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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 Visit Dr. Alton Dooley's Director's Blog at: http://valleyofthemastodon.wordpress.com/

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Happy #FossilFriday! WSC volunteer and Montana State University undergraduate Charlotte Hohman virtually presented her r...
10/16/2020

Happy #FossilFriday! WSC volunteer and Montana State University undergraduate Charlotte Hohman virtually presented her research on Ice Age horses this week at the 2020 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference, and we asked her to share on our blog!

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We're hosting a National Fossil Day: "Let's Tour!" Livestream along with the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, and ...
10/14/2020

We're hosting a National Fossil Day: "Let's Tour!" Livestream along with the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, and you can get a behind the scenes look into our collections and meet our paleontologists at 4PM PST today! Just go to www.youtube.com/alfmuseumpaleo to learn all about the amazing collections we house and study here in the heart of the Inland Empire.

Tomorrow is National Fossil Day! Our "Let's Tour!" livestream event, organized in partnership with the Raymond M. Alf Mu...
10/13/2020

Tomorrow is National Fossil Day! Our "Let's Tour!" livestream event, organized in partnership with the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, begins at 8am Pacific Time and then we'll be virtually visiting our friends at other museums every hour. Be sure to stick around because we'll have a Q&A with our virtual hosts at their museums at the end of each tour.

Got questions, but can't make the livestreams? Send us your questions in the comments.

All livestreams will be recorded and will be immediately available for viewing on our YouTube channel following the live portion.

Watch or set a reminder for each virtual tour here: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlfMuseumPaleo

Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology this Wednesday as we go behind the scenes of museums across the co...
10/12/2020

Join us and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology this Wednesday as we go behind the scenes of museums across the country for National Fossil Day. Learn more about the museums we'll be visiting for our Let's Tour! Livestream!

Wednesday is #NationalFossilDay! Join the Alf Museum and Western Science Center as we go behind-the-exhibits of 9 special museum collections across the US and meet the paleontologists who care for the fossils kept within. Learn more about the museums we'll be visiting for our Let's Tour! Livestream!

National Fossil Day is next Wednesday! Join the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and Western Science Center as we t...
10/08/2020

National Fossil Day is next Wednesday! Join the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and Western Science Center as we take a virtual behind-the-exhibits tour of museums across the US and meet the paleontologists who care for them! Be sure to tune in for the live episodes for special Q&A's with our guest paleontologists.

All times listed in Pacific Time (UTC-8:00)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLm5fXHLGdmYEZi1BtlcbWWnIucrRaNrFg

National Fossil Day is brought to you by the National Park Service.

Collections are coming in and WSC collections manager Darla Radford is sharing this amazing piece of local history! “Thi...
10/06/2020

Collections are coming in and WSC collections manager Darla Radford is sharing this amazing piece of local history! “This beautiful enamel license plate was found during monitoring for a road expansion project in Riverside County, CA. It dates to 1919 which was the last year of this particular design. California first began requiring vehicles to be registered in 1905 but it wasn't until 1914 that state-made license plates were produced. Prior to that, owners had to make their own license plates!”

It's another #MastodonMonday from Dr. Alton Dooley! Today's feature is a  probable female Pacific Mastodon neck vertebra...
10/05/2020

It's another #MastodonMonday from Dr. Alton Dooley! Today's feature is a probable female Pacific Mastodon neck vertebra in side view. Like most animals with large, heavy heads, mastodons have shortened neck vertebrae. This specimen is from the Diamond Valley Lake collection here at the Western Science Center.

Mention the Western Science Center when you eat at Lemongrass Asian Cuisine this Friday through Sunday and 100% of the p...
10/02/2020

Mention the Western Science Center when you eat at Lemongrass Asian Cuisine this Friday through Sunday and 100% of the proceeds from your meal will support the museum during our closure! We are so thankful for the generosity of community partners like Lemongrass.

Thank you to all of our visitors who joined us this past weekend for WSC@Night: Windows Into The Past! Our first event i...
09/28/2020

Thank you to all of our visitors who joined us this past weekend for [email protected]: Windows Into The Past! Our first event in six months was a huge success thanks to the support of our community - and we can't wait to do it again soon! Thank you again to everyone who joined us to learn science in a safe, outdoor environment while our main exhibits are closed.

Welcome to our first museum visitors since March, who are enjoying our new outdoor event, WSC@Night: Windows Into The Pa...
09/27/2020

Welcome to our first museum visitors since March, who are enjoying our new outdoor event, [email protected]: Windows Into The Past!

Thanks to a cancellation, we have ONE timeslot open at 6:20PM for tonight's WSC@Night: Windows Into The Past event! Get ...
09/26/2020
[email protected]: Windows into the Past Registration — Western Science Center

Thanks to a cancellation, we have ONE timeslot open at 6:20PM for tonight's [email protected]: Windows Into The Past event! Get it fast before it's gone!

Thank you for your interest in attending our first [email protected]: Windows into the Past outdoor event! All of our time slots are now sold out, but fill out the form below to be the first to know when we open up time slots for another upcoming event.

Get ready to see fossils and artifacts from the ancient past again - our staff is hard at work getting ready for WSC@Nig...
09/24/2020

Get ready to see fossils and artifacts from the ancient past again - our staff is hard at work getting ready for [email protected]: Windows Into The Past, which is now SOLD OUT!

We are so thankful for the support of our community during our closure, and we can't wait to welcome guests back safely during this special outdoor event.

Our dig site will also be on display during the event, and Lab Manager Leya Collins shows off a giant ground sloth claw that will just be one of many fossils you'll be able to see again this Saturday!

09/11/2020
Fossil Friday Chats: "The Marine Science Teen Internship" w/ Michelle Barboza

Woo! #TGIFossilFriday! Join our hosts, Brittney and Gabe, and guest paleontologist, Michelle Barboza, this morning at 10am PT on YouTube as we chat about the importance to teaching natural history to the next generation!

Brought to you by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and Western Science Center.

#FossilFriday

https://youtu.be/OUfegJLNEt0

There are many paths one can take when you are paleontologist! Research, museums, teaching! In this episode, paleontologist and new co-host of PBS Eons, Mich...

09/04/2020
Fossil Friday Chats: "Yukon's Fossil Rush" w/ Dr. Grant Zazula

#TGIFossilFriday! We are back with more episodes of FCC starting this morning at 10am PT! Join us on YouTube as we chat with Dr. Grant Zazula about "Yukon's Fossil Rush"!

And remember to subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications for all future episodes of Fossil Friday Chats!

https://youtu.be/QrBC0TTBbJo

On this episode, we are joined by paleontologist, Dr. Grant Zazula, as we chat about Yukon's Fossil Rush! Since the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, scienti...

09/01/2020
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre

Learn more about our favorite prehistoric animal, the mastodon, with our friends from the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre!

Live for Mysteries of the Mastodons!

Happy #FossilFriday! Here’s a ground level view of the mighty Pacific mastodon - our favorite proboscideans stood over t...
08/28/2020

Happy #FossilFriday! Here’s a ground level view of the mighty Pacific mastodon - our favorite proboscideans stood over ten feet at the shoulder. If you want to learn more about mastodons, be sure to check out the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre’s upcoming livestream Mysteries of the Mastodon featuring WSC Executive Director Dr. Alton Dooley!

Fossil Friday Chats is moving to YouTube Live!Starting next Friday, you can catch FFC on our YouTube channel! We'll be s...
08/26/2020

Fossil Friday Chats is moving to YouTube Live!

Starting next Friday, you can catch FFC on our YouTube channel! We'll be streaming Fridays at 10am Pacific time. So subscribe to our channel to catch all the chats with all of our upcoming guest scientists!

Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/alfmuseumpaleo

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

Tooth comparison from Dr. Alton Dooley on #MastodonMonday! Left is a lower right 3rd molar from a #PacificMastodon (“Max...
08/24/2020

Tooth comparison from Dr. Alton Dooley on #MastodonMonday! Left is a lower right 3rd molar from a #PacificMastodon (“Max”) from California, right is the same tooth (from the opposite side) from an #AmericanMastodon from Ohio, same scale (length of Max's tooth 187.1 mm). These are extreme examples, but they illustrate one of the big differences between Pacific and American mastodons!

It's #FossilFriday, and we have more dinosaur bones to show off! 🦖This bone is a tyrannosaur coracoid, a part of the sho...
08/21/2020

It's #FossilFriday, and we have more dinosaur bones to show off! 🦖

This bone is a tyrannosaur coracoid, a part of the shoulder, and it might be a second example of Dynamoterror dynastes, a tyrannosaur that WSC and our colleagues at the Zuni Dinosaur Institute for Geosciences named in 2018. This tyrannosaur prowled the Cretaceous forests of New Mexico 79 million years ago, more than 10 million years before its larger relative, Tyrannosaurus!

Happy #FossilFriday! The Fossil Friday Chat show is taking the next couple weeks off, but the Alf Museum and the Western...
08/21/2020

Happy #FossilFriday! The Fossil Friday Chat show is taking the next couple weeks off, but the Alf Museum and the Western Science Center just want to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful guests for sharing their stories and chatting with us about the wonderful world of natural history! And of course, we could not have done this without every single of our amazing viewers and supporters for tuning in! You've all been amazing being ready to learn and to ask some amazing questions!

Catch up on all the episodes here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/198373920530/529748157617840/

We look forward to returning in a couple weeks with many more scientists, stories, and fun! #TGIFF

Fossil Friday Chats is brought to you by the Alf Museum and the Western Science Center. We are proud to be able to offer our free or low-cost programs to our communities during this difficult time. If you would like to support our educational programs, you can support our museums online. Thank you!

Alf Museum: https://www.givecampus.com/campaigns/8819/donations/new (select Alf Museum as your designation)

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

This year we moved our Fossil Preparation Laboratory in a new, larger space! What does it take to move an entire laborat...
08/19/2020
Moving the Lab — Western Science Center

This year we moved our Fossil Preparation Laboratory in a new, larger space! What does it take to move an entire laboratory full of fossils and equipment? Museum Supervisor and Lab Manager Leya Collins explains in a post on our museum blog!

by Museum Supervisor & Lab Manager Leya D. Collins 

It’s a new #MastodonMonday post from WSC Director Dr. Alton Dooley! This photo features an injury to Max Mastodon’s jaw,...
08/17/2020

It’s a new #MastodonMonday post from WSC Director Dr. Alton Dooley! This photo features an injury to Max Mastodon’s jaw, possibly caused by another mastodon. Male American mastodons are known to have fought each other, resulting in broken bones and sometimes fatal injuries, and Pacific mastodons probably did the same. This particular injury in Max had healed!

08/17/2020
Western Science Center

Thanks again to everyone who joined us for last week's #FossilFriday chat! As announced on stream, we will be taking a short break - Season 2 will begin in September!

What can the Georgia Barrier Islands teach us about geology and paleontology? On this episode of FFC, Dr. Tony J. Martin of Emory University joins us to chat about his research into trace fossils and how we can learn more about the past from fossils other than bones!

Tune in Friday 8/14 at 10am PDT on FB Live.

Brought to you by the Alf Museum and Western Science Center.

08/12/2020

What can the Georgia Barrier Islands teach us about geology and paleontology? On this episode of FFC, Dr. Tony J. Martin of Emory University joins us to chat about his research into trace fossils and how we can learn more about the past from fossils other than bones!

Tune in Friday 8/14 at 10am PDT on FB Live.

Brought to you by the Alf Museum and Western Science Center.

08/12/2020
FFC: Tracking the Golden Isles w/ Dr. Tony Martin

What can the Georgia Barrier Islands teach us about geology and paleontology? On this episode of FFC, Dr. Tony J. Martin of Emory University joins us to chat about his research into trace fossils and how we can learn more about the past from fossils other than bones!

Tune in Friday 8/14 at 10am PDT on FB Live.

Brought to you by the Alf Museum and Western Science Center.

We miss our volunteers, so we threw them a Drive-By Appreciation Party! WSC staff put together gift bags and signs to sh...
08/11/2020

We miss our volunteers, so we threw them a Drive-By Appreciation Party! WSC staff put together gift bags and signs to show our volunteers just how much we've missed their hard work and dedication during our shutdown. Thank you to each and everyone of our volunteers who has supported the museum with your time, expertise, and passion over the years - we can't wait to welcome you back soon!

A pair of mastodon molars from Executive Director Dr. Alton Dooley for #MastodonMonday! The top molar is an American mas...
08/10/2020

A pair of mastodon molars from Executive Director Dr. Alton Dooley for #MastodonMonday! The top molar is an American mastodon tooth from Baton Rouge, LA, while the bottom molar is a Pacific mastodon tooth from the Western Science Center's Diamond Valley Lake collection.

08/07/2020
FFC: "Snails: Coming Out of my Shell and I'm Doing Just Slime" w/ Dr. Sabah Ul-Hasan & Michael Malloy

Did you know that there are venomous snails living in the ocean? In fact, there are hundreds of species -- and they've been around for millions of years! Join us, Dr. Sabah Ul-Hasan (Scripps Research Institute), and Michael Malloy on this episode as we delve into (a) what even is a cone snail, (b) where to find them, (c) how long they've been around, and (d) why to care about anything cone snail at all.

Tune in Friday, August 7th at 4pm Pacific Time!

Brought to you by the Alf Museum and Western Science Center.

08/07/2020
FFC: "Working on Beached Things" w/ Dr. Nathan Van Vranken

Beached mosasaurs? Dr. Nathan Van Vranken of Potomac State College joins us on Fossil Friday Chats to share his work looking at marine reptiles like mosasaurs and ichthyosaurs!

Tune in Friday, August 7th at 10am PDT!

Brought to you by the Alf Museum and Western Science Center.

08/07/2020
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre

Dr. Alton Dooley's talk with our friends at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre is now live!

Join us for #BCST with Dr. Alton Dooley.

We want to show our appreciation for the dozens of volunteers who donate their time and expertise every day to the museu...
08/04/2020

We want to show our appreciation for the dozens of volunteers who donate their time and expertise every day to the museum, even while we're closed. We'll be sharing the stories and experiences of our volunteers in the following weeks, starting with long-time museum volunteer Denise Dawson!

Tell us a little about yourself!
"I'm a retired high school biology teacher who loves to travel, workout, and volunteer at the museum."

How long have you volunteered at the museum?
"4 years!"

What do you do at the museum?
"Events, Science Saturdays, teach field trip labs, and docent in the museum."

What's your favorite fossil or artifact in the museum?
"Max the Mastodon." (Good choice, Denise!)

What's your favorite part of volunteering at the museum?
"Sharing cool science with the community and working with the awesome staff."

Any advice for future volunteers?
"Don't worry about having all the answers, just share what you are excited about."

08/03/2020

Did you know that there are venomous snails living in the ocean? In fact, there are hundreds of species -- and they've been around for millions of years! Join us, Dr. Sabah Ul-Hasan (Scripps Research Institute), and Michael Malloy on this episode as we delve into (a) what even is a cone snail, (b) where to find them, (c) how long they've been around, and (d) why to care about anything cone snail at all.

Tune in Friday, August 7th at 4pm Pacific Time!

Brought to you by the Alf Museum and Western Science Center.

08/03/2020

Beached mosasaurs? Dr. Nathan Van Vranken of Potomac State College joins us on Fossil Friday Chats to share his work looking at marine reptiles like mosasaurs and ichthyosaurs!

Tune in Friday, August 7th at 10am PDT!

Brought to you by the Alf Museum and Western Science Center.

A #MastodonMonday feature by director Dr. Alton Dooley that features the 2nd premolar came from a baby Pacific mastodon,...
08/03/2020

A #MastodonMonday feature by director Dr. Alton Dooley that features the 2nd premolar came from a baby Pacific mastodon, which was probably less than 1 year old, that was trapped in the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum! #PacificMastodon

08/03/2020
[email protected]: Dermestid Beetles

If you checked out our [email protected]: The Science of Bugs activities this past weekend, you got a tour of our dermestid beetle colony by WSC Educator Margaret Ozolins and Lab Manager Leya Collins.

Our dermestid beetle colony is helping us build a collection of modern animals that will serve as reference material for scientists trying to identify Ice Age fossils. Check out the video below to get a close up look at our resident creepy crawlies!

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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?