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The third of his California Lands series, artist and author Obi Kaufmann will be at Mission Trails Regional Park to discuss his new book, The Deserts of California, and sign copies of this and his other publications. Through breathtaking watercolor, illustrations of the desert wildlife, and maps of these under appreciated places, The Deserts of California takes readers on an incredible adventure to the Great Basin, Mojave, Colorado, and Sonoran Deserts. Kaufmann will present on the California’s fragile desert ecosystems and their unique habitats. The Deserts of California and other books by Kaufmann are available for purchase in the MTRP Gift Shop and at the event. To reserve copies of the book titles available, please email

Who: Obi Kaufmann, author of California Lands series
What: Discussion and Book Signing for Deserts
of California, Tickets – $12
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, 92119
When: Tuesday, May 21, 6:30PM

Visuals at the event: Author Obi Kaufmann signing books and speaking in the Visitor Center theater, community members mingling, stunning views of Mission Gorge from the Visitor Center terrace. For more information and to purchase a ticket, visit, email or call 619-668-3280. This event has been organized by the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, the nonprofit that supports the park. Ticket and book sales benefit the park.


Obi Kaufmann is the author of The California Field Atlas (2017, #1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller), The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Natural Resource (2019), and The Forests of California (2020), The Coasts of California (2022), and The Deserts of California (2023) all published by Heyday. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at home in the East Bay, posting
trail paintings at his handle @coyotethunder on Instagram. His essays are posted at


Founded in 1988, the nonprofit Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Foundation works to preserve, protect, improve, and expand Mission Trails, one of the largest urban parks in the country. The MTRP Foundation also enriches people’s lives through educational programs and activities that improve citizens’ well-being and foster environmental stewardship.

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