The Living Desert


Living Desert University
Mission Statement


We envision Living Desert University as the primary instructional institution in the Coachella Valley for learning to live in California's deserts and for developing an appreciation for the deserts of the world.


The mission of Living Desert University is to instill an appreciation and value for the desert, to educate the Coachella Valley community on environmentally friendly ways to live in the desert, and to provide the community with the tools and understanding for making good environmentally-sound decisions concerning their desert home.


Living Desert University (LDU) offers desert residents the opportunity to become skilled and inspired desert gardeners, naturalists, habitat creators and valley hikers by offering a broad range of classes that increase environmental sensitivity and ecological action in everyday life, taught by local experts, educators, certified natural history interpreters and knowledgeable TLD staff.

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