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Celebrating Science at the 3rd Annual Inland Empire Science Festival!

Western Science Center Telescope
Western Science Center

Hemet, CA Ready. Set. Science! The 3rd annual Inland Empire Science returns to the Western Science Center on April 22, 2017, and is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day with the family at Riverside County’s largest natural history museum.

Guests can take a journey through the Ice Age fossils and artifacts displayed in the halls as they visit with over a dozen unique exhibitors! Meet the Riverside Astronomical Society with their solar telescopes; learn all about insects with the UCR Entomology Club; discover the wonders of skeletons and skulls with Bone Clones, Inc; learn about prehistoric creatures with the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, and more. Paleoartist Brian Engh will be presenting science-related art, and paleontologist Matt Wedel will be signing copies of his new book The Sauropod Dinosaurs. Flint knapping demonstrations will be presented by archaeologist Jon Torres. The museum will also be hosting activities presented in conjunction with the National Math Festival.

“As a museum, we are always advocating for science education and awareness, and we have a unique opportunity with the Inland Empire Science Festival to bring numerous scientific fields under one roof,” says Brittney Stoneburg, Marketing & Events Specialist for the Western Science Center. “At the festival, you can learn about paleontology one moment and astronomy the next!”

The Western Science Center’s two temporary exhibits, Stepping Out of the Past, an exhibit on human origins developed in collaboration with Mt. San Jacinto College, and From Soda to Snake Oil: A Look at Historic Glass will both be open to the public during the Inland Empire Science Festival. All guests 12 and under will also receive a “Pleistocene Passport” – once completed by visiting all of the exhibitors, guests will be able to receive a free replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex tooth made by Western Science Center staff on site during the event.

The Inland Empire Science Festival will be held at the Western Science Center on April 22, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $6.50 for seniors 62+, $6.50 for students 13-22 w/ID, $6.00 for youth 5-12, under 4 years old is free, and Active Military (individual) w/ID is free. Admission to the museum is included in the ticket price. WSC members can attend for free. All proceeds from the event benefit museum exhibits and programs.

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