Calendar of Events


Saturday, December 17: Annual Society meeting

10am-12pm, IV Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA. 

Join us for the annual membership meeting of the IVDM Society.  Hear the latest updates from Executive Director Neal Hitch, talk with staff, see what's new!

No charge, open to the public. Donations appreciated. 


Saturday, December 17: Kumeyaay Solstice Gathering

12pm, IV Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA

The Kumeyaay Heritage Preservation Committee will be holding a Solstice Gathering beginning at noon on Saturday and are opening it to the public.  Join us for traditional Kumeyaay bird songs, games, and more!

No charge, open to the public. Donations appreciated.


Wednesday, December 21: Winter Solstice Stargazing 

6-9pm, IV Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA

It's the shortest day of the year! A late moonrise means dark skies and there should be some lovely stars to see.  Come on out to look through telescopes and have some fun!

No charge, open to the public. Donations appreciated.


9781941384077.jpgSaturday, January 21: Members Only FriendRaiser: Todd Wirths Picacho and the Cargo Muchachos

6-9pm IV Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA

Join us for an evening with author Todd Wirths as he talks. "Gold, Guns, and Geology of Eastern Imperial County."  Get ideas for new hikes and see this part of Imperial County in a whole new way!  Learn about the history and geology of the region that drew so many people to "Get rich or die trying".

$35 per person. 25 seats available. RSVP required (760) 358-7016

Picacho and the Cargo Muchachos: Gold, Guns, and Geology of Eastern Imperial County, California" will be for sale in the gift shop. 



Friday, February 10: Eclipse Stargazing Party

5:30-8pm, IV Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA

Join us to view a lunar eclipse! Dark skies and telescopes will make a fun night for the whole family!

No charge, open to the public. Donations appreciated



9780932653666.jpgFriday, March 17: Members Only FriendRaiser: Evening with an Expert: Diana Lindsay Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles

6:30-9pm. IV Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA

Marshal South expert Diana Lindsay joins us to talk about the man, the myth, and the legend.  For 17 years poet, artist, and author Marshal South and his family lived on Ghost Mountain- a remote, waterless mountaintop that is today within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  South chronicled his family's controversial "primitive lifestyle" through popular monthly articles written for Desert Magazine. In this book and talk, historian Diana Lindsay works to discover the "real" Marshal South through memories of the family and never-before-published photographs. 

$35 per person. 25 seats available. RSVP required (760) 358-7016 or

Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles as well as other books and dvds on the Ghost Mountain experiment are available for sale in the museum's gift shop.




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.