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Spring has Sprung at Explorit

This article appeared in the 4/26/19 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Spring has Sprung at Explorit

California Poppies. Photo by Sara Thompson

Spring has Sprung at Explorit


By Sara Thompson

Special to the Enterprise


Spring has sprung at Explorit!  Our native plant garden is beginning to wake up and bloom, and our local pollinators are taking notice.


Out in our backyard we have several California native plants, such as Elderberry and California poppies that are blooming and attracting local bees and other pollinators.  We also have some native milkweed starting to shoot up out of the ground, and we hope it will attract migratory butterflies in coming years.


With several of our plants in bloom we are starting to notice our local pollinators more as well.  We have a variety of native insects, but the ones we see most often are the Mason bee or the Yellow-faced bumble bee.  We have set up a few Mason bee boxes in our backyard to house the Mason bees, as well as a watering station for our pollinator friends and area birds.


We continue to have our birdfeeders up in the backyard.  They attract several species of birds such as Anna’s Hummingbirds, House Finches, California Scrub-Jay, and more!


Come on by during our public hours and view birds and pollinators from inside, or take a stroll outside to check out of garden and get a closer look at the plants we have growing.  We hope to add more plants as time goes on and keep our local pollinators happy.


Explorit's coming events:

·      NEW THIS SUMMER-Check out the new evening teen camp July 8 – 12 "The Stars and Our Night Sky" for ages 12-16 yrs. Learn about the stars, planets, moons, black holes and other phenomenon in the sky. Explore the use of various telescopes and learn to identify stars and planets.

  • Explorit'sNature Bowl Teamis seeking new recruits for the 2019 competition. Third through sixth graders are welcome to join us for the first meeting on Thursday, October 4 at 3:45 p.m. at Explorit. To register, call 530-756-0191.




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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