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

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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

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
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