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Looking Back at a Year of Science

This article appeared in the December 30, 2016 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Looking Back at a Year of Science

An Explorit visitor measures the diameter of a hula hoop on Pi Day. Photo by Kirby Araullo.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


2016 has been a wonderful year of science at Explorit Science Center. We kicked off the year with the return of our free public lecture series in early January with “The Green Rush: Marijuana Cultivation on California Public Lands and its Ecological Impacts,” a presentation by Dr. Mourad Gabriel, Executive Director of the Integral Ecology Research Center in Blue Lake, California.


The series continued through the year examining such pressing science issues as algal blooms, wild fires and climate change from a paleo perspective. The series will return in 2017, continuing to connect the general public with cutting edge science research that impacts our lives.


We’ve also celebrated Pi Day, Earth Day and Tour de Cluck with special events, explored the wonders of our galaxy with the Davis Astronomy Club and continued our tradition of stellar science experiences in Summer Science Camp and Winter Workshops. We explored the mystery of the missing creature at Spooky Science Nights and took wing with our Community Science Project “Feathers in Your World”.


Our “Feathers” hands on activities also complemented the Pence Gallery’s “Art After Dark” events as well as their Davis Art About exhibits. Explorit was pleased to participated again in Yolo Basin’s Duck Days with fun activities on feather structure and flight.


And 2017 promises to be just as exciting. With new camps, workshops and school programs in development as well as more free public lectures, club meetings and family events on the horizon, 2017 is sure to be a blast. We’re planning on more science and art collaborations with The Pence and The Davis Art Center in 2017. We are very happy to be a part of Duck Days again 2017 as well.


And you can be a part of making it happen! Become a sustaining member of Explorit now for benefits that will last all year, including free admission to our regular public hours. Consider a donation to help support the science experiences you love. Or contact for information on volunteer opportunities. Make 2017 your year of science!



Explorit’s coming events:


  • Better than Happy New Year, it’s Happy Noon Year! Celebrate the New Year at Explorit on Saturday, December 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we explore the science of dry ice and bubbles, make festive crafts and count down to the stroke of noon. The cost is $10/child, adults free with child admission.

  • Calling all 5th-8th graders--join our new Conservation Club, in partnership with Think Elephants International! Explorit is collaborating on a 4-workshop series with Think Elephants International, Inc. to expose students to the study of animal behavior, scientific research, and in-situ conservation, while focusing on the Asian elephant. The series of four workshops is scheduled for early 2017 and includes four weekend workshops culminating in a live Skype event with elephant handlers and researchers in Thailand. The registration fee for the workshop series is $130, with 25% of the proceeds going to Think Elephants International. Call Explorit for more information and to register now at 530-756-0191 or email Alfreda at

  • 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!



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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