Join the Cooper Center and OC Parks for Science in the Park, a free educational fun event for the whole family, at the Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, April 29 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Uncovering artifacts can be an exciting adventure! Deciphering how objects were used, who might have used them, and other aspects of their context helps children to think about the commonalities between different cultures and heritages. Children who learn about archaeology have a greater appreciation for sites that are historically and culturally significant.
Science in the Park at the Irvine Regional Park
During Science in the Park, children will not only have the opportunity to learn more about archaeology, but other activities include paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, science experiments, volcano demonstrations and lectures by leading experts in their fields.
The event will also feature a Junior Scientist Camp that offers educational craftsand hands-on activities that span Native American rock art, microfossil investigation, mini fossil & artifact excavations, fossil rubbings, and more.
And the park’s Orange County Zoo will present ranger talks, roaming discovery carts and children’s storytime throughout the day. Zoo admission is $2.
Additional participants for Science in the Park include volcano expert Dr. Val Memeti, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Tucker Wildlife Center, MineralogicalSociety of Southern California, California State University Fullerton’s Mathematics Club, Chemistry Club and Geology Club, SWCA EnvironmentalConsultants and Sea & Sage Audubon.
History of The Cooper Center
The Copper Center is named after Dr. John D. Cooper, the beloved Cal State University Fullerton professor emeritus of geological sciences. Dr. Cooper was instrumental in creating the curatorial facility for the Orange County Archaeological and Paleontological collections. He was a champion for the collection, obtaining a three-year grant to establish a curatorial framework and volunteering his time after the funding ended. He spoke out at public meetings in favor of increasing the level of care for the collections, and dedicated his time toward creating a better home for the fossils and artifacts. You will be able to see some of the rare artifacts from The Cooper Center’s collection at Science in the Park at the Irvine Regional Park on April 29!
While at Science in the Park, you might also enjoy taking a train ride on the Irvine Park Railroad.
The Irvine Regional Park is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 92869. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
To learn more about Science in the Park, visit ocpark.com.
Happy Field Tripping!