Mojave Max has a lot to teach your kids about native desert species and conservation!
We hope the following resources will help you continue spreading the message of Mojave Max in the classroom and beyond!
The Mojave Max Education Program provides educational assemblies in Fall and Winter of each year. The assemblies include appearances by a Ranger who discusses desert tortoise biology and conservation, an educator who discusses Mojave Desert weather which plays an important part in Mojave Max’s emergence, and the Mojave Max mascot. The assembly application is currently closed and will reopen in the Fall of next year. Clark County teachers for grades 1-5, if you would like to request a Mojave Max Assembly and have the Mojave Max team visit your school to talk more about desert tortoises, the Mojave Desert and the Mojave Max Emergence Contest, please check back next Fall when the applications are reopened. Maybe Mojave Max can visit your school next!!
Clark County School District teachers and youth and civic organizations may request individual Mojave Max “Tortoise Talk” presentations. Unlike the Mojave Max assemblies, individual Tortoise Talks are conducted year-round, and do not include an appearance by the costumed Mojave Max mascot. We will visit your school, club or civic organization and give an approximately 45-minute lesson about the desert tortoise and its habitat, the Mojave Desert. The lesson also includes information about Mojave Desert weather, desert tortoise biology, and the importance of desert conservation. Tortoise Talks are best-suited for individual classes with a maximum audience of 40 students. The presentation is fun, interactive, curriculum-based, and appropriate for kids in grades K-5. Please fill out the attached form to request a Tortoise Talk. You can also email Mojave Max Program Manager, Heather Green for more information.
Mojave Max Emergence Contest
Beginning each year at the beginning of November, Clark County students and teachers can submit a guess as to when they think the real live Mojave Max tortoise will emerge from his burrow at Springs Preserve. The student who guesses closest to Max’s actual emergence time will win a laptop computer, a Springs Preserve year-long family membership, an “America the Beautiful” year-long pass to National Parks and Federal Recreation areas and a backpack filled with outdoor goodies. The winner’s entire class will receive T-shirts and Olympic-style medals, as well as a field trip and pizza party at Springs Preserve. The teacher of the winning student will also receive a laptop computer.
The Mojave Max Emergence Contest is currently closed, and will reopen next November.
Mojave Max Education Manual
Would you like to teach the Mojave Max lessons in your own classroom? The Mojave Max Education Manual is yours to download, print and use as you’d like. This manual is chock full of information about the Mojave Max program. The manual has information about the life cycle of the desert tortoise and a number of lesson plans that you can use to teach your students.
Resources for students and teachers
Mojave Max believes in enjoying his desert home and he wants everyone to learn how to keep it safe, how to Respect it, Protect it, and Enjoy it. To do that, he and his friends have collected many fun resources that will help you get started exploring his world.