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  • Cottonwood Trails Closed

    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.

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Pre-school & Kindergarten

Natural History Fossils, Rocks, and Digs


 

Second Grade

Natural History

Furry Flyers: Desert Bats helps students explore the important roles bats play in our ecosystem.

Earth's Bare Bones: Desert Minerals explores the makeup of the minerals in our rocks and helps students identify local minerals by color.



 

Third & Fourth Grades

Natural History

Desert Adaptations engages students in exploring how plants and animals have adapted to survive in the desert. For fourth graders.


Cultural History Living in Harmony helps students explore how the California Desert Indians lived and survived in the local area.
 

Fifth & Sixth Grades

Cultural History Layers Upon Layers engages students in the science of archeology by mapping artifacts and making inferences on what is found.


 

Middle School & Junior High

Natural History Tortoise, Tortoise launches students into a study of the desert tortoise through scientific study practices using tortoise replicas.


 

High School

Natural History

Discovering the Ancients. Exploring how the desert helps students understand the ancient ages of our desert plants, how plant ages are determined, and what threatens the plants.

Tortoise, Tortoise launches students into a study of the desert tortoise through scientific study practices using tortoise replicas.

Cultural History

National Park Service Careers helps students explore the importance of national parks and the types of jobs needed to manage these special places.

Job Shadowing allows a student to accompany a park ranger in order to experience what he or she does on a daily basis.



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...