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You can help the Desert Symposium in several ways. We need volunteers to help plan and run the meeting, and we need donations, primarily financial. Please consider volunteering or making a donation, for a Student Award, to become a Fellow, Patron or member of the Founders Circle. To join our team, please contact any member of the Board of directors.


Volunteers receive free registration. We need volunteers for the following positions.

Field Trip Wrangler: Arrange carpools, collect liability forms and cell phone numbers,
launch the field trip on time and keep the field trip on schedule, help with unexpected problems like flat tires, etc. (must go on field trip)

Web Master: Manage, maintain and upgrade our website as needed (infrequently).

Social Manager: Assist and coordinate with DSC personnel on the Friday social hour arrangements: drinks, coolers, ice, etc. Manage the field trip camping reservations and catering for Sunday night. (must go on field trip)


Please join us in launching the Desert Symposium.
Your donation will help keep our collective future bright.

The Desert Symposium Inc was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) institution in February 2018. We operate on a shoestring, with an all volunteer Board of Directors and many other volunteers. Because you are a past participant in the Desert Symposium, the Board of Directors is asking you to join our Founders Circle (before 31 Dec 2019) and help set our new organization on a firm financial footing. Your gift will have impacts on our shared scientific community for decades to come. That will be done by expanding our academic services and publications to more readily available platforms and broadening our focus from the Mojave Desert to other deserts as well.

If you have benefitted from the Desert Symposium, please consider donating $20.00 for each year you have attended. Your donation, if received before March 1, 2019, will be recorded in the 2019 Symposium Proceedings and you will receive a certificate formalizing you as a Founding Fellow of the Desert Symposium Inc. Founders Circle. Donations for, and fellowship in, the Founders Circle will be extended to December 31, 2019 and those persons will be listed in the 2020 symposium volume.

Donation levels are as follows:

5 year Fellow: $100.00
10 year Fellow: $200.00
25 year Fellow: $500.00

Organizations and individuals may also donate for these Patron categories:

Bronze : $1,000
Silver : $2,000
Gold : $3,000

Please flag donations as Fellow, Patron or Founders Circle and send a check payable to Desert Symposium, Inc. to: Bruce Bridenbecker, 64451 Brae Burn Ave., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Kind regards,

Gregg Wilkerson
Dave Miller
Dave Lynch
Bruce Bridenbecker

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