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Hey Jtree: An online dating site to meet Joshua trees!

Hey JTree is an ongoing participatory art research project and mock on-line dating site for meeting Joshua trees. The goal of Hey JTree is to actively enhance interaction between research,  visitors to Joshua Tree National Park, and on-line audiences with collected data from individual trees using text, photographs, art, and short video clips of charismatic Joshua trees set to music. By playfully co-opting the tools that often separate us from the natural world HeyJtree is a provocation to connect with threatened species. This project is part of my art-science residency through Joshua Tree National Park, and includes curated contributions from over 50 artists, writers and musicians. The public can participate here by sending love letters to their favorite trees and by joining me at a  public art making event. 

As park visitation is soaring to record highs, the need to teach people how

to respectfully visit the desert is vast and urgent. This also includes counteracting irresponsible social media posting that shows images of visitors show violating park rules that are intended to promote conservation. Images such as drone usage, feeding/touching animals, rock or tree graffiti, and climbing Joshua trees have been described by park staff as one of the most difficult challenges they currently face as managers.

Visit Hey Jtree and meet the trees!

Educators - Pair this project with our Joshua tree curriculum unit!
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Jessica Hester, 2019. The art and science of falling in love with Joshua trees. Atlas Obscura.

Jennifer Albrink, 2019. A Joshua Tree Love Story at the black rock gallery. Palm Springs Life.

Hillary Sloane, 2019. Juniper and the Joshua trees: Morongo Valley native delves into the desert species’ survival. Hi-Desert Star.

Richard Dion, 2019. Juniper Harrower on art and science. The Soul of California podcast.

Chris Clarke, 2018. The Joshua Tree: Myth, Mutualism and Survival. Co-published with KCET Artbound and The Mojave Project.

Philip Kiefer, 2018. Iconic Joshua Trees may disappear but scientists are fighting back.

National Geographic.


Harrower, J. 2019. Merging Art, Science, and Motherhood to Save Joshua Trees. Leonardo: doi: 10.1162/leon_a_01791

Harrower, J., Parker, J., Merson, M., 2018. (cover feature) Species Loss: Exploring Opportunities with Art-Science. Journal of Integrative and Comparative Biology:doi.10.1093/icb/icy016

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