Calendar of Events




Evening With An Expert - Mike Wilken-Robertson 

"Kumeyaay Ethnobotany"

Saturday, March 23


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Ocotillo, CA. $35, Members Only, RSVP Required 

Join Mike Wilken-Robertson as he explores the role and uses of the land and its foods by the region's first inhabitants, the Kumeyaay.

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Ocotillo Blooms!

RESCHEDULED: Saturday, March 30


10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Ocotillo, CA.  FREE public event

Join us for a day of food, music, and, of course, plants! as we celebrate the Desert Bloom here in Ocotillo.  This family-friendly event will include scavenger hunts, talks on desert flowers, nature hikes to observe the local bloom, and much more.  Come out to IVDM for the day and don't miss out!

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"Geoglyphs of the Desert Southwest"

NEW Book Release Event!

Saturday, April 13

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Ocotillo, CA.  FREE attendance

Join us at IVDM for the release of a NEW book on the stamped earthen art known as geoglyphs that make our desert so unique.  Come meet author and IVDM's own Anne Morgan as she signs copies throughout the day and leads a talk on their history and preservation efforts.  A wine and cheese reception will follow.

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Indigenous Cultures Day!

Saturday, April 20


10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Ocotillo, CA.  FREE public event

Join us at IVDM for a day that celebrates the cultures, crafts, and skills of the region's first inhabitants.  With local and international artisans, guest speakers, workshops, and games, this family-friendly event will be a great day for visitors of all ages.

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Stargazing: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Sunday, May 5


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Ocotillo, CA.  FREE public event

Join us for a night under the stars as we explore the cosmos against the backdrop of the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower.  One of the largest meteor showers of the year, this night should offer plenty of shooting stars visible to even the naked eye!


 IVDM Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

Thursday, May 16


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, El Centro Community Center.  $35, Tickets Required

Join IVDM and its Board of Directors in downtown El Centro as we pop open and sample a host of wines from the Guadalupe Valley, Baja, courtesy of Baja Food and Wine.  Enjoy a menu of tasty bites and place your bids on the variety of art, goods, and activities up for auction in 2019 -- all proceeds benefit the IVDM Endowment Fund.  

An annual highlight in the Valley's social events calendar, this is not a night to miss!

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A series of programs held throughout the year by our Board Members, Friend-Raisers are IVDM Members-only/invitation only events.  Designed to be intimate gatherings, the programs range from classes in Native American crafts, evening lectures with experts in different fields, or behind the scenes looks at upcoming Museum exhibits.  Friend-Raisers raise funds for the IVDM Endowment Fund. 

The price of these events varies based on program costs.  All proceeds go to the IVDM Endowment Fund, to be matched 3:1 by the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.  Due to limited availability, RSVPs are required.  Checks must be mailed to the IVDM before the day of the event.   


Youth Ceramic Art Program

Our signature program- we connect children with traditional arts through clay at fairs and during field trips.  Using the coiled clay, or paddle and anvil, method to make pottery students learn how Native Americans have been making ceramics in the Imperial Valley for the last 1,000 years.

 As the visible storage component of our permanent exhibit comes online students will be able to study the ceramic ollas held in stewardship by the Museum.  Through a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, we will enhance this program through video and oral histories.  Students will see that this ceramic tradition is alive and well today as it has existed for a thousand years.




 Member of the American Alliance of Museums since 2013

All photographs taken by IVDM staff or used with permission by Joselito Villero and Michael Field. All rights reserved.2014.