Imperial Valley is a Land of Extremes that’s home to extreme people. It takes a certain strength, determination, creativity, and resourcefulness to call the Valley home.

Over the years, Imperial Valley Desert Museum has sought out that homegrown talent already here in the Imperial Valley, elevating individuals in our local communities and helping them gain the skills and experience they need to succeed. Our volunteers, interns, and staff conduct research, attend conferences, and have presented their work to audiences on a national level. Their experience in the Imperial Valley — researching its history, culture and science, and working to share and celebrate it with others — sets them up for future careers, with many coming back to stay and better their communities. Past employees are now serving in fully funded graduate programs, as teachers and as community leaders.

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