Tortoises and wildflowers featured at Children’s Hour

“When desert tortoises wake up from their winter hibernation, they are very hungry for plants. Out of their burrows they come to find wildflowers, leaves, and stems — all things vegetable.”

The Maturango Museum docents will share this information and more at the Friday, April 20, Children’s Hour program from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“The children will learn about the tortoise and wildflower connection through educational and fun stories, songs and crafts,” said a spokesperson.

“At the Discovery Table, they can see and touch the puzzle-like scutes of the shell and study up-close two prepared and mounted tortoises. Wildflowers that the tortoises love to eat and that we all are enjoying this spring will reveal amazing details with the aid of magnifying glasses.”

For more information about educational programs visit or call 760-375-6900. The Maturango Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for major holidays.

Story First Published: 2018-04-13