adjacent Dry Morongo Canyon to check for rare plants known to emerge there in good years, before visiting the riparian and marsh habitat in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.  We will look for historic occurrences of the endangered triple-ribbed milkvetch (Astragalus tricarinatus) that have been detected in the vicinity. We will check out other plants unique to these habitats such as Linanthus maculatus (Little San Bernardino Mountains Linanthus), Peucephyllum schottii (Pygmycedar), Crossosoma bigelovii (Ragged Rockflower) and Eriogonum elongatum (Longstem Buckwheat). Winter rains should make botanizing especially fun and rewarding this spring.

    Requirements: Participants must be able to hike 3-5 miles, sometimes over uneven terrain and be prepared for desert hiking conditions.


To Register for this event:

Email cnps.mojave@gmail.com with the trip name Botanical Sights & Rare Plants of the Little San Bernardino Mountains,
your name and contact information.

 

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