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Explorit Science Center

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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



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.

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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."


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!


Rating: 5

Located in a park-like setting, its building surrounded by magnificent trees, Explorit is *the* place to take kids to expose them to science in the flesh. They get hands-on experience with exhibits that demonstrate scientific phenomena and principles of all sorts. There's plenty of room to run around outside, and the trees provide wonderful shade on those hot summer days. Don't miss it!


Rating: 5

I've been volunteering here for three and a half years, and I honestly love it. It's a wonderful experience for both employees and guests there, and is a great community asset.