Mojave Max

Resources & Info

Be sure to check out the Resources section of this website which includes activity sheets, suggested books, frequently asked questions, fun facts, glossary, links to other informative websites, Mojave Max news, and the Species Account Manual.

Best of all, there is a page with Fun Stuff just for kids!

Mojave Max Assemblies

Teachers, 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, assembly applications will re-open next year. 


Mojave Max has a lot to teach your kids about native desert species and conservation!

Check out this awesome Mojave Max Education Manual which is chock full of information! It even has lessons that you can do in your classrooms! 

Additionally, we hope the following resources will help you continue spreading the message of Mojave Max in the classroom and beyond!

Assembly Presentations

The Mojave Max Program provides educational assemblies in January and February 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.

Classroom Presentations

Clark County School District teachers may request an individual Mojave Max classroom presentation. We will visit your classroom to teach a 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, the importance of desert conservation, and more about the Mojave Max Emergence contest. The presentation is fun, interactive, and curriculum-based. You can email Mojave Max Program Manager Andy Hart of Southern Nevada Conservancy or call him at 702-258-8265 for more information.

Mojave Max Emergence Contest

Beginning each year on approximately November 1st, Clark County students and teachers can submit a guess as to when they think the real Mojave Max tortoise will emerge from his burrow at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  The student who guesses closest to Max’s actual emergence time will win a laptop computer, a digital camera, and an "America the Beautiful" year-long pass to National Parks and Federal Recreation areas. The winner's entire class will receive T-shirts and Olympic-style medals, as well as a field trip and pizza party at Red Rock Canyon. The teacher of the winning student will also receive a laptop computer.

To enter the contest just click on the Emergence Contest page where you can read more about the contest and enter your guess.

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.