If you were just old enough to enjoy coloring with crayons — and some of us are never too old — when you took a ride to the Madera County Discovery Center, a coloring opportunity would have been a part of your adventure. In addition, young visitors find a sand box by the lab where they can sift through with eager fingers to reveal small models of long ago creatures.
We sometimes had a problem in our small guests not wishing to return their finds to the sand box, until we told them they could hide, in the sand, the creatures for the next digger to find. That did it. The curiosity of the young is marvelous and we should hope never to lose it.
For each of the animals featured on the coloring sheets, the back of the sheet contains information regarding when it lived, size, characteristics, eating habits and other pertinent information for the student. Those of you who are artistic will be pleased to know that just coloring between the lines is not encouraged.
Other than the field trips where students are divided into small groups with a guide who informs and answers myriad questions while making sure each participant is engaged, older guests are treated to a guided tour or may examine the exhibits on their own, utilizing the informational videos supplied with each model at their leisure. These monitors constantly change, providing information about the specimen so one can spend more time at specimens of special interest. Taking pictures is invited...