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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/

05/06/2020

Searching for fossils in the birthplace of humanity! Sounds like the title of an old adventure movie right? Well this is very real for our guest paleontologist, Eric Scott! Join us as Eric shares stories of his scientific journey to find ancient horse fossils!

#FossilFriday Chats is brought to you by the Western Science Center and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. #MuseumFromHome

The Western Science Center has been committed to bringing science and education to the Inland Empire since 2006, and we ...
05/05/2020

The Western Science Center has been committed to bringing science and education to the Inland Empire since 2006, and we are working to continue that legacy through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though we have had to close our physical doors to the public.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on donations, admissions, and the support of our community to operate. In the spirit of #GivingTuesdayNow, a campaign to support nonprofits and other initiatives through this crisis, please feel free to donate to the museum if you are in a position to do so: https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/donate. We deeply appreciate any and all support.

We can't wait to welcome you back in our exhibit halls, where together we will continue to discover the past, explore the present, and promote a sustainable future. #WSCFromHome

SciSat@Home: The Science of H2O is now LIVE on our website! Visit WesternScienceCenter.org and download everything you n...
05/02/2020

[email protected]: The Science of H2O is now LIVE on our website! Visit WesternScienceCenter.org and download everything you need to conduct hands-on activities from the comfort of your own home, while WSC Educator Margaret Ozolins guides you through designing a water filter, learning about the water cycle, and more. And just like our in-person Science Saturdays, it's all for free!

#WSCFromHome

It's time to gather questions for another episode of #CuratorConvos with Western Science Center Curator Dr. Andrew McDon...
04/29/2020

It's time to gather questions for another episode of #CuratorConvos with Western Science Center Curator Dr. Andrew McDonald!

This week, tell us in the comments who your favorite animal is (extinct or living!) and Dr. McDonald may tell you about its evolutionary history in an upcoming video. #WSCFromHome

04/27/2020

Lights, camera, action! On this very special episode of #FossilFriday Chats, we are joined by the hosts of the popular YouTube series, PBS Eons! Blake de Pastino and Kallie Moore will share the story behind the creation Eons, what goes into creating an episode, and what it takes to become a science communicator and educator on YouTube!

Fossil Friday Chats is brought to you by the Western Science Center and the Alf Museum.

04/27/2020

Things are getting dirty! No, really! In this special episode of Fossil Friday Chats, we’re going to search for some fossils (safely and responsibly) in the sediment-rich creeks of Florida. Come join vertebrate paleontologist, Michael Ziegler, on a live-stream fossil hunt, discuss what stories the geology of fossil sites can tell us, and learn some of the simple techniques researchers use to collect fossils.

#FossilFriday Chats is brought to you by the Western Science Center and the Alf Museum.
#MuseumFromHome

We are a proud member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, and we're one of their many partner museums ...
04/27/2020
How Museums Are Helping Keep Essential Workers Safe

We are a proud member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, and we're one of their many partner museums working to produce PPE for essential workers!

Children’s museums and science centers are helping create PPE and face masks.

04/24/2020
Fossil Friday Chats: "Fish Food Webs" with Amber Michels

Things are getting fishy on this episode of #FossilFriday Chats. Amber Michels, a paleontology masters student from Fort Hays State University, will be joining us on this episode to helps us figure out who at who in the ancient "Fish Food Webs".

Fossil Friday Chats is brought to you by the Western Science Center and the Alf Museum. #MuseumFromHome

Want to learn about dinosaur extinctions and fishy food webs? Of course you do! Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of...
04/23/2020

Want to learn about dinosaur extinctions and fishy food webs? Of course you do! Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology LIVE for two great episodes of #FossilFriday chats tomorrow at 10am and 3pm Pacific Time!

#MuseumFromHome

While we were disappointed to postpone our 2020 Teen Earth Optimism Summit, the Smithsonian has now made the Earth Optim...
04/22/2020
Earth Optimism 2020 Summit Schedule

While we were disappointed to postpone our 2020 Teen Earth Optimism Summit, the Smithsonian has now made the Earth Optimism 2020 Summit virtual! This week, tune in for workshops, talks, and more to learn how you can have positive impact on our planet. WSC is proud to be a part of Smithsonian Affiliations! #EarthDay

Click "See More" to view the Deep Dive Workshops. Some require pre-registration, so we encourage you to review the sessions ahead of time. #seeMore

Happy #EarthDay2020 from Max the Mastodon and the WSC staff, who've been enjoying nature while away from the museum. How...
04/22/2020

Happy #EarthDay2020 from Max the Mastodon and the WSC staff, who've been enjoying nature while away from the museum. How are you enjoying nature from home today? 🌷🌿🍊

Connect with nature even while inside with the Western Science Center! Click the link below to download new activities d...
04/22/2020
Earth Day 2020 — Western Science Center

Connect with nature even while inside with the Western Science Center!

Click the link below to download new activities designed by our team of educators and enjoy this year’s Earth Day from home with your local natural history museum. Share your results with #WSCFromHome!

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!

Join us tomorrow to celebrate #EarthDay! We'll be posting new coloring pages and activities on our website, and our staf...
04/21/2020

Join us tomorrow to celebrate #EarthDay! We'll be posting new coloring pages and activities on our website, and our staff will be sharing how Max the Mastodon has been experiencing nature while in lockdown! Follow along and tag us in your own Earth Day adventures using #WSCFromHome.

Our 3D printing lab, once used to print fossil replicas for exhibits and outreach, has been entirely repurposed to produ...
04/18/2020
Hemet’s Western Science Center makes mask clips for hospitals battling coronavirus

Our 3D printing lab, once used to print fossil replicas for exhibits and outreach, has been entirely repurposed to produce to mask clips for hospitals from Hemet to Los Angeles.

We're proud to contribute to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic in whatever way we can. Thank you to The Press-Enterprise for this article about the museum's efforts!

The museum’s four 3D printers — normally used for printing exhibits — have been going 24 hours a day

04/17/2020
Fossil Friday Chats: Walruses, Whales, & Education with Isaac Magallanes

When not skateboarding or listening to Hip-Hop, Isaac Magallanes, a University of Chicago PhD Student, studies the evolution of marine mammals and enjoys teaching about it! He's joining us on this episode to chat about his path into paleontology and what we can learn from ancient marine mammals!

Fossil Friday Chats is brought to you by the Western Science Center and the Alf Museum.

#MuseumFromHome #FossilFriday

04/17/2020
Join us today live at 10AM and 3PM for #FossilFriday web chats, produced in collaboration with the Raymond M. Alf Museum...
04/17/2020

Join us today live at 10AM and 3PM for #FossilFriday web chats, produced in collaboration with the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology!

Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology this Friday for two more #FossilFriday web chats!

The University of Chicago PhD student Caroline Abbot will join us at 10AM PDT on Facebook Live to chat about Dicynodont, which were strange land-dwelling herbivores that appeared 40 million years before any dinosaur!

And fellow The University of Chicago PhD student Isaac Magallanes will present at 3PM PDT on the evolution of marine mammals and how he teaches about them.

#MuseumFromHome #WSCFromHome

WSC Lab Manager Leya Collins is sharing some of the unique finds museum field trip participants have found during our ow...
04/16/2020
How Do Owl Pellets Work? — Western Science Center

WSC Lab Manager Leya Collins is sharing some of the unique finds museum field trip participants have found during our owl pellet lab activities! Click the link below to read our new blog post. #WSCFromHome

Hello WSC fans, this is Leya Collins, Museum Supervisor here. One of the perks of being a supervisor is that I have the joy of assisting the education department with their many field trips every year. We see about 8,000 children every year who travel up to an hour away just to visit us!

Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology this Friday for two more #FossilFriday web chats!The University of...
04/15/2020

Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology this Friday for two more #FossilFriday web chats!

The University of Chicago PhD student Caroline Abbot will join us at 10AM PDT on Facebook Live to chat about Dicynodont, which were strange land-dwelling herbivores that appeared 40 million years before any dinosaur!

And fellow The University of Chicago PhD student Isaac Magallanes will present at 3PM PDT on the evolution of marine mammals and how he teaches about them.

#MuseumFromHome #WSCFromHome

04/14/2020

Our 3D printing lab is still hard at work, making mask clips for local hospitals. 114 delivered, 295 on order! #COVID19

04/13/2020
#CuratorConvos: Ask Me Anything!

Happy #MuseumMonday! Today we've brought back #CuratorConvos - Curator Dr. Andrew McDonald is answering your paleontology questions in this new video. Learn about California's state dinosaur, why we refer to animals by their genus name, and more!

Got a question for our curator? Let us know and your question could be answered in an upcoming video. #WSCFromHome

04/10/2020
Fossil Friday Chats: 4-tusked Elephants w/ Jeanette Pirlo

What would a 4-tusked elephant look like?? Join us on this episode of #FossilFriday Chats as paleontologist and University of Florida PhD student, Jeanette Pirlo, helps us to paint a picture of these strange, extinct elephants!

Fossil Friday Chats is brought to you by the Western Science Center and the Alf Museum.

#MuseumFromHome

04/10/2020
Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology tomorrow on Facebook Live for TWO #FossilFridayWebchats! At 10 AM,...
04/09/2020

Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology tomorrow on Facebook Live for TWO #FossilFridayWebchats!

At 10 AM, we sit down with Randy Flores, a paleo-scientist from UCLA, to talk about giant shark teeth and how we can learn about past climates from them!

And at 3PM, paleontologist and University of Florida PhD student, Jeanette Pirlo, helps us to paint a picture of strange, extinct elephants!

A reminder to the WSC community per Riverside University Health System - Public Health - stay in place, maintain your sp...
04/08/2020

A reminder to the WSC community per Riverside University Health System - Public Health - stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face!

The museum is repurposing our #3Dprinting lab to produce Creality face mask holders for Hemet Global Medical Center! Are...
04/07/2020

The museum is repurposing our #3Dprinting lab to produce Creality face mask holders for Hemet Global Medical Center! Are you a local health professional who could use these? Please get in touch, we’ll make more if we can!

EDIT: As people have very generously been asking where they can donate to help with the cost of plastic for these items - please see our website at WesternScienceCenter.org/donate if you feel so inclined! Thank you! #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes

SciSat@Home: The Science of Engineering is now LIVE!Click the link below to go to our website and download everything yo...
04/04/2020

[email protected]: The Science of Engineering is now LIVE!

Click the link below to go to our website and download everything you need to conduct hands-on activities from the comfort of your own home, while WSC Educator Margaret Ozolins guides you through making your own ball drop and marble run. And just like our in-person Science Saturdays, it's all for free!

#WSCFromHome

https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/scisathome-engineering

04/03/2020
Fossil Friday Chats: What are Beaks? with Khanh To

On this week's #FossilFriday chat we welcome Khanh To, a PhD student at Virginia Tech, as she helps us answer the question, "What are beaks?"

Join us on Facebook Live starting at 3pm Pacific Time!

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

#MuseumFromHome

04/03/2020
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We're going live with the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at 3PM for today's #FossilFridayWebchats! Join us to learn all about beaks from paleontologist Khanh To. #WSCFromHome

On this week's #FossilFriday chat we welcome Khanh To, a PhD student at Virginia Tech, as she helps us answer the question, "What are beaks?"

Join us on Facebook Live starting at 3pm Pacific Time!

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

#MuseumFromHome

Here’s a real #ThrowbackThursday and a chance to see the “bones” of our building. Our Operations Manager Holly Lauridsen...
04/02/2020

Here’s a real #ThrowbackThursday and a chance to see the “bones” of our building. Our Operations Manager Holly Lauridsen took this shot in 2005, a full year before we opened to the public! We can’t wait to welcome back our community to this building, but in the meantime, the museum is still open virtually and we remain committed to bringing you science from the Inland Empire and beyond.

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2345 Searl Pkwy Bldg 2
Hemet, CA
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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?
Hi! Will you be doing anything for the solar eclipse in August?