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Mastodons to the Max Event Celebrates Mastodon Exhibit at the Western Science Center

HEMET – A new year offers Western Science Center visitors a new opportunity to learn about the prehistoric elephant-like creatures that once roamed the Inland Empire! The Western Science Center kicks off the second half of the Valley of the Mastodons exhibit with a new event on January 20, 2018.

Valley of the Mastodons, the largest exhibit of mastodons ever developed,started out as a scientific workshop hosted by the Western Science Center in August 2017. Scientists and science writers from across North America came to Hemet to study the museum’s collections and make contributions to the Valley of the Mastodons exhibit, which is now open to the public through May 2018. Through this conference and exhibit, the Western Science Center has given visitors a window into the scientific process and into the fossil record of mastodons.

Visitors will have a chance to catch up with some of the researchers who participated in the Valley of the Mastodons conference this past August, who, along with other scientists, will be Skyping into the museum theater throughout the day to give presentations on their research.

“Mastodons are an iconic American Ice Age fossil,” says Dr. Alton Dooley, Executive Director of the Western Science Center. “While the Valley of the Mastodons exhibit focuses on California mastodons, our knowledge comes from workers and specimens all over the world. This event will give visitors a chance to see examples of other mastodons from across the country.”

In addition, young visitors can explore the Pleistocene through the museum’s Valley of the Mastodons scavenger hunt and take home a miniature 3D print of one of the exhibit’s mastodons. Other hands-on activities will be available, such as coloring pages and more. Museum staff will be preparing mastodon fossils and answering visitor questions at the museum’s new Exploration Station in the main exhibit hall.

A free print of the Valley of the Mastodons exhibit mural, signed by paleoartist Brian Engh, will also be raffled off to one randomly chosen user who uses the #ValleyoftheMastodons hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. More information can be found at WesternScienceCenter.org.

The event is on January 20, 2018 from 10:30AM – 4PM. 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.

Brittney Stoneburg, Marketing & Events Specialist
(951)791-0033 | bstoneburg@westerncentermuseum.org

HEMET – The Western Science Center is pleased to announce its annual fundraiser, Science Under the Stars, taking place on September 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM. This year’s theme is “The Science of the Ice Age.”

Considered one of the greatest parties in the Inland Empire, Science Under the Stars takes place on the museum’s beautiful outdoor piazza. Guest will enjoy a delicious catered dinner, open bar, and the chance to explore the museum’s exhibits. Guests will also have the opportunity to take home unique auction items, which include vacation getaways, fossil replicas, and a signed print of artwork featured in the museum’s new exhibit Valley of the Mastodons.

This year’s guest speaker is paleontologist Eric Scott of Cogstone Resource Management, who assisted with the excavation of Diamond Valley Lake. The night will be MC’d by radio personality Bob Madden of local station 101.3 The Mix. Music will be provided by classic rock band One 2 Many, and guests are encouraged to dance the night away!

Western Science Center is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit; all proceeds from Science Under the Stars support the Western Science Center and its programs. Currently in its eleventh year of operation, the museum continues its mission to discover the past, explore the present, and promote a sustainable future. Science Under the Stars is a vital component of the Western Science Center’s fundraising goals as the museum seeks to provide educational opportunities to the Inland Empire at large.

“The Western Science Center is at the forefront of research and education about the Inland Empire’s natural history,” says Dr. Alton Dooley, the Western Science Center’s Executive Director. “Community support, including Science Under the Stars is what enables us to do this innovative work.”

Ticket prices are $125 per seat, $1000 for a table of eight; opportunities for sponsorships are still available. Please call (951) 791-0033 to reserve your spot today; guests can also RSVP online at WesternScienceCenter.org.

For more information, please contact:
Brittney Stoneburg, Marketing & Events Specialist
bstoneburg@westerncentermuseum.org | 951-791-0033, ext. 221

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