Western Science Center presents Inland Empire Science Festival

HEMET – Ready. Set. Science! The third annual Inland Empire Science Festival returns to the Western Science Center April 22. It 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 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 University of California Riverside Entomology Club; discover the wonders of skeletons and skulls with Bone Clones; 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 Matthew J. Wedel will be signing copies of his new book “The Sauropod Dinosaurs.” Flint knapping demonstrations will be presented by archaeologist John 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,” Brittney Stoneburg, marketing and events specialist for the Western Science Center, said. “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 age 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 April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors age 62 or older, $6.50 for students age 13-22 with student ID, $6 for youth age 5-12, children under 4 years old are free and active military individuals with military ID are free. Admission to the museum is included in the ticket price. Western Science Center members can attend for free. All proceeds from the event benefit museum exhibits and programs.

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