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Science Chats: Something in the Water

Tap water is regulated and tested for your safety!  Riverside’s water is tested by devoted scientists who make sure that your water is free of harmful bacteria.  This past Science Chats we welcomed Janie Bernal, a local scientist who tests…

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Sister City Visit

Every year students from Riverside’s first Sister City, Sendai, Japan come for a visit!  This year the students did something different from previous years during their trip to Riverside.  Hosted by RUSD’s STEM Academy, Sendai students took a walking tour…

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Second Saturdays: Flower Lab!

This past Second Saturdays we dug deep and looked into flowers!  Visitors were welcome to examine flower parts under microscopes, see bisected flowers, and learn the answers to questions about flower color, scent, and shape! After learning about flowers, visitors…

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Science Chats: Riverside Coyotes

We had our second Science Chat on Friday February 17 at the center!  This time we were joined by the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center for an informative night all about the Riverside Coyotes. Many residents have concerns over the…

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Second Saturdays: Do That Birdie Boogie

This Second Saturdays we got down with our bird selves and danced like birds!  Birds don’t just sing- they dance too!  Bird courtship displays can be simple or very complicated.  But either way, they certainly know their way around the…

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Volunteers to the rescue!

On Saturday February 4 the students of Val Verde High School came by the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park to volunteer their time!  The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is a wonderful resource that we have within the Riverside City limits that…

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Science Chats: Zika! Everything you wanted to know (but were too afraid to ask).

This past Friday we hosted our first Science Chat guest of the year, Bill Van Dyke, the Public Information and Technology Officer from the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District.  Bill and other district employees dedicate their energies to educating…

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What’s Bugging California?

The Ameal Moore Nature Center loves partnering with outside organizations!  This past weekend we teamed up with UC Riverside’s Director of Invasive Species Research, Dr. Mark Hoddle! An invasive species is a plant, animal, or fungus that is introduced to…

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Second Saturdays: Skunks!

This past Second Saturdays we talked about our smelly friends skunks!  Though they have a stinky reputation, skunks are fascinating creatures and important parts of our ecosystem!  Visitors learned about skunk diets, coloration, and of course, defense mechanisms! By the…

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Second Saturdays: Pinecones!

This past Second Saturdays the nature center got twiggy with it as we celebrated pinecones!  Pinecones are fun centerpieces that we all love to have during the winter season, but they’re also an important part of conifer reproduction!  Visitors to…

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