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Generous Donors Make Science Experiences Possible

This article appeared in the December 10, 2010 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Liz Shenaut
Special to the Enterprise

The Explorit Science Center team delights people year-round with science experiences—like circuits you can build, reptiles you can touch, animated movies you can create, and rockets you can launch. Generous donors are vital to Explorit’s recipe for creating these meaningful science experiences in our community.

So far for the 2010-2011 school year, Explorit has 21 generous supporters so far—local organizations that made an investment in the variety of science programs Explorit offers. Development Associate, Lindsay Poss, explains the importance of donations as one of Explorit’s main streams of income each year:

“Explorit provided programs for over 75,000 people in 14 counties last year, and our donors’ contributions were a large part of what made that possible,” Poss said. “A big thank you goes out to the donors who have been so generous to Explorit.”

The following organizations have contributed to Explorit this year: AAA; Best Buy; Davis Waste Removal Co., Inc.; First 5 Yolo; Genentech; IKEA West Sacramento; Intel Corporation; Kaiser Permanente; Kinder Morgan Foundation; ScholarShare Investment Board; Soroptimist International of Davis; State Farm; The J.M. Long Foundation; The Kelly Foundation; The Monsanto Fund; The SureWest Foundation; The West Sacramento Foundation; U.S. Bank; Union Pacific Foundation; Venture Club of Davis; Woodland Healthcare.

At the moment there are 18 schools on the waitlist for Explorit’s scholarship program. 

“In these hard economic times, many schools are unable to afford programs unless donors help us provide fee assistance,” Poss said. 

Explorit is still in need of support to make this a year of successful science programs, especially for public school groups.

Sponsoring a school program can range from traveling events such as Family Science Nights and Classroom Adventures to on-site field trips at Explorit like Nature Safaris and Inquiry Labs.

School programs are just one of the many opportunities for potential supporters to spread science cheer in this season of giving.

Many of the supporters mentioned above have contributed to public visitor spaces, such as Changing Exhibitions, the Animal Alcove, and the new Young Scientists Zone. Additionally, summertime at Explorit features 10 weeks of Summer Science Camps for which funds can help with purchasing materials, developing activities, or providing fee assistance to children attending camp.

Explorit encourages those who are passionate about science education to contribute financially to Explorit. Individuals who give a gift to Explorit of $50 or more by Dec. 31 will get a gift to share with another family— the gift of a year-long family membership with Explorit.

Family memberships are a $50 value, and include free admission to Explorit and free or reduced admission to over 300 other science and technology museums around the world.

Another great way to support Explorit is to give the gift of your time by volunteering or contributing an in-kind donation from Explorit’s Wish List. Learn about both opportunities at http://www.explorit.org.

Explorit’s coming events:

  • Dec. 18 – Jan. 2: Both floors of the museum will be open for special hours during winter break (except for the holidays on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1).  Click here for holiday hours.
  • Through Dec. 31: Explorit has some new, interesting items for shoppers this holiday season.  Exquisite, silver jewelry made locally by Jeeba designer Jason Dayne includes rings, earrings, brooches, and necklaces that will make lovely gifts for your favorite family members and friends. For the person with an office desk, the cut and polished Coprolite will make a perfect (and unique) paperweight. You do not need to be a member to shop at The Store, and if you only need to do some shopping, you need not pay admission. Store hours are the same as museum hours (below).  Click here to see the new items.


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Explorit Science Center, at 2801 Second St., has two exhibitions on display: “Move It! Science in Action” and “Wheels to Wings.”  Admission is $4 general, free for teachers, and ages 3 and under.  The museum is open to school groups by reservation and to the general public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org.

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