Western Science Center

Western Science Center Riverside County's premiere Natural History museum, Western Science Center, is home to both permanent and special exhibits along with educational programming promoting scientific knowledge.
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With an extensive collection of Ice Age fossils, as well as archaeological artifacts, the Western Science Center is the perfect place to discover the past and explore the future! Follow us on Twitter at:
https://twitter.com/WesternCenter

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SciSat@Home: The Science of Candy is now LIVE on our museum website! What makes candy so delicious? A whole lot of chemi...
05/01/2021
[email protected]: Science of Marshmallows

[email protected]: The Science of Candy is now LIVE on our museum website!

What makes candy so delicious? A whole lot of chemistry!
Download free activities all about how science and your favorite treats intersect, and watch a video by our educator Margaret Ozolins all about the science of marshmallows!

[email protected] is brought to you by a grant from Southern California Edison (SCE).

https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/scisathome-the-science-of-candy

Windows Into the Past: An Outdoor Event is underway! We’ve made exhibits out of our windows and alcoves so our guests ca...
04/25/2021

Windows Into the Past: An Outdoor Event is underway! We’ve made exhibits out of our windows and alcoves so our guests can see dinosaurs, artifacts and more in a safe and fun environment.

Max's Mobile Museum will be open during tomorrow's Windows Into the Past: An Outdoor Event - explore fossil discoveries ...
04/23/2021

Max's Mobile Museum will be open during tomorrow's Windows Into the Past: An Outdoor Event - explore fossil discoveries from across the Inland Empire and see Max the Pacific Mastodon again, all outdoors!

Get your tickets here, only $5 per person: https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/windowsintothepast

Happy #EarthDay2021 from the Western Science Center. We have free nature-themed activities for you to download on our we...
04/22/2021
Earth Day — Western Science Center

Happy #EarthDay2021 from the Western Science Center. We have free nature-themed activities for you to download on our website - including a scavenger hunt, coloring pages, and more!

Download the following activities - from a scavenger hunt to new coloring pages - and enjoy this year’s Earth Day from home with your local natural history museum. Share your results with #WSCFromHome!

Congrats to The University of Arizona undergraduate Benjamin Mohler and coauthors (including WSC Curator Dr. Andrew McDo...
04/21/2021

Congrats to The University of Arizona undergraduate Benjamin Mohler and coauthors (including WSC Curator Dr. Andrew McDonald) on the publication of the first record of Deinosuchus from the Menefee Formation, part of our ongoing research project with Zuni Dinosaur Institute for the Geosciences!

Read the paper for FREE here: peerj.com/articles/11302/

Art (of Deinosuchus chomping down on our dear Dynamoterror dynastes) by Brian Engh.

Congrats to The University of Arizona undergraduate Benjamin Mohler and coauthors (including WSC Curator Dr. Andrew McDonald) on the publication of the first record of Deinosuchus from the Menefee Formation, part of our ongoing research project with Zuni Dinosaur Institute for the Geosciences!

Read the paper for FREE here: peerj.com/articles/11302/

Art (of Deinosuchus chomping down on our dear Dynamoterror dynastes) by Brian Engh.

Join us this Saturday at Windows Into the Past: An Outdoor Event!  Explore our museum collections safely as we display e...
04/20/2021

Join us this Saturday at Windows Into the Past: An Outdoor Event!

Explore our museum collections safely as we display everything from dinosaur fossils to local archaeological artifacts from our windows - you’ll even get a chance to meet Ornatops, our new dinosaur from the Menefee Formation. You can also shop for WSC merchandise, watch our scientists clean prehistoric bones, and enjoy the Western Science Center in a safe and inviting space!

$5 Per Person | Members & Children 4 & Under

Time slots are LIMITED, so reserve yours today: https://bit.ly/2RTYEM5

We asked you to submit your suggestions to #NametheWSCSloth - and we got dozens of them! After asking our staff to pick ...
04/05/2021

We asked you to submit your suggestions to #NametheWSCSloth - and we got dozens of them! After asking our staff to pick their favorites, a clear winner emerged: say hello to Mylo the giant ground sloth!

Mylo is short for Paramylodon, the genus name for the Harlan's Ground Sloth. These amazing prehistoric giants were found during the construction of Diamond Valley Lake, and lived here in the Inland Empire thousands of years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch (sometimes called the "Ice Age").

We can't wait for everyone to meet Mylo in person again when we reopen to the public later this year!

We asked you to submit your suggestions to #NametheWSCSloth - and we got dozens of them! After asking our staff to pick their favorites, a clear winner emerged: say hello to Mylo the giant ground sloth!

Mylo is short for Paramylodon, the genus name for the Harlan's Ground Sloth. These amazing prehistoric giants were found during the construction of Diamond Valley Lake, and lived here in the Inland Empire thousands of years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch (sometimes called the "Ice Age").

We can't wait for everyone to meet Mylo in person again when we reopen to the public later this year!

Happy #FossilFriday!The Western Science Center is proud to announce the discovery of a new dinosaur: Ornatops incantatus...
04/02/2021

Happy #FossilFriday!

The Western Science Center is proud to announce the discovery of a new dinosaur: Ornatops incantatus, a Cretaceous hadrosaur from the Menefee Formation in northwestern New Mexico.

Fossils were first collected during the 2018 field season by staff and volunteers from Western Science Center, Zuni Dinosaur Institute for Geosciences, and Southwest Paleontological Society. Ornatops, whose name means "enchanted ornate face", is a particular type of hadrosaur called a brachylophosaur and lived approximately 79 million years ago.

And stay tuned: Ornatops will be part of an upcoming permanent exhibition at the Western Science Center about the Menefee Formation, opening later this year!

You can read the paper for FREE in the open access journal PeerJ: https://peerj.com/articles/11084/

Art by Brian Engh.

Happy #FossilFriday!

The Western Science Center is proud to announce the discovery of a new dinosaur: Ornatops incantatus, a Cretaceous hadrosaur from the Menefee Formation in northwestern New Mexico.

Fossils were first collected during the 2018 field season by staff and volunteers from Western Science Center, Zuni Dinosaur Institute for Geosciences, and Southwest Paleontological Society. Ornatops, whose name means "enchanted ornate face", is a particular type of hadrosaur called a brachylophosaur and lived approximately 79 million years ago.

And stay tuned: Ornatops will be part of an upcoming permanent exhibition at the Western Science Center about the Menefee Formation, opening later this year!

You can read the paper for FREE in the open access journal PeerJ: https://peerj.com/articles/11084/

Art by Brian Engh.

Keep your eye(s) peeled, we have a special #FossilFriday announcement coming tomorrow! 👀
04/01/2021

Keep your eye(s) peeled, we have a special #FossilFriday announcement coming tomorrow! 👀

Keep your eye(s) peeled, we have a special #FossilFriday announcement coming tomorrow! 👀

04/01/2021
[email protected]: Fire Ecology

Join us as we chat with UC Berkeley PhD candidate Clarke Knight about her research in the field of fire ecology!

Our Giant Ground Sloth (Paramylodon harlani) has been with us since we opened in 2006, and we think it's finally time fo...
03/23/2021

Our Giant Ground Sloth (Paramylodon harlani) has been with us since we opened in 2006, and we think it's finally time for a name!

Help us name the sloth by submitting your family-friendly suggestion below by March 30th. WSC staff members will announce their favorite on April 5th! #NameTheWSCSloth

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRjFxLzUkdDDkHWqpTzhFAa5BjY8yTytJJm085HvEnJtOmJw/viewform

Our Giant Ground Sloth (Paramylodon harlani) has been with us since we opened in 2006, and we think it's finally time for a name!

Help us name the sloth by submitting your family-friendly suggestion below by March 30th. WSC staff members will announce their favorite on April 5th! #NameTheWSCSloth

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRjFxLzUkdDDkHWqpTzhFAa5BjY8yTytJJm085HvEnJtOmJw/viewform

Happy #FossilFriday! Director Dr. Alton Dooley took this photo of a woodrat (Neotoma lepida) left lower jaw fragment wit...
03/19/2021

Happy #FossilFriday! Director Dr. Alton Dooley took this photo of a woodrat (Neotoma lepida) left lower jaw fragment with 1st and 2nd molars, from the Pleistocene of Diamond Valley Lake. Scale = 5mm.

This tiny tooth is currently housed in the WSC collections, and was taken under the museum's new microscope!

Happy #FossilFriday! Director Dr. Alton Dooley took this photo of a woodrat (Neotoma lepida) left lower jaw fragment with 1st and 2nd molars, from the Pleistocene of Diamond Valley Lake. Scale = 5mm.

This tiny tooth is currently housed in the WSC collections, and was taken under the museum's new microscope!

Happy #MastodonMonday! Educator Brett Dooley is currently cleaning this Pacific mastodon (Mammut pacificus) tusk from th...
03/15/2021

Happy #MastodonMonday! Educator Brett Dooley is currently cleaning this Pacific mastodon (Mammut pacificus) tusk from the Diamond Valley Lake collections.

Happy #MastodonMonday! Educator Brett Dooley is currently cleaning this Pacific mastodon (Mammut pacificus) tusk from the Diamond Valley Lake collections.

SciSat@Home: The Science of Innovation is now available on our website! In celebration of woman's history month, we will...
03/06/2021

[email protected]: The Science of Innovation is now available on our website! In celebration of woman's history month, we will be exploring the women who have helped innovate and advance science and technology throughout history.

Click here to download free activities and worksheets: https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/scisathome-the-science-of-innovation

[email protected] is brought to you by a grant from Southern California Edison (SCE).

#SciSatAtHome

[email protected]: The Science of Innovation is now available on our website! In celebration of woman's history month, we will be exploring the women who have helped innovate and advance science and technology throughout history.

Click here to download free activities and worksheets: https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/scisathome-the-science-of-innovation

[email protected] is brought to you by a grant from Southern California Edison (SCE).

#SciSatAtHome

Happy #FossilFriday! Last week we had new research on Miocene horses published in UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology's j...
03/05/2021
Fossil Friday: The Doll Ponies of Southern California — Western Science Center

Happy #FossilFriday! Last week we had new research on Miocene horses published in UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology's journal PaleoBios - today on our museum blog lead author and WSC Outreach & Communications Brittney Stoneburg will take you through what these new discoveries mean for our understanding both of prehistoric California AND tiny horses! 🐎

by Outreach & Communications Coordinator Brittney Elizabeth Stoneburg Last week the Western Science Center released a new paper about Micoene horses from Southern California in UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology’s open access journal PaleoBios. This research has given us a clearer pictur

Today's episode of Fossil Friday Chats was a very special one because it was our 50th episode! From the Alf Museum, West...
03/05/2021

Today's episode of Fossil Friday Chats was a very special one because it was our 50th episode! From the Alf Museum, Western Science Center, Gabe, and Brittney, thanks so much to all of our amazing guests and fantastic supporters! There have been some wonderful stories shared and great questions asked through these first 50 episodes. We can't wait to share more stories from the world of paleontology.

Watch all of episodes, past and future, on our YouTube channel. Subscribe today! www.youtube.com/alfmuseumpaleo

If you would like to support Fossil Friday Chats and other educational programs at the Alf Museum and the Western Science Center, please consider giving a gift online.

Alf Museum: https://www.webb.org/giving (designate the Alf Museum)

Western Science Center: https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/donate

Fossil Friday Chats is a collaborative project brought to you by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and Western Science Center.

#FossilFriday

Today's episode of Fossil Friday Chats was a very special one because it was our 50th episode! From the Alf Museum, Western Science Center, Gabe, and Brittney, thanks so much to all of our amazing guests and fantastic supporters! There have been some wonderful stories shared and great questions asked through these first 50 episodes. We can't wait to share more stories from the world of paleontology.

Watch all of episodes, past and future, on our YouTube channel. Subscribe today! www.youtube.com/alfmuseumpaleo

If you would like to support Fossil Friday Chats and other educational programs at the Alf Museum and the Western Science Center, please consider giving a gift online.

Alf Museum: https://www.webb.org/giving (designate the Alf Museum)

Western Science Center: https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/donate

Fossil Friday Chats is a collaborative project brought to you by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and Western Science Center.

#FossilFriday

03/03/2021

Lab Manager Leya Collins prepares many of the fossils that arrive at the Western Science Center collections, and she often does it with power tools! 🛠 Check out this video of her cleaning a dinosaur bone for future research and curation.

Happy #FossilFriday! Fossil preparation is a vital step in the research process. This is what the Scaphohippus sumani de...
02/26/2021

Happy #FossilFriday! Fossil preparation is a vital step in the research process. This is what the Scaphohippus sumani dentary featured in our new research into Cajon Valley formation horses looked like immediately after excavation. That dark tooth is from an entirely different animal!

Read all about our new research into Miocene horses here: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6dv597pp

Happy #FossilFriday! Fossil preparation is a vital step in the research process. This is what the Scaphohippus sumani dentary featured in our new research into Cajon Valley formation horses looked like immediately after excavation. That dark tooth is from an entirely different animal!

Read all about our new research into Miocene horses here: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6dv597pp

New research alert! Did you know three toed horses roamed the Inland Empire millions of years ago? Our new paper, now pu...
02/25/2021

New research alert!

Did you know three toed horses roamed the Inland Empire millions of years ago? Our new paper, now published in UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology's Paleobios, looks at Miocene horses in Southern California and reveals new information about their range and taxonomy!

Congratulatons to authors WSC Outreach & Communications Coordinator Brittney Stoneburg, WSC Director Dr. Alton Dooley, WSC Curator Dr. Andrew McDonald, Cogstone paleontologist Eric Scott, and Montana State University undergraduate student Charlotte Hohman.

Read the paper for free here: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6dv597pp

New research alert!

Did you know three toed horses roamed the Inland Empire millions of years ago? Our new paper, now published in UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology's Paleobios, looks at Miocene horses in Southern California and reveals new information about their range and taxonomy!

Congratulatons to authors WSC Outreach & Communications Coordinator Brittney Stoneburg, WSC Director Dr. Alton Dooley, WSC Curator Dr. Andrew McDonald, Cogstone paleontologist Eric Scott, and Montana State University undergraduate student Charlotte Hohman.

Read the paper for free here: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6dv597pp

Happy #ToothTuesday from these #3Dprinted chompers! This is a model of the skull of Homotherium, a big cat that lived in...
02/23/2021

Happy #ToothTuesday from these #3Dprinted chompers! This is a model of the skull of Homotherium, a big cat that lived in Southern California around a million years ago. The full model made a special guest appearance during our summer and fall outdoor events, and will be used as part of our outreach exhibits when we reopen to the public!

Happy #ToothTuesday from these #3Dprinted chompers! This is a model of the skull of Homotherium, a big cat that lived in Southern California around a million years ago. The full model made a special guest appearance during our summer and fall outdoor events, and will be used as part of our outreach exhibits when we reopen to the public!

Happy #DarwinDay! Because of the digitization work happening at Natural History Museum, London, the Western Science Cent...
02/12/2021

Happy #DarwinDay! Because of the digitization work happening at Natural History Museum, London, the Western Science Center is able to show #3Dprints of fossils like Charles Darwin's Toxodon skull to people in California, like at this 2018 California Association of Science Educators meeting.

Happy #DarwinDay! Because of the digitization work happening at Natural History Museum, London, the Western Science Center is able to show #3Dprints of fossils like Charles Darwin's Toxodon skull to people in California, like at this 2018 California Association of Science Educators meeting.

Happy #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience! Our staff is largely comprised of women - this picture showcases just a few of ...
02/11/2021

Happy #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience! Our staff is largely comprised of women - this picture showcases just a few of the amazing women who keep the museum running day after day through research, lab work, education, and more!

Happy #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience! Our staff is largely comprised of women - this picture showcases just a few of the amazing women who keep the museum running day after day through research, lab work, education, and more!

We have a #MastodonMonday surprise for everyone - Max the Mastodon plushies are now available online on our website!The ...
02/08/2021

We have a #MastodonMonday surprise for everyone - Max the Mastodon plushies are now available online on our website!

The Pacific mastodon (Mammut pacificus) lived in the Western United States over 50,000 years ago during the Ice Age. The Western Science Center is home to the largest collection of these prehistoric creatures in the country, and “Max” has been our mascot since we opened in 2007. Now is your chance to support our museum by taking home your very own “Max the Mastodon” plushie! $25 plus shipping calculated at checkout - get yours today!

https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/max-the-mastodon-plushie

We have a #MastodonMonday surprise for everyone - Max the Mastodon plushies are now available online on our website!

The Pacific mastodon (Mammut pacificus) lived in the Western United States over 50,000 years ago during the Ice Age. The Western Science Center is home to the largest collection of these prehistoric creatures in the country, and “Max” has been our mascot since we opened in 2007. Now is your chance to support our museum by taking home your very own “Max the Mastodon” plushie! $25 plus shipping calculated at checkout - get yours today!

https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/max-the-mastodon-plushie

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Riverside County's premiere Natural History museum, Western Science Center, is home to both permanent and special exhibits along with educational programming promoting scientific knowledge. With an extensive collection of Ice Age fossils, as well as archaeological artifacts, the Western Science Center is the perfect place to discover the past and explore the future! Follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/WesternCenter Visit Dr. Alton Dooley's Director's Blog at: http://valleyofthemastodon.wordpress.com/

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Turn on PBS now. Wed at 7 pm
Kindred Hospital of Riverside would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Western Center for their generous donation of mask clips! They are greatly appreciated!
I'm always so impressed by your creative ways of engaging the community in science. Your online virtual engagements are no exception. Keep up the great work!
Look who's in this new NBC doc. Great job Dr. Dooley!
I really enjoyed coming to your facility today with the students from Box Springs Elementary School, 2nd grade field trip. Amazing facility. The children enjoyed it so much. Thanks.
The Western Science Center is listed on the ASTC reciprocal list found here: https://oc.discoverycube.org/member-benefits/ However, when I traveled here with my kids the past weekend, the receptionist turned down our membership stating that you are actually not reciprocal members! Can you please clear this up that you do not participate in the future so as to not waste people's time?! Thanks!
Needing out about mastodons with these paleontologists
Come and join us.... TEMECULA CANYON: THE FAILED ROUTE OF THE CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN RAILROAD The failed 1880’s effort to establish a permanent inland railroad route from San Bernardino to National City will be the Hemet Heritage Foundation/Museum kick-off program for 2017/18. Researcher and historian Bob Kent will be telling us all about this early California debacle this coming Monday, September 11, 7:00 pm., in the DVMS Library (Rm. 117), 291 W. Chambers St. Please join us and… bring a friend!
Look out!!!!'
Is anything going on for the Perseid meteor shower?