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Spring into Science!

This article appeared in the January 27, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Explorit Science Center has an exciting slate of upcoming Spring activities! From celebrations of events such as Pi Day and Earth Day to opportunities for charitable giving, there will be lots of ways to add science to your Spring.


International Darwin Day, the celebration of scientist Charles Darwin’s birthday on February 12, is fast approaching. This year marks the 218th anniversary of his birth, an event which will be celebrated around the world, including right here in Davis.


Pi Day, that annual celebration of the mathematical constant represented by 𝜋, is coming this March. Traditionally observed on March 14 (3/14), Pi Day raises awareness of the geometry affecting our daily lives, from the revolution of a bicycle wheel to the slicing of a pizza. Join Explorit for a day of special math activities and exhibits.


And don’t miss the conjunction of Earth Day and U.C. Davis’s Picnic Day all in one on Saturday, April 22! There will be lots of ways to celebrate and help protect our planet, while exploring its many wonders.


Plus, get ready for the return of the Big Day of Giving on Thursday, May 4. The Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online donation challenge to help raise money for local non-profits, encouraging donors to give locally, where their hearts are. You can help Explorit by contributing to a matching fun in advance of May 4, or participating in the challenge on the day to help us compete for additional financial gifts.


Information about all of these and other fun, science events will be coming to So mark your calendars now and stay tuned for all the details!



Explorit’s coming events:


  • 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

  • Summer Science Camp registration is coming soon! Details will be coming to soon.

  • 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!

  • Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.

  • 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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