Activities And Expeditions

Learning Expeditions

Rock Collecting at the Dinosaurs

Rock Collecting at the Dinosaurs is JMDC’s signature Student Learning Expedition. This Expedition is an introduction to rocks, minerals and fossils that complements NGSS for most grade levels. The Expedition begins in our rock corral where Student Explorers discover how rocks and minerals are formed, and the many ways we use them in our daily lives. Student Explorers also discover fun facts about fossils. Leaving the rock corral, your Guide leads Student Explorers on a short hike through our gardens, offering information about the dinosaurs they meet along the way. Once Student Explorers reach Dino Mesa, they are each given an egg carton to make their own collection of twelve rocks, minerals or fossils to take home. Virtual Option Available, ask for details

Cost – $10.00 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA Next Generation Science Standards – KESS3.A; 1PS4.A; 2ESS1.C; 2ESS2.A; 2ESS2.C; 3LS4.A; 4ESS2.A; 4ESS3.A; MS7ESS2.C; MS7ESS3.A

California Rockhound

This Expedition offers Student Explorers an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the rock cycle. Covered topics include rock formation from magma (igneous rocks), water and wind erosion (sedimentary rocks), and heat and pressure (metamorphic rocks). Also included is a discussion of the important roles rocks and minerals play as a natural resource. Each Student Explorer receives a set of eight rocks and eight minerals to take home.

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA Next Generation Science Standards – 2ESS1.C; 2ESS2.A; 2ESS2.C; 4ESS1.C; 4ESS2.A; 4ESS3.A; 4ESS3.B; 7ESS3.A

Dinosaur Dig

Our Dinosaur Dig Expedition is fun for aspiring paleontologists of all ages. This Expedition introduces Student Explorers to the world of Paleontology through a hands-on dig experience. Student Explorers will begin their Expedition with a tour of our dinosaur sculptures, learning fun facts about each, as well as a little about how each was discovered. Once Student Explorers arrive at the dig site, they will be given some tools of the trade and will work together as a team to unearth an Allosaurus skeleton, replicating an actual dig experience.

Cost – $10.00 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA Next Generation Science Standards – 3LS4.A; 3LS3.C; 4ESS1.C

Fossils Through Time

Student Explorers will discover facts about fossils, including how fossils have been used by scientists to establish a geological timeline. This Expedition also reviews reasons why fossils have gone extinct, and why some creatures have survived throughout time for millions of years. Student Explorers will examine fossils close-up, then polish a fossil to take home.

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA Next Generation Science Standards – 3LS4.A; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C; MS8ESS1.C; MS8LS4.A

Geology of California

The geology of California is one of the most diverse in the United States. This Expedition takes Student Explorers on a journey across the great state of California discovering the geological processes that shaped the landscape. These forces include volcanic eruptions, water and wind erosion, and plate tectonics. Also discussed is the importance the mining industry plays in the economy of California. Student Explorers receive a collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils indigenous to California.

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA Next Generation Science Standards – 2ESS1.C; 2ESS2.A; 2ESS2.C; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C; 4ESS2.A; 5ESS2.A; MS8ESS1.C; MS7ESS2.C

Gold Fever!

This Student Learning Expedition takes Student Explorers back to the days of the 49ers and the California Gold Rush. During the days of the Gold Rush, gold fever swept across the United States bringing thousands of people to California, changing the course of California history and the state’s economy. During this Expedition, Student Explorers learn about life during the gold rush, staking claims, and the important role women played in California history. Student Explorers will try their hand at panning for gold, keeping any gold and other minerals they find. Be warned – you just may catch GOLD FEVER!

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA History Social Science Standards – HSS4.3.3; HSS4.3.4; HSS4.4.2

Early Man Archaeology Dig

This Expedition gives Student Explorers a taste of life as an Archaeologist. After learning the science behind archaeology, Student Explorers will be instructed on the archaeological process. They will be given a trowel and brush to use as they unearth artifacts. They will record their findings in a field notebook which they will take home. The mock archaeology site represents an early man site. Student Explorers will unearth flint knapping tools, obsidian, arrow points, and perhaps a bone or two. At the conclusion of the dig, Student Explorers will share their findings with the group.

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA History Social Science Standards – HSS 6th

Pictograph Language and Art

What was life like 500 years ago? How did people communicate without a written language? Instead of written words, one method of communication was through pictures, known as pictographs. This Student Learning Expedition combines history, language arts, and visual arts while offering a glimpse into the life of long ago. Student Explorers will discover the ways life long ago differed from our own and the many ways it was similar. Student Explorers will be told a story using pictures. Student Explorers will then grind minerals into paint and tell their own original story using pictographs.

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA history Social Science and Visual Arts Standards – HSS1.4.3; HSS3.2.2; HSS5.1.2; VAPA.VA 1.2.1; LA K-6th

Adventures in Adobe

Discover the history of Adobe Brick making and the significance of the adobe brick to California history. This Student Learning Expedition delves into the importance of adobe, along with a natural water supply, as an important natural resource for early California settlers. Don’t be afraid to get dirty as you immerse yourself in the adobe making process. This is a hands-on and “feet-on” activity. Student Explorers work together to make adobe bricks, and can make their own adobe brick to take home.

Cost – $10.00 per Explorer.  

This Expedition Complements Ca History Social Science Standards – HSS K6.3; 1.4.3; 1.5.2; 3.2; 4.2.1; 4.2.3; 4.2.4; 4.2.5

Critters:
How and Why

Meet the members of JMDC’s Critter Corner family. During this Student Learning Expedition, Student Explorers will be introduced to a variety of reptiles and arthropods. Your Guide will discuss habitats, eating habits, body structure and function, reproduction, and the diversity that exists within an ecosystem. Some discussion topics include arboreal versus terrestrial; how and why foot pads differ; ways reptiles have adapted to their environment; and many more topics. Student Explorers will have an opportunity to see these critters up close and touch some of the reptiles. This Learning Expedition is enhanced with a JMDC Critters: How and Why Activity Book which reinforces the concepts covered in the program.

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA Next Generation Science Standards – K S1.C; 1 LS1.A; 1 LS1.D; 2 LS4.D; 3 LS1.B; 4 LS1.A

Ecosystems, Genetics and Critters

JMDC’s Student Learning Expedition Ecosystems, Genetics and Critters is designed for grades 5 and above, Student Explorers participating in this program will take an in depth look into the interdependent relationships of ecosystems, focusing specifically on deserts, riparian zones and forests. The program will discuss the ways the major components, including plants and animals, in an ecosystem work together. Student Explorers will also discover ways an ecosystem can be disrupted. In addition, this program will take a deeper dive into the reproduction and inherited traits of various reptiles. Student Explorers will get up-close to the reptiles discussed. Participants will receive a JMDC Ecosystems, Genetics, and Critters Activity Book which reinforces the concepts covered in this program.

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

This Expedition complements CA Next Generation Science Standards – 5 LS2.A; 6 LS1.B; 7 LS2.A; 8 LS3.B; HS LS2.A

Plants of the Jurupa Mountains

Plants of the Jurupa Mountains Student Learning Expedition takes Student Explorers on a walking tour of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center grounds while they discover facts about the plants native to this region. Depending upon the grade level, concepts covered may include: how do plants grow; parts of a plant; growth and development of plants; plant reproduction; pollination; unique life cycles of plants; the role of plants within this ecosystem and ways the ecosystem can be disrupted; and variations in traits. Student Explorers will receive a Plants of JMDC Activity Book which reinforces the concepts covered in the program. Expedition is tailored to cover content specific standards of the grade level participating.

Cost – $12.50 per Explorer.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – K LS1.1; 1 LS1.A; 1 LS1.B; 2 LS2.A; 3 LS1.B; 4 LS1.A; 5 LS2.A; 6 LS1.B; 7 LS2.A; HS LS2.A; HS LS2.B

Expedition Enhancements

Add one or more of our Expedition Enhancements.

Bring your own Lunch

After a bus ride and a great Learning Expedition every Student Explorer needs something to eat. JMDC can reserve an area for Student Explorers to sit down and enjoy a meal they bring from home or school. You provide the food, and we’ll provide the place.

No Cost | Adds ≈30 minutes to the Expedition time.

Museum of Discoveries

A visit to JMDC’s Museum of Discoveries is a great addition to any Expedition. Student Explorers enjoy making many discoveries.

Cost – $3.00 per Explorer | Adds ≈30 minutes to the Expedition time.

Critter Corner

Have a meet and greet with four of the denizens of our Critter Corner. Explorers will get some limited hands-on time with some of JMDC’s collection of turtles, snakes, lizards, and invertebrates. Discover their eating habits, habitats, and lifestyles.

Cost – $3.00 per Explorer | Adds ≈30 minutes to the Expedition time.

Shop in the Gift Shop of Discoveries

Student Explorers want to bring home something to remember their outings from school. JMDC provides the perfect Student Explorer shopping experience. With many items priced for the Student Explorer starting at $1.00 or less all it takes is a few dollars to bring home some memories. JMDC will pay the tax on all Student Explorer cash purchases, this makes it simpler for Student Explorers to shop without figuring the tax.

No Cost, except what you spend | Adds ≈30 minutes to the Expedition time.

Hike to the Mammoth

If your Explorers are interested in meeting Eddie the Mammoth up close and in person, add a Hike to the Mammoth to your Expedition. Follow your guide through the hills and up to Eddie where you will view the Jurupa Valley below you.

Cost – $1.00 per Explorer | Adds ≈30 minutes to the Expedition time.

Questions and answers

Please review the following Learning Expedition Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions regarding your upcoming visit, please call our office at (951) 685-5818 during regular business hours: Tues. – Sat. 8:00 – 5:00 and Sundays 12:00 – 5:00.

Learning Expedition reservations can be made by calling our office during regular business hours and speaking to one of our helpful staff. While we will try to accommodate your first choice for a learning expedition date, please have one or two alternative dates in mind. Once your learning expedition has been booked, you will receive via email an information page confirming your learning expedition, an invoice for the administration fee and a quote for your field trip expedition. Once you have received this email, your learning expedition is confirmed and must be cancelled in writing via email to director@jmdc.org.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center will make every effort to accommodate any changes to your reservations. All changes must be made in writing via email to director@jmdc.org. Any cancellations must be made via email to director@jmdc.org. Cancellations must be made at least four weeks prior to the scheduled date of the learning expedition. Learning Expeditions cancelled due to weather can be rescheduled at no additional cost to the school. Any “no-shows” or schools that fail to cancel within four weeks prior to the scheduled learning expedition will be billed for the full quoted amount of the reservation.

All payments can be made with cash, credit or debit card, or purchase orders. Checks are accepted from teachers, schools and school organizations such as PTA, PTSA or Booster groups.

A $20.00 non-refundable administration fee is required prior to the date of your learning expedition. Payment in full is due on the date of the learning expedition, or Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center will be happy to accept a purchase order from your school or district on the day of your learning expedition.

We understand that teachers making a learning expedition reservation may only have an estimated number of Explorers. We expect numbers to vary somewhat. If your numbers are significantly (10%) more or less than originally estimated, Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center must be notified via email (director@jmdc.org) at least two weeks prior to the date of the field trip. This will help with correct staffing.

Always check the weather before your scheduled learning expedition to Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center. Most of our learning expeditions are outdoors so explorers should dress accordingly. Closed toed shoes are recommended. Explorers should also bring plenty of water.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Staff strives to make your learning expedition a memorable and enjoyable experience for all involved. To help achieve this goal, we ask that you arrive approximately fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled learning expedition time. Buses can park by the steps in front of the office/gift shop in the designated bus area to unload. Once the buses are unloaded, they should park in the lower parking lot. Explorers exit the bus and relax on the benches (use restroom, etc) until the learning expedition begins. Schools should designate one teacher to check in for the learning expedition. Please have an accurate count of students, chaperones and staff.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center understands that sometimes circumstances beyond your control may cause you to arrive late for your learning expedition. When this happens, we will try to accommodate your late arrival. However, if another school is booked on the same day, tours may need to be altered if a school arrives late. Remember – your learning expedition trip has an arrival time and a start time. To ensure the best possible experience for your students please be ready to start your learning expedition at the scheduled time.

This number will be based upon state and CDC guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center does not limit the number of chaperones attending a learning expedition. We leave that decision to the school/teachers. Adult chaperones pay the same amount as students for any learning expedition.

No we do not offer food service, and recommend explorers bring a sack lunch and water. We do sell snacks (chips and cookies) in the gift shop, but we do not have vending machines or any other type of food service. There are some fast food restaurants a short driving distance from Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center.

COME EXPLORE THE PAST AT JMDC

Family Learning Expeditions

Join a Learning Expedition into the past with a JMDC Guide.  Families of Explorers or Solo Explorers will have fun while discovering about Rocks, Minerals and how Fossils are formed.  You will then move into the reserved part of property to continue looking at more Dinosaurs sculptures and end by making a personal collection of twelve rocks, mineral or fossils.  Come out and explore the past with JMDC.

Cost is $9.00 per person, children under two years of age are no charge.

Celebrate your birthday at JMDC

Please call for times and availability. 951.685.5818

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center

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Three Toed Box Turtle

Baby is one of our original Critter Corner Ambassadors.  She has visited with hundreds of school children during the years she has called JMDC home.  Baby came to us as a donation from a family that was no longer able to keep her.  Baby is very friendly and looks forward to her daily tasty worm snack.

The three-toed box turtle is native to south-central United States, from Missouri and Oklahoma south to Alabama and west into Texas. This turtle needs to live near water and prefers a combination of wooded and grassy habitat.  Populations of all 6 subspecies of Terrapene carolina, including the three-toed box turtle, are in decline. The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, the world’s leading conservation organization. The main causes of decline are habitat destruction.

If you sponsor Baby, your donation will help pay for her food and care.

Just $5.00 per month or $60.00 per year will contribute to Baby’s food and upkeep.

Package #6 – Adventures in Adobe

Who doesn’t like to play in the mud?  An Adventures in Adobe party is the perfect combination of education and fun.  Party Explorers will hear stories about life during the Mission period in California.  Then be prepared to get dirty.  Party Explorers will take off their shoes, roll up their pants legs, and stomp in the adobe mud until it is perfect brick consistency.  Everyone makes a brick to take home.

JMDC Family Membership – $120.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $180.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Dinosaur Dig

Our Dinosaur Dig site is fun for budding paleontologists of all ages! This Expedition introduces Explorers to the world of paleontology through a hands-on dig experience.  Explorers take a walking tour of our dinosaur sculptures, and then help unearth an Allosaurus fossil, replicating an actual dig.  

Cost – $10.00 per person. 

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 3LS4.A; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C;

Fossils through Time

Discover facts about fossils and the geological timeline. 

Explorers examine fossils close up and take home a fossil of their own. 

Cost – $12.50 per person.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 3LS4.A; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C; MS8ESS1.C; MS8LS4.A   

 

Package #1 – Party with the Dinosaurs

The perfect party for the Rockhounder in your life. Through hands-on participation, Explorers learn identifying factors for some of the rocks and minerals we use every day.  A walk through the gardens follow, with stops along the way at the JMDC dinosaurs.  Your party Expedition Leader will share interesting dinosaur facts.  Once your group reaches Dino Mesa, Birthday Explorers are set loose in our collection area where twelve treasures of their choice can be added to an egg carton to take home.

JMDC Family Membership – $120.00 for 10 children and 30 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $180.00 for up to 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #2 – Diggin’ the Dinosaurs

A party for the future paleontologist or dinosaur enthusiast.  Party Explorers will hike through the gardens where they will learn about the dinosaurs from their knowledgeable Expedition Leader.  Upon arrival at the dig site, Explorers will learn the proper technique for excavating a fossil, and then try their hand at uncovering a mock Allosaurus skeleton.

JMDC Family Membership – $120.00 for 10 children and 30 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $180.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #3 – Strike it Rich! Gold Panning

Return to the days of early California with this wild west birthday adventure.  Participants will travel back to the Gold Rush Days of California.  Hear stories about the gold rush, learn panning techniques, then strike out to find some gold.  Keep the gems and minerals you discover.

JMDC Family Membership – $150.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $13.50 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Cost (Non-Members)- $210.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $13.50 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #4 – Storytelling with Pictographs

A party experience for creative folks of any age.  Party Explorers will experience the art of storytelling using pictures rather than words.  They will grind minerals into paint and, after a little practice, paint their story on wooden shingle using a yucca brush.

JMDC Family Membership – $130.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $11.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $190.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $11.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #5 – Paint a Dinosaur

This art oriented party is an excellent choice for children and adults alike.  Explorers can choose from a variety of premade dinosaur (or another ceramic figure) to paint, limited only by the imagination.  Our professional ceramics instructor will be there to offer tips and teach new painting techniques.  Each Party Explorer will take home a hand crafted work of art.  This package includes ceramic figure, paint and brushes.

JMDC Family Membership – $150.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $15.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $210.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $15.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

 

Package #7 – Fossils Through Time

This party is designed for the celebrant who loves fossils.  Your party leader will take Explorers through the fossil time line.  Explorers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with all types of fossils.  Conclude the fossil experience by polishing an ammonite to take home.

JMDC Family Membership – $150.00 for 10 children and 30 adults.  $13.50 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Cost (Non-Members) – $210.00 for up to 10 children and 25 adults.  $13.50 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Panther Chameleon

Rango has been part of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Critter family for the past year.  His vibrant colors and his tong like feet which allow him to grip tight to narrow branches make him a favorite with Critter Corner visitors.

Panther Chameleons are native to Madagascar.  They live in tropical forests and bushes. Panther chameleons have very long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of rapidly extending out of the mouth.   At the tip of this elastic tongue, a muscular, club-like structure covered in thick mucus forms a suction cup. Once the tip sticks to a prey item, it is drawn quickly back into the chameleon’s mouth.

If you sponsor Rango, your donation will help to pay for his food and care.

Just $10.00 per month or $120.00 per year will contribute to Rango’s food and upkeep.

Package #8 – The Roswell Archaeology Experience

This is archaeology at a new level.  Excavate fossils and artifacts that may have been left by visitors from other planets.  You never know what you may find when exploring at JMDC. 

JMDC Family Membership – $120.00 for 10 children and 30 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $180.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

 

Package #9 – Create Your Own Birthday Party Experience

JMDC Staff will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind birthday experience.  Bring your big ideas and we’ll see what we can do!  

JMDC Family Membership – Price is quoted based on your imagination. 

Looking to make your party even more special? 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Enjoy people and interacting with others
  • Completed training and demonstrated comprehension of information and techniques
  • Have an interest in nature, or the willingness to learn
  • Have an open mind that is ready to learn and experience new things
  • Be willing to represent Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in a friendly and professional manner
  • Be able to communicate clearly and calmly
  • Be responsible, committed, punctual, flexible and neat in appearance
  • Have free time to devote to the position

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches can be found in tropical forests, near river banks, and around trees and logs. Their geographic range in limited to Madagascar.

In the wild, cockroaches consume various plant and animal matter. At Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, we feed them greens, fruits, and vegetables.

Cockroaches can live from 2 – 5 years.

If you sponsor me and my family, your donation will pay for my food and care.

Just $5.00 per month or $60.00 per year will feed a family of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches for one year.

Volunteer Application

Frilled lizard

Nigel is a hybrid ¾ New Guinea ¼ Australian Frilled Lizard; and the newest member of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Critter family.  As a yearling, Nigel is still small.  When he is full grown, he will be about 24” long.  Nigel is an insectivore.  We feed him a diet of super worms, cockroaches, and crickets. 

Frilled lizards have a unique mode of defense.  When they are frightened, opens its pink or yellow mouth, and stands up on two back legs. It then pops up the large piece of colorful thin, extra skin surrounding its neck, like an umbrella. 

If you sponsor Nigel, your donation will help pay for his food and care.

Just $10.00 per month or $100.00 per year will contribute to Nigel’s food and care.

Motley Marble Golden Child Reticulated Python

Toby, is nearly two years old, and has called Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center home for the past year.  During his time here, Toby has grown from a mere 5-foot yearling to nearly 7 feet long.  When he is full grown, he can reach anywhere from 12 – 14 feet in length.   

Reticulated pythons are native to South Asia and Southeast Asia.  In their natural habitat a reticulated python will eat birds and mammals.  At Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, Toby eats large rats.

If you sponsor Toby, your donation will help pay for his food and care. 

Just $20.00 per month or $240.00 per year will contribute to Toby’s food and upkeep.

Green Iguana

Zilla, our Green Iguana, came to live at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center over three years ago when the family with whom she was living could no longer care for her.  She is one of our original Critter Corner residents.  Zilla loves to have her head scratched, and one of her favorite treats is blueberries.

The green iguana is native to South America and some portions of central and North America where it typically lives high up in trees in the rainforest. The iguana is mostly an herbivore, meaning that it likes to eat plants including leaves and fruit.  An interesting feature of green iguanas is their third eye. This is an extra eye on top of their head called a parietal eye. This eye is not quite like a normal eye, but it can help iguanas detect the movement of a predator sneaking up on them from above.

If you sponsor Zilla, your donation will help pay for her food and care.

Just $20.00 per month or $240.00 per year will contribute to Zilla’s food and upkeep.

California Rockhound

This expedition offers an excellent opportunity for Explorers to become familiar with the rock cycle.  Covered topics included rock formation from magma (igneous rocks), water and wind erosion (sedimentary rocks), and heat and pressure (metamorphic rocks). Also included is a discussion about the importance of rocks and minerals as a natural resource. Each Explorer receives a set of eight rocks and eight minerals to take home. 

Cost – $12.50 per person.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 2ESS1.C; 2ESS2.A; 2ESS2.C; 4ESS1.C; 4ESS2.A; 4ESS3.A; 4ESS3.B; 7ESS3.A;

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