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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer and then a science educator at Explorit for about a year and half. The staff is great and so dedicated to what they do. I can personally speak for the amazing effect that hands-on science education has on kids--and their parents too! I wish that every kid (and parent) could spend some time at Explorit or in one of our outreach classrooms around northern CA each week. Explorit never had much money, but it never seemed to be a problem. We did great things with what we had.