• Sara Thompson

New Exhibit Opening this Weekend


By Sara Thompson

Special to the Enterprise


Explorit was thrilled to reopen to the public last fall with our exhibit Healthy Planet, Healthy You. We appreciate all the support from our members and community visiting and keeping our doors open. Our staff has been working hard during our temporary closure to redo our exhibit space. Explorit is excited to announce our next exhibit: Explorit Rocks! An exhibit about rocks, fossils, and crystals.


Rocks, fossils, and crystals fascinate many, and none more than our elementary aged explorers. The exhibit will awaken your future geologist or paleontologist with examples of all three types of rocks and fossils to study. For those with an eye for the fancy, there will be a section of different minerals and their beautiful crystal shapes and colors. Young explorers can participate in a dress up corner and investigate a dig pit with hidden items to find.


Visitors to our permanent attractions will see a geologic twist has been added. Our Discovery Den will continue to be for our smallest explorers and include age-appropriate books and tactile toys featuring dinosaurs and rocks. The animal alcove will feature new information drawing connections from animals on display to their ancestors of long ago. Sharp eyed visitors can search for examples of plants that have a history going back to the age of the dinosaurs in our pollinator garden. Our backyard also includes picnic tables for families to take a small break from exploration and enjoy the outdoors. And greeting all our visitors is our Titan II rocket engine positioned in the front by our entry walkway.


The opening of Explorit Rocks! is this weekend! We will be open from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 3-5. Admission is $5 per person. Explorit Members, ASTC, and those age 2 and under free. Masks strongly encouraged while indoors. Please join us on our opening weekend as we explore rocks, fossils, and crystals!


 

Exploit's coming events:

• Explorit will be closed from Saturday, August 20-Friday September 2 for installation of our next exhibit.

• We are honored and excited that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us! Now through September 30th, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle

• A Membership to Explorit grants the recipient free visits to Explorit’s regular public hours, discounts on events, summer camps and workshops, and gives you ASTC benefits to visit other museums throughout the world. To purchase or for more information visit https://www.explorit.org/membership or call Explorit at 530-756-0191.

• Now is a great time to donate and help Explorit continue to educate and inspire the scientists of tomorrow: https://www.explorit.org/donate.