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    Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »

  • Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect 30+ Minute Travel Delays

    Visitors should expect 30+ minute waits when heading north and sound bound on the Pinto Basin Road. Due to construction activity around Cottonwood Visitor Center, additional waits of 30 minutes may be in place when leaving the visitor center parking lot. More »

  • Deteriorating conditions of Black Rock Canyon Road

    The road leading to Black Rock campground has deep potholes, is deeply rutted, and can be difficult to negotiate, especially in large vehicles. Please drive with caution.

Furry Flyers: Desert Bats

Content Standards for California Public Schools

Science Grade two — Life Sciences: 2. Plants and animals have predictable life cycles. As a basis for understanding this concept: a. Students know that organisms reproduce offspring of their own kind and that the offspring resemble their parents and one another. b. Students know the sequential stages of life cycles are different for different animals, such as butterflies, frogs, and mice. c. Students know many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents. Some characteristics are caused or influenced by the environment. d. Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population

Grade two — 2.2 Students demonstrate map skills by describing the absolute and relative locations of people, places, and environments. 4. Compare and contrast basic land use in urban, suburban, and rural environments in California.

Grade two — 2.3 Students explain governmental institutions and practices in the United States and other countries. 1. Explain how the United States and other countries make laws, carry out laws, deter-mine whether laws have been violated, and punish wrongdoers.

Language Arts Grade two— 1.0 Listening and Speaking Strategies: Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication. They speak in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation. Comprehension: 1.2 Ask for clarification and explanation of stories and ideas. 1.3 Paraphrase information that has been shared orally by others. Organization and Delivery of Oral Communication 1.6 Speak clearly and at an appropriate pace for the type of communication (e.g., informal discussion, report to class).

Did You Know?

a tarantula

When cornered by a predator, a tarantula will rub its hind legs over its abdomen, brushing hairs into its enemy’s eyes. More...