* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
You will be staying at the Dr. Luckie Study Center, a historic house in a scenic rocky cove that is now a research station in Joshua Tree National Park, at approximately 2,700 elevation. There is one large single-sex room that can sleep six and is bunk style. There are three smaller rooms that sleep two people—2 bedrooms with 2 twins and a master bedroom with a queen bed. Rooms will be split by gender, but it might be possible to accommodate couples depending on availability and the makeup of the team. Single room requests cannot be guaranteed and will be granted depending on availability. The study center has electricity, refrigerators, and potable running water. All lodging facilities are climate-controlled. Bedding is not provided, so please bring your own bath towel(s), toiletries, and sleeping bag.
*Note: quiet hours are between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
All lodging facilities have hot water showers and conventional toilets. A laundry machine (liquid detergent only) and dryer is also available at no cost.
You are welcome to bring electrical equipment. All lodging facilities have standard US electrical outlets.
There is no Wi-Fi available at the accommodations. Cell service can usually be found at or within walking distance of the accommodations. There is no reliable cell phone coverage inside Joshua Tree National Park. Please note that personal communication with outsiders is not always possible while participating in an expedition. Earthwatch encourages volunteers to minimize outgoing calls and immerse themselves in the experience; likewise, family and friends should restrict calls to urgent messages only.
DISTANCE TO THE FIELD SITE
Research will take place in many different sites within Joshua Tree National Park. Elevation ranges from 600–5700 feet, and volunteers should expect varying terrain types and steepness. For any given site, volunteers can expect to drive between 10 minutes to 1.5 hours to reach each location. Distances will vary depending on the team and research needs.
FOOD AND WATER
Research staff will shop for all food for the volunteers. Volunteers will prepare their own breakfasts and field lunches. Staff will lead the individual teams each night for dinner and all volunteers should expect to help with meal preparation and clean up. Please be sure to note all food allergies and dietary restrictions on your paperwork, as it is difficult to accommodate them after meals have been planned and food brought to the site. A local restaurant will provide the final dinner.
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Cereal, fruit, bagels, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, coffee, tea
- Lunch: Sandwiches, chips and fruit (packed lunches for the field)
- Dinner: Tacos, spaghetti, baked potatoes, soups/ stews, pizza, casseroles, barbecue and salads (typical American fare), desserts. Salads and dressings will be available as sides.
- Snacks: Fruit, chips, nuts, pretzels, granola bars, etc.
- Beverages: Water (okay to drink from the tap), iced tea and different juices. Electrolyte tablets/powder will be provided.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your volunteer forms. This project can cater to vegetarian and lactose-free diets. Vegan and gluten free diets cannot readily be accommodated. It is very difficult to accommodate updates and changes to food requirements after the expedition has begun.