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Elephants Inspire Explorit's Conservation Club

This article appeared in the January 6, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Elephants Inspire Explorit's Conservation Club

Asian Elephants. Photo by Think Elephants International.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Registration is open now for an exciting new opportunity for 5th-8th grade students -- Conservation Club, a partnership between Explorit Science Center and Think Elephants International (TEI). Think Elephants International is a nonprofit organization supporting animal behavior research and conservation education with Asian elephants.


TEI brings scientists and educators from around the world together to promote conservation of Asian elephants and inspire passion for all wildlife. A key element of sustaining long-term conservation efforts is instilling a love of wildlife and a commitment to conservation in the next generation. These children will then grow up to continue striving for conservation.


TEI fosters this love of conservation work in young people with an engaging, hands-on curriculum designed to expose students to the study of animal behavior, scientific research, and in-situ conservation, while focusing on the Asian elephant. And this exciting curriculum is coming to Explorit in a workshop series next month.


Through hands-on interactive activities, students learn how research in animal behavior can be applied to conservation issues, how knowledge of animal behavior can help mitigate conflicts between humans and animals, why conservation is essential and how they can get involved. Students will participate in a series of lessons aimed to develop critical thinking skills and stimulate and support an interest in careers related to conservation, animal behavior, or scientific research. Plus, skype with elephants and researchers in Thailand!


The workshops meet Saturday mornings February 4, 11 and 18, 9:00 a.m. to noon and Saturday evening February 25, 5:00-8:00 p.m. The evening meeting includes the Skype session and dinner for workshop participants. Participation in all four workshops is mandatory.


These workshops are open to 5th-8th grade students. The fee is $130 for the 4-workshop series; 25% of the proceeds go to Think Elephants International, Inc. For more information about TEI, please visit or their Facebook page at



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  • Explorit’s Exploration 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!

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