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 the fall and winter months 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 period opens in the fall each year, and closes once Mojave Max has emerged (Spring of the following year). Clark County teachers for grades 1-5, if you would like to request a Mojave Max Assembly and have the Mojave Max Education Team visit your school to talk about desert tortoises, the Mojave Desert and the Mojave Max Emergence Contest, please submit your application during the month of October. All applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified about their application status in mid-November.
Clark County School District teachers and youth and civic organizations may request “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 schools, clubs or civic organizations 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. Tortoise Talks are now offered as virtual synchronous and asynchronous learning content. To request a virtual, synchronous presentation, click here. To request virtual, asynchronous learning content, click here.
Mojave Max Emergence Contest
Beginning in late fall or early winter each year, 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 to the 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 in the fall of 2022. Opening of the emergence contest is announced on this website, and on Mojave Max’s social media.
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.