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Explorit Science Center, Davis, California

Welcome to Explorit where it's all about hands-on science!

TODAY! May 3rd is your Big Day of Giving
to support science education and Explorit Science Center.

What we do
Explorit's innovative, interactive school- and family-oriented programs serve over 30 thousand children and their families each year in 17 northern California counties. Children in their school environment and at Explorit are encouraged to hone their discovery and thinking abilities while at the same time to appreciate the fun and joy of science in their lives. These life-long skills are essential for their success throughout their education and careers and provide a solid basis for understanding social and environmental issues in the 21st Century. Explorit's staff and Board of Directors are very proud of these contributions as we enter our 34th year!
What you can do
Support Explorit on Big Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 3rd by making a donation of $25 or more.
Even better, we've received generous matching pledges that will DOUBLE YOUR DONATION up to $5,000!
Thank you for helping Explorit achieve its mission to ignite and foster curiosity about science and nature through inquiry and discovery.
Lars Anderson, Ph.D. 
President, Explorit Board of Directors

You will need to scroll down on that page to find the "Donation Form" for Explorit!

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12 Reasons why giving to Explorit is totally worth it




Take a 15 second peek at some hands-on science

Explorit engages children and adults in hands on science exploration and discovery.  
We have a family-friendly museum and nature site in Davis. 
We take science programs on the road to schools and community sites in 18 counties. 
  To enquire about booking a program for the 2016-17 year call (530) 756-0191

SUMMER CAMP registration is OPEN 


- June13 thru August 19, 2016 

Summer-Learning Fun At Explorit, 3141 5th Street, Davis 
• Registration OPEN - some spaces left!
   • Weekly morning sessions. Afternoon sessions too!
   • Five fun, science topics for each grade level K-5
   • Scholarships available

• CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS and Camp Registration..

 Interested in being a Summer Camp Volunteer Assistant?


➣ TODAY! please support Explorit as the Sacramento region comes together for a BIG Day of Giving Local

Support kids who are hungry for science.


On Tuesday May 3 be sure to return here to make your donation Celebrating Explorit Science Center’s 34 years of creating hands-on science and nature experiences.  You will be able to help Explorit match its $5,000 challenge to double your gift!  (The page says $3,000 but the amount has been augmented!)


Your gift will support Explorit's programs to benefit children's science learning and adult science literacy



➣ Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
WILDFIRE: the good, the bad and the misunderstood.  

NOTE: location changed to Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street, Davis.
may-2016-wildfire-talk.jpgA "Cutting Edge of Science Lecture" on 'Hot Topics and Burning Questions!' 
Fire is an essential feature of California's wild landscape. But wildfire poses risks to people and property in its potential path. How do we reduce the risk to homes and human life in fire adapted environments? The lecture is free, and those (including young people) interested in fire science, watershed management, and public safety are particularly encouraged to attend. These hot topics, along with your burning questions about fire, will make for a lively and instructive evening. Don't miss it.

➣ Saturday, May 7 
 “Lumbering Lumbricus- Hey, Worms Got Culture!”  10 am – 12 noon

Meet Explorit’s animals and hear about our new worm cultures and the benefits of composting.  Have a look at these gentle and essential parts of our soil ecosystems- nothing fishy here!

➣ Monday, May 9
  Join the Davis-Explorit Astronomy Club from 7am - 9am at Explorit

for a special viewing (weather permitting) of the transit of Mercury, before you go to school or work. The 2016 transit of Mercury will begin at 4:15am and end at 11:39am, with the greatest transit occurring at 7:57am when Mercury will be halfway in its path across the sun’s surface. 

➣ Saturday, May 14
Check out Explorit's "Feathers in Flight" event 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We will be celebrating International Migratory Bird Day as part of Explorit's 'Feathers In Your World" 2016 Community Science Project which is partially funded by Genentech and the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation.     Check out the plan for the day as it evolves <<   


PROGRAMS    (for our full repertoire click here )   

Programs for School and other Groups 

Attention Teachers, Parents and PTA members:
Explorit offers several programs at our facility in Davis and also travels with a selection of classroom science programs and two family science nights. Has Explorit visited your or your child's school?
As an elementary school teacher, or a parent you can check out the options
To find out if your school is within Explorit's traveling range please call 530-756-0191 or email
We look forward to hearing from you. 


Science Action Club

- The first (winter) series: January 16, 23, and 30, 2016 has ended. Watch here for the announcement of the Spring series.


Look into this exciting new opportunity for middle school students at Explorit Science Center. The Science Action Club. is a collaboration with NASA developed by the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. SAC is designed to engage sixth- through eighth-grade students in 'research-grade', hands-on, citizen-science, project-based activities.

Contact Explorit NOW at or call 530-756-0191 for information about the Spring Series. No fee. Registration is required. Attendance at all three workshops in a series is required.      Read more >>   



Explorit's Nature Bowl Team 

  • What is the Nature Bowl? Click here!
  • Who can participate? 3rd through 6th graders.
  • How can you find out how to register? Click here!
  • If you are a teen or adult who would like to be a team mentor or assistant please email Lisa Justice at 


A SURVEY:   About Explorit's Summer Science Camp

Please click here. Your feedback will be very helpful.


➣ Visit Explorit's Exploration Gallery

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NEW! The Nano Exhibits with signage in English and Spanish are on display as well as  "Water in Our World" and other exploration activities!  [Click here for a Sneak Peek!]

Our hands-on gallery is is filling up with experiments and investigations!  Try this Water Quiz before you visit!

We are open  to the public Wednesday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 3:00 to
6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Support Explorit's programs to benefit children's science learning and 
adult science literacy

Support hands-on science curiosity, investigation, problem solving and critical thinking.  JOIN or DONATE  online
Are you a member or donor? Members and donors are Explorit's most important sources of support.  You can make your tax-deductible gift in support of hands-on science today! Your support benefits young children, their families and their teachers.
Explorit's science programs for children are fun and interesting. Our programs for schools are valued by teachers. Adult programs help to encourage science literacy.

 Members and donors are our most important source of support. 

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