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Big Day and Event on May 3

This article appeared in the April 29, 2016 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Big Day and Event on May 3

Valley Fire evacuation route 9/21/15. Photo by CALTRANS.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Tuesday is an eventful day for Explorit Science Center! Starting at midnight on May 3rd, our community will come together once again for the BIG Day of Giving - a 24 hour giving challenge for local nonprofits.  Support Explorit Science Center and its 34 years of creating hands-on science experiences.   Explorit has $5,000 in matching funds so your donation can go twice as far!  Visit for details and to donate. 


That evening, wildfires heat up Explorit’s lecture series. Wildfires are the topic of discussion at the Explorit science talk on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 7 PM at the Davis Senior Center (646 A St., Davis, CA). The lecture is free, and young people interested in fire science, watershed management, and public safety are encouraged to attend.


Fire is an essential feature of California's wild landscape. But wildfire poses risks to people and property in its potential path. It is an increasingly important issue in our State.   Last year’s 76,000 acre Valley Fire in Lake County killed four people and destroyed 1280 home, dramatically highlighting the dangers of wildfire in our communities. How do we reduce the risk to homes and human life in fire-adapted environments?


Division Chief Geoff Belyea of CALFIRE's Napa/Sonoma Unit (which also covers portions of Yolo County) will speak on how to get prepared for wildfire, fire behavior, and wildfire fighting strategies.


Watershed hydrologist Clay Brandow will briefly explain how to read a burned landscape to learn about the fire that just passed through an area.


Pete Cafferata, CALFIRE's Watershed Protection Program Manager, will talk about evaluating and mitigating post-fire, burned-area hazards, such as debris flows and mudslides. In Southern California, more people die in post-wildfire flooding and debris flows, than in the wildfires themselves.


These hot topics, along with your burning questions about fire, will make for a lively and instructive evening.

Each year, Explorit invites some of the region's top scientists to make presentations about their work. The talks provide information about new discoveries, topical subjects, and emerging trends in research. There is no charge to attend the lectures and donations will help cover Explorit's costs.


Explorit’s coming events:


  • Explorit’s Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers, and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!
  • Join us May 3 for another free, family-friendly talk at the Davis Senior Center “Wildfire: the Good, the Bad, and the Misunderstood,” at 7:00 p.m.
  • Summer Science Camp registration is open now! Visit for all the details.  Interested in volunteering at our Summer Science Camps?  Call Explorit now!
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at

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