The Children's Hour

Friday, May 19th @ 10:30 am

Children’s Hour -“Birds – From Nestlings to Flyers”

 Friday, May 19th in the Coso Room


Alistair Smith , Michael West-Bruna, Joseph Mawhirter and a parent absorbed in learning about snakes at a recent Children’s Hour.

Children’s Hour at the Museum takes place monthly during the school year. Scheduled for May 19th is the last program this spring.  The theme will be “Birds – Imaginary and Real.”

The free learning and fun-packed hour of stories, songs, and craft takes place once a month, usually on Flex Fridays, for young children and their families. The next Children’s Hour on a theme about bears will be February 10th at 10:30. The entire Spring schedule may be viewed on the Museum’s website at www., by calling 760-375-6900, or by visiting during the daily open hours of 10 – 5.

For information about this and other Museum activities checkout out our monthly newsletter or join our eMail list. The specific dates and themes are posted above and in in flyers available for each program and the Kern County Branch Library and  on our Facebook page.

Fall 2016 Program Information

The Desert We Live In: Coyotes, other critters, their homes, and plants

Friday, September 23rd (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

Come Go “Batty” at the Maturango Museum: Why bats are farmers’ friends and ours, too!

Friday, October 14th Non – (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

Hoot Like an Owl at the Maturango Museum: Some that live here. Some that visit.

Friday, November 18th (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

A Snowy Winter for a Little Bear: A story of friendship, sharing, and appreciation of nature’s beauty.

Friday, December 16th (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

Winter 2017 Program Information

The Snow Geese Have Come Again To Ridgecrest!

Friday, January 13th (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

All About Bears- Pretend Stories and Real

 Friday, February 10th (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

Reptiles – Lizards, Snakes, & Tortoises

Friday, March 24th in the Coso Room

Spring –The Blooming Time of the Year

Friday, April 21st in the Coso Room

Birds – From Nestlings to Flyers

May 19th in the Coso Room

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The Museum is open daily from 10 to 5 and its garden open to exploration anytime.  Desert plants, the interactive sundial, the labyrinth made from tufa rocks, the old bell, the pond-less water source for birds and small critters and, still to come, a habitat enclosure for desert tortoises are some of the features made possible through Eagle Scout projects.  Not only do their much appreciated efforts enhance visitors’ experience of the Museum but also underscore its value as an important resource to our community.

 The mission of the Maturango Museum is to preserve, interpret, and develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of the Northern Mojave Desert through research and education in the natural and physical sciences, and to promote the arts.

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100 East Las Flores Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-375-6900 | FAX 760-375-0479
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm
(Excluding Major Holiday)

The Maturango Museum is a Death Valley Tourist Center and  Northern Mojave Visitors Center

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