CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Feb. 28

Date: 02-09-2015

Ernesto Rivera, Editorial Assistant
Public Affairs
Renee Renner, Executive Director
Gateway Science Museum

California State University, Chico’s Gateway Science Museum will celebrate its fifth anniversary Saturday, Feb. 28, from noon to 5 p.m. Celebrations on the museum lawn will include a petting zoo, a bubble machine, face painting, popcorn and “Buttercup,” a fiberglass cow with working udders.

The museum, which opened five years ago this month, features two main exhibit halls, the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery, a demonstration lab, a discovery room and a lobby with a volcano-shaped skylight.

Outside the museum’s doors, visitors can experience the beauty of the Founders Plaza, an amphitheater, ecoregions representing northern California’s natural habitats, a native plant pollinator garden and a vegetable garden.

“This anniversary celebrates five years of science and technology programming at the Gateway Science Museum,” said Executive Director Renee Renner. “It stands as a testament to the dedication and commitment of campus and community partnerships in supporting science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] outreach in the North State.

“The Gateway partnership has a 20-year history of vision, planning and promotion of STEM programming, and promises to be a lasting partnership in pursuit of our common mission—to inspire the exploration of science and natural history in our region and beyond.”

The museum’s current exhibits are “Attack of the Bloodsuckers,” a skin-crawling examination into mosquitoes, leeches, fleas, ticks and other parasites; “Modern Farming – Land, Water, People and Science,” an interactive highlight of the region’s agricultural production and practices; and “Seeds – Nature’s Artful Engineering,” which portrays the diversity and ingenuity of seed dispersal mechanisms of native California plants. All three exhibits run through May 10.

Among the museum’s ongoing exhibits are a collection of ice age skeletons and a photography exhibit that documents the Sacramento River and its role in the region.

The museum is located at 625 Esplanade (near Bidwell Mansion) and is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

All activities on the lawn will be free. Regular admission will still apply for entrance to the museum: Adults are $6, children/students (with a valid student ID) are $3 and children under three years old enter free.

For more information, contact the Gateway Science Museum at 530-898-4121 or visit www.csuchico.edu/gateway.


Photo: Attendees of the Gateway Science Museum’s fifth anniversary celebration Feb. 28 may learn to milk “Buttercup,” a fiberglass demonstration cow as Jessen Whelchel, 4, did at the Farm City Celebration Harvest Festival in Chico Nov. 8. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Mora, California Women for Agriculture, North Valley Chapter.)