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Tour de Cluck Highlights Backyard Barnyards

This article appeared in the April 21, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Tour de Cluck Highlights Backyard Barnyards

A chicken coop in Mozambique. Photo by Steve Walling.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Two of Davis’s favorite things, bikes and backyard agriculture, meld once again in the 8th annual Tour de Cluck, an educational bike tour of Davis’s backyard chicken coops benefiting the Davis Farm to School Programs. The Davis Farm to School Programs support agricultural education  through farm field trips for second-graders, school gardens, fresh local produce in school lunches and recycling and composting programs.


This year, the Tour de Cluck is expanding its self-guided tour of neighborhood chicken coops to include backyard beekeeping, rain collection systems and much more! The Tour will begin at Central Park, wend its way through many of the creative homesteading projects to be found around Davis and end at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in time to attend their Fiesta in celebration of the history and diversity of Latin cultures.


Plus, to help celebrate Tour de Cluck’s spirit of sustainability, Explorit Science Center will participate as a Crower on the Green! Crowers on the Green are businesses and organizations that partner with Tour de Cluck to provide participants with education, entertainment and free samples at the morning kickoff in Central Park. Drop by to check out all the hands-on science fun with Explorit!


This year’s Tour de Cluck begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 in Central Park where ticket-holders can check in, get their route maps and armbands, participate in a silent auction and visit the Crowers on the Green. The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. Participants can visit all the stops along the route between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. by bike or car.


Then the route ends at Cesar Chavez Elementary at 3:00 p.m. in time for their Fiesta. Tickets to Tour de Cluck are $15/person, children 10 and under are free. Get your tickets online at



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Summer Science Camp registration is open now! Find all the details at

●      Big Day of Giving is coming on Thursday, May 4! Save the date and plan to give to Explorit on that day to contribute to matching funds and help Explorit invest in new vehicles to keep our traveling programs going.

●      Explorit returns to The Pence Gallery’s Art After Dark on Friday, May 5. Visit for all the details.

●      Save the date of Sunday, August 27 for Explorit’s annual end of summer Final Blast celebration, a full day of fun for the whole community!

●      Save your clean tin cans and toilet paper tubes for Explorit! We are almost out of one of our most popular Challenge Center building materials. You can help stock us up by saving your clean household items and bringing them to Explorit’s office at 3141 5th St. during our regular business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

●      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!

●      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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