BARSTOW — Jane Laraman-Brockhurst is eager to see Saturday’s turnout for the Desert Discovery Center’s Earth Day celebration.

The Desert Discovery Center holds three large events annually, with each drawing as many as 1,000 attendees throughout the day, according to the center’s director. The Earth Day event kicks off the big three and is followed by two other annual events in the summer and fall.

Saturday's Earth Day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Road, Barstow.

This year’s theme is “Discover the Desert.”

“It’s a great opportunity for the entire family to really discover this wonderful desert in an educated and fun way,” Laraman-Brockhurst said. “We are encouraging families to get out and explore the desert. We are having a whole host of activities, education and discovery stations, and an Earth Day family challenge, where families will go around and explore different activities and different aspects of the desert.”

The event is free and Laraman-Brockhurst said some of the activities include children's activities, a human sundial, a gardening program, interactive art projects and a desert animals and desert safety program.

Live entertainment also is planned throughout the event. High View and the Desert Discovery Center’s band Desert Wild are the two bands scheduled to perform.

“We are going to have various door prize opportunities,” she said. “It’s going to be a great day to celebrate our community and this wonderful earth that we live on. This is also a great opportunity for people to be informed about the various projects and activities that are taking place within the community.”

The Desert Discovery Center, established in 2005, consists of a 7,000-square-foot facility that is surrounded by 12 acres of public land. Partners include the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Barstow Unified School District, Barstow Community College, Mojave River Valley Museum, City of Barstow and other organizations. The center houses the 6,070-pound "Old Woman Meteorite."

For more information, call Laraman-Brockhurst at 760-252-6060.