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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Science & Technology Museums

Mission: To ignite and foster curiosity about science and nature through inquiry and discovery.

Target demographics: Our programs align with standards for preschool - 6th grade.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12,486

Geographic areas served: Yolo County, Sacramento County, Solono County, San Joaquin County, Contra Costa County, El Dorado County, Sutter County, Yuba County, Alameda County, Napa County, Colusa County, Placer County, Amador County and beyond.

Programs: We take programs out to schools such as our Classroom Adventures and Family Science nights and we have programs at our location including Exhibition Public Hours and Summer Science Camp.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Explorit Science Center is an amazing resource for families, schools, community groups and science lovers of all ages! From field trip programs for schools, to Girl Scout badge days and Family Science Nights, they've got a program for every group. Plus, their interactive museum exhibits showcased in a historic home encourage free thinking, problem solving, and multigenerational interaction. This place is wonderful!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Explorit Science Center - where your children (and you) can discover that science is fun
Explorit Science Center - where your children (and you) can discover that science is play, intelligent, inquiring, inspiring play.
Explorit Science Center - where your children can experience discovery, and maybe most importantly in a democracy, learn to question the world.
I have been visiting Explorit for two decades, and still I find new exhibits, new discoveries, new ways to explore the world of science.

Anne55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This small science center in Davis has been providing "hands on science" public and school programs and events for 33 years. The center has a facility in Davis, California that is very worthwhile and fun to visit but don't expect the same cutting-edge, technological entertainment that you typically find in large science centers.

Explorit is friendly and low key. At Explorit you can really "do science" because Explorit's basic principles regarding observation, inquiry (asking of questions) and discovery is through hands on science investigations and experiments using familiar home or science lab utensils and materials.

The activities are open-ended investigations, and trial and error experiments that can lead to immediate excitement and continuing interest and participation in science. This is the place to nurture an interest and understanding of the real work of science and of scientists.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this wonderful science center for 30 years. It is a small center with a wide reach because of its very popular traveling programs - "Have Vans Will Travel"! It is all hands-on in a very personal, low tech way and calls its hands-on activities "explor-its."

Board Member

Rating: 5

Real hands on discovery & a new Nano SCIENCE Exhibit! Explorit is a rich and engaging experience for all ages and interests. Visit Wed, Friday, Sat. Sunday afternoons or log on to the website (ExpLorit.org) to reserve a program for you school (We serve 17 N.CALIF. counties!).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Explorit's mission is "To ignite and foster curiosity about science and nature through inquiry and discovery." This small center does a wonderful job of providing real hands-on science for all ages (with a special focus on ages up to 12.) Because the hands-on activities use familiar objects and materials Explorit's science learning can continue with similar stuff at home. I think this is a really smart approach and as an adult I enjoy the activities too!

Donor

Rating: 5

Explorit is an innovator and leader in providing open-ended, discovery and hand-on programs for kids and families in Northern California. For nearly 30 year I've been contributing to this tremendous non-profit and have served as a volunteer, Board member and always as a dedicated donor! Explorit's programs reach as many as 18 counties each year through traveling programs such as evening family events called "Science in Your World", "Health in Your World"and during daytime hours through its "Classroom Adventures" programs. Check out Explorit's website for all these (and more!) programs and especially click on dive into a newly launched "Community Science Project"- "Spiders in Your World"! You can take a brief "Spider Attitude" survey and find out really interesting things about these often maligned- but alway intriguing- creatures! If you live in the Northern California area or are just visiting, take time to bring your children, yourself- the whole family and friends to one of the several inspiring events coming up in 2013, or just drop in during public hours...and become a member!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Explorit in 2001. I was a pediatrician in the local area at the time and was asked by Explorit to participate in a community group working closely with the Explorit staff to develop a new program called Health in Your World. The program aimed to provide science-based health education for children. I was new to Explorit but quickly became tremendously impressed with Explorit's mission and commitment to science education, it's unique "hands on" approach, it's attraction to families and children, and particularly to the creativity, enthusiasm and dedication of its staff. I have joyfully become more involved with Explorit and am still thrilled to see children exposed to the wonders of science and nature and developing critical-thinking skills in our hands on and play-based programs. By the way, Health in Your World has become a truly amazing program that allows children to work out science-based preventive health messages that lead them to adopt healthier, long lasting lifestyles.

Helene A.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Explorit is a great place for children to discover science and nature. We brought our son for the first time when he was just about 3. Seeing him learn while playing was amazing. He also got to touch a large boa constrictor for the first time and to our surprise, he loved it. Now that he's 5 and more curious than ever, we're very pleased to see him interact with the staff, who's very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Explorit is such a great organization that's dedicated to enrich children's lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Explorit was my first job in the museum/science center field and I couldn't have asked for a better start. The people I worked with were simply fantastic and it gave me exposure to all the different aspects of running a non-profit from marketing to managers. Explorit is small in size, but large in impact and the level of professionalism and passion is unsurpassed. They really serve the greater Sacramento area, not just Davis where they happen to be based. They are a creative, hands-on science center much like the Exploratorium, but locally grown. It is amazing that they accomplish so much on such a small, efficient budget.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Explorit Science Center is a one-of-a-kind organization that continues, through good times and bad, to successful fulfill their mission to bring science (STEM based activities) based hands-on programs to their local community and to 17 surrounding counties! Explorit's Summer Science Camp is just one of the amazing programs that is sure to keep your children wanting more science! This summer was the first summer my son attended summer camp and I have never seen him more excited and interested in learning. He would talk to me the rest of the day about what he learned and why things happen. During the school year I would ask him, "How was your day at school?" "What did you learn?" A typical response would be, "oh, it was ok. We did some math...." After his days at Explorit I didn't even have to ask, he volunteered all the information he had soaked up with enthusiasm and a need for more! My many thanks to Explorit and their staff for engaging our children in learning, questioning, discovery and building a sense of self confidence in our future leaders.