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Leaf it to Science at Explorit this Season


This article appeared in the November 17, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Leaf it to Science at Explorit this Season

Maple leaves. Photo by Rangakuvara.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Celebrate the fall and winter seasons with Explorit this year by joining us for Special Seasonal Activity Afternoons. When school’s out, think Explorit.


When autumn leaves are falling, it’s time to make some art and discover the amazing anatomy of plants on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21 and 22. Drop by our public hours from 1:00-5:00 p.m. to make a seasonal leaf craft, enjoy an up-close encounter with some of our resident animals and discover the wonders of leaves and plants through informative talks hosted by Explorit educators.


It’s all about leaves, seeds and plants in November. Create “animal leaf art”, leaf rubbings and more. Learn how trees change in fall and why.


On Wednesday, December 27 we turn our attention to snow. Make your own snow globe, analyze snowflakes and learn about the importance of Sierra snowmelt to plant, animals and people in our region.


And on Wednesday, January 3, start your new year off with a blast. Celebrate the new year with explosive activities. Enjoy exciting fun with rockets, chemistry and more.


Each of these special public hours days includes science-themed craft projects, a brief science talk and/or demonstration by an Explorit educator on the top of every hour and an up-close encounter with an Explorit animal at the bottom of every hour. The cost for each event is $10 per person, $5 for Explorit members. We hope to see you there!



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Visit our NEW Feathers exhibition! Explorit’sExploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.

●      Be an informal science educator for a day! Explorit is looking for volunteers to accompany our educators into classrooms during the day and assist with presenting hands-on science to school children. If this sounds like you, please fill out a volunteer application at

●      Explorit is entering into its annual fundraising drive. Now more than ever, we need science education. Your donations help Explorit serve our community with exhibits, activities and educational outreach programs in 15 surrounding counties. Sponsor a program by making a gift, or call us for more details.

●      Interested in membership? Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up.

●      Birthdays are fun with science at Explorit! Choose Super Birthday Party topics to make this a special event. 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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