Explorit is now beginning its 35th anniversary! Founded in 1982 by local citizens, this home grown experiment was conceived as a cutting edge model of public exposure to science. It was a different breed of science center at a time when other types of science centers were focused primarily on the observation of scientific phenomena through formal demonstrations or traditional museum 'hands-off' installations. At Explorit the different emphasis was (and still is) on personal involvement in the process of science and nature. Our vision involves the use, by both children and adults, of every day materials to discover the mostly unnoticed, unappreciated science processes that make our everyday world work. Thousands of people each year experience Explorit's unique, hands-on exhibitions, programs, lectures, workshops, safaris and so much more. Our goal is to continue to engage people of all ages in hands-on activities that provoke questions and lead to experimentation with familiar tools and materials that we find in our everyday lives. Participants of our programs actively participate in the process of science and 'learn by doing'. Explorit has a particular style. It developed its style because it made Explorit stand out from the crowd, because it fit the philosophy of the founders and because it works! This style has matured over the last 35 years in response to the expressed and demonstrated needs and interests of Explorit's audience as well as to the capabilities of the staff and facility in which Explorit operates. Over the last 5-10 years, K-12 programs have begun embracing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which in large, part reflect the style and approach Explorit has fostered since 1982. the Our program guidelines are as follows: 'Let's use open-ended hands-on experiences.' 'Let's re-integrate the sciences into everyday living to reflect on the real world.' 'Let's reach out to other communities.' 'Let's include families.' 'Let's do science for all ages.' 'Let's share our enthusiasm that science IS fun!' 'Let's use familiar and available materials.' Through our variety of programs and services we strive to nurture understanding of the science in our lives, stimulate curiosity in people of all ages, instill confidence in people that they can do and understand science, increase public access to science resources, experts and information, enrich peoples lives through the joy of learning, empower individuals to make informed decisions and encourage stewardship of the earth's natural resources.