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Soar into Explorit for Feather Explorations

This article appeared in the January 12, 2018 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Soar into Explorit for Feather Explorations

Explorit visitors enjoying the Anne Hance Exhibition Gallery.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Feathers are amazing items. They can protect a bird from the cold or from getting wet. They can sustain a bird’s flight, and they can even be useful to people.


Visit Explorit Science Center’s latest exhibition Feathers in Your World to learn more about these natural wonders and their many functions. From their evolution to their roles in the lives of birds and humans, there’s much to explore.


How did feathers come to be? Explore the feathery connection between modern birds and their dinosaur ancestors. Participate in a paleontological dig to reveal fossil evidence of prehistoric feathers.


Dive into the journey of a migratory bird with the migration game. A role of the dice could take you safely home, or towards one of the many hazards migratory birds face. Will you survive migration?


And try your hand at a quill pen, just one of many ways we humans have made use of feathers. Use our home-made oak gall ink to write a special message.


These are just a few of the many fun hands-on science activities that await you at Explorit. So make a visit to your neighborhood science center one of your 2018 resolutions.



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Explorit is wrapping up 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 before the end of the year, or call us for more details.

●      Looking for that perfect gift?  Give the gift of science with a membership to Explorit and also gain free access to hundreds of science museums across the nation. For more information or to purchase or renew your membership online or call Explorit at 530-756-0191.

●      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

●      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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