Kid’s Corner

The Kids Corner is a place where children of all ages can use their imagination to build, color, and create.

Kids Picture Gallery

Calling All Young Artists!

We will be displaying drawings and photographs of desert animals and nature scenes on the Hi-Desert Nature Museum web site as part of our Kids Picture Gallery. If you have a photograph you’ve taken or a drawing you’ve made, we’d love to see them!

You can send a digital image of your artwork to:
museum@yucca-valley.org

Or send your submission by mail to:

Kids Picture Gallery
Hi-Desert Nature Museum
57116 Twentynine Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Be sure to include your name and age with your submission!

 

Become a Hi-Desert Nature Museum Junior Naturalist

Visit the Museum’s Kids Corner and learn fun and fascinating information about the natural science of the Mojave Desert.

Weather

Weather affects every living thing on Earth. What we wear, where we live, what we eat, and what we do all day depends on the weather. For the most part, weather is the interaction of air and water very near the Earth’s surface.

Water and Air

How does water get into the air to make rain? Water from the ocean, ponds and rivers, and even from you, is constantly evaporating into the air. Each and every evaporating water molecule floats separately into the air. High up in our atmosphere, where the air is very cold, the water molecules turn back into liquid. Up in the sky, water vapor sticks to dust and forms little droplets. We know the bunches of water droplets in the sky as “clouds.” And when so many water molecules are stuck together that the air can’t hold them up anymore, the water falls out of the sky as rain.

Home Experiment: The Water Cycle

Carefully measure out one cup of water into a big, wide bowl. Cover the bowl with clear plastic wrap. Then set the bowl in the sunlight. After a few hours, come back and look at the plastic wrap. It’s wet with droplets of water. Where did that water come from? It came from evaporation and condensation. The liquid water molecules were carried away by the air molecules one at a time (evaporation). Then, when they hit the plastic

wrap, some of those water molecules stuck together and became droplets again (condensation). Shake all the droplets off the plastic wrap back into the bowl. Carefully remove the plastic so as to keep as much water as possible in the bowl. Then pour all the water into your measuring cup again. Do you still have one cup of water? It usually comes out pretty close.

The same thing is happening, on a much bigger scale, in the weather.

Enjoy more fun home experiments while you learn about science with Bill Nye the Science Guy at http://www.billnye.com

 

FUN FACTS ABOUT BUGS
  1. There are about 91,000 different kinds (species) of insects in the United States. In the world, some 1.5 million species have been named.
  2. Fleas can jump 130 times higher than their own height. In human terms that is equal to a 6 foot person jumping 780 feet into the air.
  3. Beetles account for 1/4 of all known species of plants and animals. There are more kinds of beetles than all plants.
  4. The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knees.
  5. Houseflies find sugar with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive than human tongues.
  6. Ticks can grow from the size of a grain of rice to the size of a marble.
  7. While gathering food, a bee may fly up to 60 miles in one day.
  8. Ants can lift and carry more than 50 times their own weight.
  9. Wasps feeding on fermenting juice have been known to get “drunk” and pass out.
  10. Mexican jumping beans actually have a caterpillar of a bean moth inside.
  11. Approximately 2,000 silkworm cocoons are needed to produce one pound of silk.
  12. Insects have been present on the earth for about 350 million years, and humans for only 130,000 years.
    Flies beat their wings 200 times per second. This is why they make a buzzing sound when they fly.