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Desert Discovery Center honored in county awards

Named winner at Education Medal of Honor banquet Monday night


RANCHO CUCAMONGA • The Desert Discovery Center was recipient Monday night of an Education Medal of Honor — one of six award winners from four school districts in the county.

The center, representing Barstow Unified School District, won in the “Volunteer in Action/Service Group” category at the 22nd annual San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor banquet following its nomination in March.

The honor recognizes individuals and groups who give outstanding service and support to public education, according to a San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools news release.

Desert Discovery Center Director Jane Laraman-Brockhurst and Rose Beardshear from the Bureau of Land Management accepted the award on the center’s behalf.

“I think, really, it’s just an enormous honor for the Desert Discovery Center and the collaboration we have with key city partners,” Laraman-Brockhurst said Tuesday. “It’s also a great honor for the city, for us to be able to positively represent the city and the work that our collective group is so passionate about — serving our youth.”

The center serves approximately 4,000 students every year with hands-on environmental education, according to Laraman-Brockhurst.

In addition, the center hosts a summer camp and a myriad of family, community and special events throughout the year from daily programs to weekly workshops, including solar cooking classes, gardening workshops and bluegrass jam sessions, Laraman-Brockhurst said.

Partners of the center, according to Laraman-Brockhurst, include: Bureau of Land Management, which owns the property; National Parks Service; BUSD; Barstow Community College; the City of Barstow; the National Park Conservation Association; Mojave Desert Mountain Recycling Authority; Southern California Edison; Off-limits Design; Main Street Murals; St. Paul Academy; and San Bernardino County.

“They support our programs, our events — more or less every aspect of the (center),” Laraman-Brockhurst explained.

Contact the Desert Discovery Center at 760-252-6060 to volunteer or for more information.

Shea Johnson can be reached at or 760-256-4126.

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