Explorit: Donors, volunteers make for a great 2013

By From page A5 | December 27, 2013

As the year draws to a close, Explorit Science Center would like to thank all the donors and volunteers who helped bring hands-on science fun to our community in 2013.

The generosity of the Health Plan of San Joaquin has allowed us to prepare to offer some health education Family Science Nights in San Joaquin County this school year. These programs educate students and their entire families about the dangers of smoking, proper nutrition choices and how our bodies’ major organ systems work.

Monsanto once again made our popular Summer Science Camps possible with a grant to support the development of our original camp curriculum and help inspire a new generation of scientists.

T.J. Maxx has lent its support this year to our Family Science Night programs and our current exhibition, “Beautiful World: Science and Art,” which is the foundation for our Discovery Lesson field trip program for schools. This grant has made possible the purchase of new supplies for our traveling programs and maintenance and upkeep on our exhibition.

The Teichert Foundation’s giving has created the opportunity for Explorit to work with local scientists and engineers to design new content for our traveling science programs for families and schools.

The Twin Pines Co-op Foundation’s gift provided for the purchase of new supplies for our Health in Your World Family Science Night program and the development of new activities. And the support of the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District will aid in the purchase of a new vehicle that will help Explorit continue to provide traveling programs to schools all over Northern and Central California while reducing the environmental impact of that travel.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Community Fund has sponsored a variety of nature-based explorations from Nature Safaris and Discovery Lessons at Explorit to Spider Safaris and Family Science Nights throughout Yolo County. Their investment in Explorit has broadened the horizons of many.

And numerous private donors have given monetary and in-kind gifts supporting the vast array of Explorit’s programs and activities. From decorations for seasonal activities like Spooky Science Nights to food for our resident animals and supplies for our summer campers, these in-kind donations are an invaluable asset to Explorit.

And of course, a big thank you to all our volunteers this year who helped make it all happen. From vacuuming the floors to tending our garden and preparing snacks for our campers, the Explorit experience would be less wonderful without you!

So from your friendly neighborhood science center, a heartfelt thank you for all your support in 2013. We look forward to an exciting and science-filled 2014!

Explorit’s coming events:

* Visit Explorit’s “Beautiful World: Science and Art” exhibition from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday. Plus, extra holiday hours are offered from 1 to 5 p.m. next Monday and Thursday. Admission is $5 per person; members and children 2 and under are free.
* Explorit will be closed on Wednesday. Happy New Year!
* Winter Science Explorations for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will run Monday, Thursday and Friday next week. Call 530-756-0191 to register.

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191 or visit www.explorit.org, or “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

Lisa Justice

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