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Explorit Science Center needs your help

This article first appeared in the 5/1/20 edition of the Davis Enterprise

Explorit Science Center needs your help

Please support us on Big Day of Giving, May 7.

Explorit Science Center Needs Your Help

 

 By Sara Thompson

Special to the Enterprise

 

Since its founding in 1982, Explorit has specialized in teaching science with hand-on experiments and activities.  We provide a variety of topics for elementary students both at our  5th Street site in Davis and also others that travel to area schools.  Because our programs are fun and engaging, we travel to a whopping 18 counties in Northern California and the Bay Area, including many of the schools here in Yolo County.

 

Because of COVID-19, we needed to cancel our spring programs and close our doors to the public for the health and safety of our visitors and staff.  Unfortunately, this left us with an uncertain future.  Like all non-profits and small businesses, we are dependent upon our local communities to keep our doors open.  Our primary funding comes from school program fees that we are unable to currently perform now.  Funding not only comes from performing school programs, but generous donations and memberships.  Grants may help us develop new programs or improve others, but they are not used to pay our bills or staff time.

 

We are looking into ways to continue teaching science to the elementary schools in our community, while still keeping it fun and hands-on including digital learning and when allowed, outdoor teaching and activities.  But until that time, we are sitting without income.  In the meantime, we have significantly reduced staff time, while continuing to pay our bills and care for our live animals.

 

We are deeply committed to continuing hands-on STEM learning for the scientists of tomorrow.  You can help us continue our mission by supporting us through memberships, direct donations, and sponsorships at http://www.explorit.org/support.   Explorit is also participating in Big Day of Giving on Thursday, May 7 and we humbly ask for your support during this uncertain time.  Donations will go towards food and upkeep for our live animals, helping to pay our utilities, and keep us afloat long enough to open our doors again and continue to Think It! Try It! Explorit!, or provide virtual learning tools.  

 

Donations can be made at the Big Day of Giving site: https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/Explorit

or at our own donation page: http://www.explorit.org/support/make-a-donation 

 

Explorit's coming events:

 

  • Continue to support Explorit during this uncertain time by becoming a member.  Membership grants you free visits to Explorit’s regular public hours, discounts on events, camps, and workshops, and gives you ASTC benefits.  For more information or to purchase or renew your membership visit www.explorit.org/join/membership-levels or call Explorit at 530-756-0191.

 

  • We are monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 and recommendations for health and safety.  We are still taking Summer Science Camp registrations, and have several spaces still available.  Modifications to space and class size may occur to ensure the health and safety of campers.  Any changes to camp information will be sent out to current registrants and posted on our website before the end of May.  Registration available online at http://www.explorit.org/programs/summer-camp/summer-and-vacation-classes.

 

 

  • To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Explorit will be closed until public health restrictions have been lifted or eased.  Our staff is working remotely and will be answering emails, please contact us at explorit@explorit.org with any questions.  We are not currently accepting recycled material donations.

 

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