Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing and protecting desert wilderness wherever we find it. We recognize the places we love to explore will not remain wild unless we give others the opportunity to experience them as we do and unless we remain vigilant and active in our efforts to monitor and preserve them.

At the point where they had to turn around.
  Labor Day weekend 2016 during the Desert Survivors Trout Creek Plateau car camp, in southeast-Oregon.   The trip participants encountered snow as they attempted to drive to the top of the plateau.  The slippery roads and near whiteout conditions made for a treacherous, and pointless journey (they were headed there for the "fantastic views").  Trip leader Dave Oline guided the group back to lower elevations and a hot springs in the Alvord Desert.  After the trip Oline wrote to the participants thanking them for their calm and good humor when abandoning the trip and getting back safely.  Oline noted,  "The desert gives and it takes away too."  Become a member of Desert Survivors and join us in our excursions to beautiful, intriguing and sometimes difficult desert places. 
Photo: Lynne Buckner

                     LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

Whisky Hill Farms
Watsonville, CA
October 21-23, 2016

Desert Survivors Board of Directors for 2016-2017.

During our Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on October 23, 2016 a quorum of Desert Survivors members selected a new Board of Directors.  Deirdre Cerkanowicz was elected President for another year.  Other officers chosen were:  Marisa Seaman - Activities Director, Norma Wallace - Managing Director, Juanita Carroll Young - Secretary, Charlene Daniels - Volunteer Director and Nick Blake - Communications Director.  Board members-at-large include: Lexine Alpert, Barb Bane, Darrell Hunger, Bob Lyon, Kevin Pope and Jannet Schraer.  A special thank you to  David Blume and Jannet Schraer for hosting this year's AGM retreat at Whiskey Hill Farms.


Autumn is here and the California deserts have cooled down enough for safe exploration.  Desert Survivors has two excursions into the Mojave before the end of the year.  The first will be a November backpack in Death Valley National Park to an area frequented by the Manson family in the 1960’s––Squaw Springs.  The second will be a car camp to the Old Woman Mountains in December.

Our annual holiday party will take place on Saturday December 3, 2016 in the Bay Area.  We will send an email with info about the event to our members soon.  We are also promoting the National Public Lands Service Project in Barstow and the Sierra Club’s Desert Committee Meeting in Desert Hot Springs both on the weekend of November 5-6, 2016. 

These are wonderful trips and events for those of us who want to get out into the desert and/or hang out with fellow Desert Survivors.  Please go to the Trips Page for more information and learn how you can sign up.


Minutes of Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings available on line.
You can now read the Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings minutes in pdf format by going to the DOCUMENTS PAGE.

Please check back to this website for any additional Desert Survivors trips and events that may be added to our schedule.

Desert Survivors as a public service. Desert Survivors is a 501(c)3 non-profit public-benefit organization based in Oakland, California.
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