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.

Desert Survivors Service Trips are a key component in our efforts to protect the desert. Top photo: Desert Survivors volunteers with 1500 pounds of trash they collected from the Argus Wilderness during a service trip in January 2017. Lower photo: Our members, along with other volunteers, demolish a squatter’s cabin in the Mojave National Preserve in 2012. In March 2018 we will be taking part in a service weekend in the Mojave at the Desert Tortoise Natural Area. We will work to restore tortoise habitat and repair signage and fencing. Become a member of Desert Survivors and join us in this effort to preserve this threatened creature.
Photos: (top) Katy Meyer (lower) N. Blake

Desert Survivors 2017 Year-End Donation Drive
The desert is a wonder of Earth and the place Desert Survivors
holds most dear. We explore these lands, enjoy their splendor
and work to keep them as treasured wilderness.

Desert Survivors
is made up of people who love the desert and want it to remain wild.  Our efforts are voluntary.  Support comes from membership and donations.  When making your end-of-year contributions please consider a gift to Desert Survivors.  Your support will sustain us in our three-fold mission:  

Experience -  Desert Survivors sponsors over 25 excursions to the deserts each year, including car camping, back packing and river trips.   These lands are beautiful and intriguing.  They hold wondrous terrain, vibrant plant and animal life, historic sites and ancient artifacts that are a joy to explore.

Share -  Believing that people who experience the desert will want to conserve it, Desert Survivors works to share it with others.  We do outreach at community fairs and present slide lectures to introduce ourselves to the public.  Our membership fee is low and the cost of our trips (a requested $25 donation) is much less than most outdoor entities charge.

Protect -   Our service projects and wilderness monitoring program are key components in our effort to preserve the desert. Led by the Center For Biological Diversity we have joined in lawsuits demanding government agencies to follow environmental protection mandates when overseeing these lands.  We are active in resisting the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind national monuments and undo conservation regulations.

The generosity of our members and efforts of Desert Survivors
volunteers keep all of this going.  Please help in any manner you can.

To give a gift by credit card or debit card please CLICK HERE.
You can also contribute by a check, mailed to:
Desert Survivors, P.O. Box 20991, Oakland, Ca 94620-0091

Thank you.


Winter is here and it is prime time to enjoy the desert  We are sponsoring a car camps to Death Valley, Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada and Red Rock Canyon/Last Chance Canyon in CA.  In February Laura Cunningham will co-lead a plein air landscape painting trip to Death Valley.  After 7 years of being closed, Mitchell Caverns in the Providence Mountains has just reopened and we are going there.  In March we will join a service project at the Desert Tortoise Preserve.  In the Bay Area, we are sponsoring a March 2018 tour of the Ruth Bancroft Garden where we will checkout its awesome collection of water-conserving plants.  Of course it is not a proper winter for Desert Survivors without our Groundhog Day party.  Save the date: Saturday, February 3rd!

We have plenty of desert to experience this winter.  Please join us for our adventures.
For more information please go to our TRIPS PAGE.

Desert Survivors as a public service. Desert Survivors is a 501(c)3 non-profit public-benefit organization based in Oakland, California. More than  95% of our revenue comes from membership dues and donations. We have no corporate sponsors. You can support our work by becoming a member for $30 per year (or more if you can). Non-member donations are also gratefully accepted. Send checks to Desert Survivors, PO. Box 20991, Oakland, CA 94620-0991. All donations are tax-deductible. To pay with a credit card, click here for membership, or here for donation 1995 - 2018 All Rights Reserved. Desert Survivors.