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Spring into Science with Explorit

This article appeared in the February 15, 2019 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

 

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

As winter thaws into spring, Explorit Science Center has lots of hands-on science fun planned. From family events to nature competitions, there’s much to enjoy.

 

First, join us at Duck Days on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Headquarters. California Duck Days is Northern California’s wetlands and wildlife festival. Duck Days takes place in the heart of the Pacific Flyway and features a wide variety of field trips, workshops and activities for people of all ages.

 

The cost for Duck Days is $20 per vehicle. You can register for additional field trips and experiences at yolobasin.org.

 

Then, pop by Explorit that evening for a meeting of the Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit at 7:00 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Discover what amazing phenomena are taking place in the sky above us, and enjoy a telescope viewing, weather permitting.

 

Plus, be sure to stop by the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday, March 2 to learn all about local summer activities for kids at the Children’s Summer Activity Faire. Discover all the amazing summer options available to young Davisites, including Explorit’s Summer Science Camps. Registration opens March 12.

 

And Explorit’s Nature Bowl Team is seeking new recruits for the 2019 competition. Third through sixth graders are welcome to join us for meetings on Thursdays, at 4:00 p.m. at Explorit. To register, call 530-756-0191. The cost is $20 per year, and covers all supplies and a t-shirt.

 

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

●      Visit Explorit’s latest exhibition, Earth Explorations. 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.

●      Consider a donation to Explorit. 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 or summer camp scholarships by making a gift at explorit.org/support, 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 visit www.explorit.org/join/membership-levels or call Explorit at 530-756-0191. For a list of participating museums across the nation visit http://www.astc.org/passport/.

●      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 http://www.explorit.org/support/volunteer/volunteer-application.

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

 

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