The land around us has so many stories to tell. At the next Children’s Hour on Friday, April 26, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., young children will learn about “Wild Critters - Their Tracks and Signs.”

In addition to “Who Pooped in the Park? Scat and Tracks for Kids” and other read-aloud books, action songs, a craft and guided hands-on exhibits, there will be a special Search and Find Tracks activity in the Museum’s Garden.

When exploring out in the desert and forests in the mountains, tracks or other signs that animals have left behind can often be seen. Different footprints (tracks) show what kind of animal has been there earlier. Sometimes other clues (signs) are found, such as bits of leftover food like nut shells or small bones. Different kinds of animals can also be identified from their scat (poop). Tracks and signs are like stories of what animals were doing when passing that way. 

Children’s Hour at the Maturango Museum is a free program for pre-schoolers and families presented by the volunteer Docent Story Group. It takes place once monthly during the school year, September-May. The final program, “Beautiful Butterflies - So Loved by Plants and People” is scheduled for Flex Friday, May 17, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Find more information and photos from Children’s Hour at, Facebook and Twitter, as well as in the local newspapers. The Maturango Museum is open daily, 10-5, and is located at 100 East Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555, and can be reached at 760-375-6900.