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Science Saturdays


The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues their popular education program, Science Saturdays, with exciting topics in July. This series of discovery opportunities for children is designed to ignite curiosity by presenting information and performing experiments relating to biological and physical sciences. It is recommended that children be of school age for this program. Science Saturdays are held from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. and are offered free of charge with no pre-registration required.

July 13: Optical Illusions

An optical illusion is where images we see differ from actual reality. While many people view optical illusions as a type of “magic” they are really just the response of our brains. During this Science Saturday children will view all different types of optical illusions while Museum Educator, Crystal Mason, uncovers the mysteries behind them.

July 27: Genetics and Fingerprints

During this captivating Science Saturday kids will learn about resemblances and differences based on genetics, especially the fascinating world of fingerprints. Our genes determine a variety of our characteristics but 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.

For more than 45 years the Hi-Desert Nature Museum has been dedicated to the process of education by exploring the natural, artistic and cultural heritage of the Morongo Basin and High Desert. The Museum seeks to inspire wonder, discovery, understanding and responsibility in its community and visitors through exhibits, programs, and collections in the arts, history, and natural sciences. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is operated by the Town of Yucca Valley and is located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway. The Museum is open Thursday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is free; donations support the educational mission of the Museum. For more information, contact the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at (760) 369-7212 or see our web site at Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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