trains header at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens trains header at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Jump On Board The Living Desert Express

December 27

back to full calendar

Jump On Board The Living Desert Express

December 27 - 28th, 2022
9:30 am - 12:00 pm daily

Join us for this two-day hands-on family workshop to learn how to set up a G-scale garden railroad, the largest of the model trains. This introductory, small group workshop will cover everything from track installation to locomotive maintenance to lighting and animation. Included will be a peek behind the scenes of The Living Desert's Bighorn Railroad and a chance to assist in the construction of a railroad display at Bighorn Railroad.

This workshop is designed for train enthusiasts 10+, with a parent/guardian, or a pair of adults.


  One parent/guardian + one child OR two adults    $225  

Member Tickets


  One parent/guardian + one child OR two adults     $250  

General Tickets

*SNAP/EBT cardholders can register for this program at 10% of the listed price. See the Museums for All Program for more information.

Tips for Success! 

All participants need to come equipped for outdoor exploration and play! Please bring: sunscreen, a hat, close-toed shoes, and a refillable water bottle. 

Guests should be comfortable... 

  • Handling and using handheld tools with dexterity
  • Traversing unpaved terrain
  • Walking up and down one flight of stairs
  • Bending over, ducking, and crouching
  • Lifting 10-15 pounds
  • Stepping over obstacles at knee height
  • Standing for up to 30 mins
  • Working with low-voltage electricity (This might be a concern for those with pacemakers.)

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens follows health recommendations from the California Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the health and safety of our animals, staff, volunteers, and guests. All staff and campers are required to follow the recommended guidelines set forth by the county and state. 
Program check-in will take place at the Education Gate located at the far north end of the parking lot. Signage and Education staff will be present at the Education Gate to help you find your way. 
Cancellation/Refund Policy

For all cancellations initiated more than two (2) weeks prior to the event, a 50% refund will be issued. 
For all cancellations initiated less than two (2) weeks prior to the event, NO REFUND will be issued. 

In the event that a participant tests positive for COVID-19 within 5 days of the session's start, that participant’s registration fee can be reserved as a credit and applied to a future program. There is a $50 administrative fee for this service, and a positive COVID-19 status with the participant’s name must be provided to in order to reserve credit.

Forfeited fees may be considered a donation for tax purposes. 

Search the Living Desert WebsiteMagnifying glass icon