Docents of Maturango Museum of the Indian Wells Valley
The Docents of the Maturango Museum are volunteers trained to offer educational programs and tours of the museum. Programs are for both children and adults. The programs can be offered at the museum or at another venue. Classroom programs support the California State Standards and also offer enrichment. Programs can be adapted to different grade levels and ages. All programs include information about the Indian Wells Valley and the Mojave Desert. To request a program you can download a request form or contact the Education Coordinator Nora Nuckles at 760-375-6900.
The Sand Canyon Environmental Educational Program (SEEP) is a program that teaches elementary students about water and living within a sustainable arid ecosystem. SEEP involves a hands-on approach for the students and is a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, the Docents of the Maturango Museum and many other organizations. For more information contact the BLM office at (760) 384-5400.
Educational Programs offered by the Maturango Museum Docents
These presentations teach the elements of art-line, shape, form, color, texture and include hands- on projects.
ANIMALS ON THE EDGE (ENDANGERED SPECIES)
ASTRONOMY/BETH ARMOGIDA PLANETARIUM
A PowerPoint presentation with wonderful photos is available if you cannot accommodate the planetarium. (Then leave info on the planetarium.
What is this? A skeleton, skull, ribs,. . . What is it for? Support, protection, muscle attachment? What animal is a mammal or reptile? How does it live?
Children will learn the answers by observing and manipulating bones of many kinds.
CANINES AND/OR FELINES
The Upper Mojave Desert is a unique environment. Presentations highlight local plant and animal ecosystems emphasizing characteristics that enable them to survive in the desert.
GEOGRAPHY OF THE LOCAL AREA
HISTORY OF INDIAN WELLS VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREA
This program takes a close-up look at insects focusing on their physical characteristics, abilities, and metamorphosis. Arachnids are also discussed.
This presentation explains how these Indians survived the desert environment during the last 1,000 years. It includes examples and artifacts of the tools and baskets used, how food was prepared and types of shelters built.
The lizards, snakes and tortoises of the Upper Mojave Desert have adapted to their desert conditions. The presentation includes identification of local species, their characteristics, and habitats. We discuss poisonous reptiles and reptiles that are protected by the U.S. Government.
ROCKS AND GEOLOGY
The eastern side of California is a geologically active area. Earthquake faults, cinder cones, obsidian domes, explosion pits, lava flows, the Long Valley caldera, and hot springs are explained with samples of volcanic rocks and geological maps.
WEATHER ON THE HIGH DESERT
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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.
Featured Artist Interviews
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)