AURORA, Neb. (KSNB) – In the spring of 2019, the Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora missed an entire season of field trips and school visits due to the pandemic. However, this year the staff are eager to get in touch with students again.
On Monday, the employees filled their last field trip and at the same time finished their brochure for summer courses, which will include 40 courses on different topics.
“It’s really adorable. The staff are thrilled and it’s great to have people back at the center and do what we love to do to educate people about science, technology, engineering, art and math,” said Mary Molliconi, the Center’s Executive Director: “That’s what we’re here for.”
The center closed its doors from mid-March to mid-June 2019, giving staff the opportunity to renovate current exhibits, add exhibits, and add an entirely new room to the center’s lower level. Molliconi said in her nine years at the center she wasn’t sure if it ever looked as good as it does now or if it offered so much.
The summer course brochure will be published on April 1st on the centre’s website and Facebook page. On these pages, participants can find out which courses they would like to take.
Visitor numbers and revenue have increased since Christmas, and people seem eager to get back to the center and interact with the exhibits. Missing a full year of travel and classes would have been a financial success for the center had it not been for the support of the community during that time.
“Since we’re closed for so long, about 80 percent of our income comes from spring excursions and we couldn’t have any of them, so 80 percent of our annual income can replace something that’s hard to do. “
The center is currently fully occupied Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required.
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