Tortoise Tales
Hi-Desert Nature Museum

August 2013


Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in July, August, and September.  Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents.

The lectures start at 12:00 noon.


 Admission  is $ 5 - Free for Members -  Beverages will be served.




In This Issue
July 25:
Parasites - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
Stefanie Ritter, Museum Biologist

Thinking about parasites gives most people the creeps. In this lecture you will also experience awe, astonishment and disgust while immersing yourself in the bizarre and sometimes beautiful world of parasites.


From plant to animal, internal to external,   parasites have explored all realms. See eye-popping snails (literally) and beautiful plants. The parasitic world has that and much more to offer.


August 8:
Patterns of Agriculture from Space: 
Past Legacies and Future Prospects 
Dr. Richard Hazlett Ph.D., Pomona College 

Art & Culture Wednesday - GREECE


Greece is called the "Cradle of Western Civilization" and has a long, fascinating history which includes the Spartans, Alexander the Great and the first Olympic Games.  During this Art & Culture program children will learn about Greece through pictures, music, hands-on crafts, and enjoy a sweet Greek baklava treat!

Art and Culture Wednesdays at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum provide unique opportunities for kids to explore other countries through hands-on activities led by experienced staff.

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $2 per student

No pre-registration required, pay at the door

Science Saturdays - August 27
Genetics and Fingerprints

During this Science Saturday children will learn about resemblances and differences based on genetics, especially the fascinating world of fingerprints. Our genes determine a variety of our characteristics such as eye color and facial features. However, fingerprints are particularly interesting because while they are genetic, they are unique to each individual. Museum Educator Crystal Mason will help kids determine which dominant and recessive genes they have and become young CSIs by analyzing their fingerprints.


Join us for days of discovery during Science Saturdays! These programs  will ignite your children's curiosity by presenting information and performing experiments relating to biology, earth science and chemistry. All programs will be facilitated by our Museum Educator. It is recommended that children be of school age for this program.

Time:    11:00-11:30 a.m.

Cost:     FREE!

No pre-registration required 


Museum Logo Your membership preserves our local history, art, culture, and natural science and provides opportunities to explore its meaning; provides quality educational programs for school children, adults and families; and supports growth and expansion of volunteer programs.


     Membership Benefits:

     Free Admission to lectures  

     Free Admission to children programs with

     family membership  


Stefanie Ritter 

Hi-Desert Nature Museum
Beginning Harmonica
This course will equip the aspiring musician with a practical understanding of this fun instrument.
Classes take place every Friday from 4 to 5 pm in the Community Center, Cholla Room. Cost is $2 per session.

Super Summer Squad  

Come out and join the Super Summer Squad for two and a half hours of arts and crafts and entertainment. The Town's Squad members have created a fun, educational environment for children to play and enjoy their summer vacation.


Mondays the Super Summer Squad visits the Community Center, Tuesdays at Paradise Park,  

Wednesdays at Essig Park, and

Thursdays they conclude at Jacobs Park for the week. The program begins at 9am and concludes at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and there is no limit, so come on out for some fun in the sun.

July 20

YVHS Alumni/

All-Star Jazz Band



July 27

Phat Cat Swinger



August 3


(country western)

Did you know...
Museums directly contribute more than $21 billion to the national economy.
Source: American Alliance of Museums

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