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Explorit Science Center


We create excitement for science and nature through interactive exploration for all. Visit our Center in Davis for fun interactive experiences, animals, backyard habitats and more. We also provide off and onsite programs to schools in 18 Northern California counties. Visiting information here.

Help Explorit by Sponsoring our Light & Sound Exhibit!  All Sponsors will be listed and recognized both on our website and in the exhibit gallery.  Your contributions will help turn a great exhibit into an excellent one!  Click here for more information.


Explorit Board Members and staff are saddened to hear of the passing of one of our founding members, Ruth Anne ("Anne") Hance.


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Anne was born March 5, 1932, in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, England, Anne invested her life in children's education: that of her students in England, her children in California, and the children of Davis where she lived and worked so long. 


In Davis, Anne worked extensively with gifted student programs (and consulted to similar programs in Dixon and Vacaville). She was a co-founder of the Friends of the Gifted and Talented, and later of the Davis Science Center (now known as EXPLORIT Science Center) Anne was EXPLORIT's executive director until her retirement in 1993.


She served on many community and school district advisory committees. Anne was active with the Davis Stamp Club, the Davis Educational Enrichment Council (DEEC), the Area Internet Users Group, and the Davis Community Network. Her delight in photography and the internet were particularly benefitted by the rise of social media in the past decade. 


In 1983, Anne Hance shared (with her dear friend, Evelyn Buddenhagen) the City of Davis annual Brinley award for community service. 


Anne Hance was the author of several books, including her recent "To Read Is To Fly," an annotated bibliography of stories imbued with scientific exploration and discovery for children, youth, and adults. Previously, she worked with artist Kathy West on "The Book of Science Days," the sale of which benefited EXPLORIT Science Center. 


Donations in Anne Hance’s memory can be made to the Explorit Science Center,

Nature Bowl is Back!

Explorit's Nature Bowl team will begin meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2019.  Please call Explorit at (530) 756-0191 to register, fee is $25.  Check out the Nature Bowl's page for more information here.
Thank you to all who donated to Explorit on Big Day of Giving 
Big Day of Giving is an annual day of giving to nonprofits in our region. Donors and members are our most important source of support. Remember you can donate or become a a member anytime directly to Explorit on this site. 

We thank you and our planet thanks you!

Programs for Schools 

We offer engaging, hands-on science programs, at Explorit or at your school, helping teachers meet state and national standards.  

For all details, click on the Programs tab. Download the brochures below.
2019-2020 Program Brochure (Beginning Sept 2019) download

Programs for the General Public

Earth Explorations Now Open in Our Gallery

Hands-on investigations and learning.

While you are here remember to visit the animal alcove and check to see if the Challenge Center is open.

Remember too that if you are a member or a donor you are supporting the programs that Explorit offers locally and throughout the region!

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1-5 pm

THANK YOU to our recent business donors

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