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with your family for hands-on science 



an Explorit hands-on science program for your school 




Closed: on Friday and Saturday afternoons October 20 and 21.  news_explorit_small.png 
OPEN AT 6:30 pm on those days for SPOOKY SCIENCE NIGHTS (see below)

vonHumboldt.png? Do you know who Alexander von Humboldt was? Well, born in Berlin in 1769 he became a naturalist explorer. Humboldt revolutionized the way we see the natural world. He found connections everywhere. ‘In this great chain of causes and effects,’ Humboldt said, ‘no single fact can be considered in isolation.’ He is admired and famous around the world but less well known by Americans. We wonder why this is. Come to our October 28 talk by author Andrea Wulf to learn about her lively, well researched account of his life and travels. Read more ...


➣ Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016

Two Spooky Science Nights 

6:30pm - 8:30pm at Explorit
Participants will use science to solve clues to unravel an over-arching sci-fi mystery. 
Newsflash: "It's loose! A team of visiting scientists have engineered a hybrid creature that has escaped! Help Explorit identify the scientist responsible for these horrific experiments gone wrong. Explore the crime scene, investigate the clues, and solve the mystery of the escaped creature. Only science sleuthing can save Davis now!"
Tickets are $10/person and will be available at the door.

    ➣ Girl Scout Spooky Science Night

       on Friday, October 21, 2016

    ➣ Spooky Science Night excitement for intrepid investigators of all ages

       on Saturday, October 22, 2016


➣ Friday, October 28, 2016:  Humboldts Invention-of-nature Andrea Wulf

 Andrea Wulf, Award Winning Author of "The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt's New World",

is coming to Davis to speak about her biography of Alexander Von Humboldt and to sign her book:

Time: 7:00pm 

Wulf travels Europe and the US to talk about this, her most recent book, that has received rave reviews for its scholarship, and its prose: "A pleasure to read ... excellent ... Buckle up and prepare your self for Andrea Wulf's hugely enjoyable voyage of discovery ... rip-roaring yarn ... vivid prose ... fine book." --The Ecologist.     
Purchase your tickets online.      Download the flyer
"The Invention of Nature" can be purchased at The Avid Reader in downtown Davis (617 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616) and will be available for purchase and signing at the October 28th lecture.

➣ Fall 2016 Nature-Bowl -icon.jpg

First meetings of Explorit's two Nature Bowl Teams  


Explorit’s Nature Bowl teams meet Thursday afternoons, 3:45-4:45 pm in Explorit’s West Wing classroom, beginning Thursday, October 13.  

Joining an Explorit team is easy, and is open to all 3rd-6th graders. Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 right away for sign-up information.    



➣ Through November 7, 2016  feathers-at-pence-gallery.png

“Feathers In Art” at The Pence Art Gallery

212, D Street, Davis CA.
Don’t miss out on a fascinating, ‘Feathers In Art” feathery exhibition experience. Explorit Science Center’s “Feathers in Your World” project will create a display of the many ways feathers are integrated in our art and culture. Collaborating with local artists Explorit showcases the magnificence of feathers and especially their use in art now and over the ages. The exhibition will be open for a month and will include ‘Art After Dark’ on Oct. 7th and ‘Second Friday Art About’ on October 14th, 2016. 
The exhibition is part of Explorit's current "Feathers Community Science Project."

November 16, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.turkeys.png

Turkeys of Davis 

A family-friendly talk presented by John McNerney 
at Explorit Science Center

Wild turkeys seem to be all over Davis these days and their numbers are increasing. Who are these birds? Why are they living here? Their presence has created amusement and controversy. Are there any simple solutions?

John McNerney, Wildlife Resource Specialist for the City of Davis, will provide an overview of the urban wild turkeys, opportunities and challenges they present, and how the city plans to manage them.

The talk is a part of Explorit's current "Feathers Community Science Project" 


 ➣ February 2017 - a four-workshop series

Conservation Club for 5th-8th graders:

  • "Do you love elephants? So do we! That's why Explorit's Conservation Club is moving to February, 2017. 
  • In partnership with Think Elephants, International, Explorit's Conservation Club is a special program for 5th-8th grade students to discover the world of conservation through studying Asian elephants. 
  • We'll spend each Saturday morning in February investigating animal behavior with hands-on activities, capping off the month with a live Skype call with animal researchers and elephants in Thailand! Save the lovely month of February for everybody's favorite pachyderm!"  ThinkElephants-logo.png
  • Students are required to attend all four workshops. 
  • The registration fee for the workshop series is $130, with 25% of the proceeds going to Think Elephants International. 
 Call Explorit to express interest at 530-756-0191 or email Alfreda at


        June 13 thru August 19, 2016 

Summer-Learning Fun At Explorit, 3141 5th Street, Davis See Video  



[For the visiting public and for school groups]

Programs for School and other Groups  


Attention Teachers, Parents and PTA members:

Explorit is taking 2016-2017 reservations now for school group programs at Explorit or at your school.

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:  
To find out if your school is within Explorit's traveling range please call 530-756-0191 or email
NEW! Homeschool Science Adventures with eight topics to choose from for homeschool groups of up to 20 children. 
We look forward to hearing from you. 

For the general public - visit Explorit's Exploration Gallery


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.

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