Activities And Expeditions

Learning Expeditions

Adventures in Adobe

Discover the history of adobe brick making and the significance of the adobe brick to California Missions. This expedition delves into the importance of adobe and a local water supply as essential natural resources to the earliest California inhabitants and settlers. Enjoy this hands-on and “feet-on” activity by making your very own adobe brick.

Cost – $9.00 per person.  

Meets CA History Social Science Standards – HSS K6.3; 1.4.3; 1.5.2; 3.2; 4.2.1; 4.2.3; 4.2.4;4.2.5

California Rockhound

This expedition offers an excellent opportunity for Explorers to become familiar with the rock cycle. Covered topics included rock formation from magma (igneous rocks), water and wind erosion (sedimentary rocks), and heat and pressure (metamorphic rocks). Also included is a discussion about the importance of rocks and minerals as a natural resource. Each Explorer receives a set of eight rocks and eight minerals to take home.  

Cost – $12.50 per person.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 2ESS1.C; 2ESS2.A; 2ESS2.C; 4ESS1.C; 4ESS2.A; 4ESS3.A; 4ESS3.B; 7ESS3.A

Dinosaur Dig

Our Dinosaur Dig site is fun for budding paleontologists of all ages!  This Expedition introduces Explorers to the world of paleontology through a hands-on dig experience.  Explorers take a walking tour of our dinosaur sculptures, and then help unearth an Allosaurus fossil, replicating an actual dig.  

Cost – $10.00 per person. 

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 3LS4.A; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C

Fossils Through Time

Discover facts about fossils and the geological timeline. 

Explorers examine fossils close up and take home a fossil of their own. 

Cost – $12.50 per person.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 3LS4.A; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C; MS8ESS1.C; MS8LS4.A   

Geology of California

The geology of California is one of the most diverse in the United States.  Explorers discover the geological processes, including volcanic eruptions, water and wind erosion, and plate tectonics, that have shaped our great state.  Each Explorer receives a collection of rocks, minerals and fossils indigenous of California.  

Cost – $12.00 per person.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 2ESS1.C; 2ESS2.A; 2ESS2.C; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C; 4ESS2.A; 5ESS2.A;MS8ESS1.C; MS7ESS2.C 

Gold Fever!

Explorers discover facts about the California Gold Rush while panning for real gold!  During the early days of the Gold Rush, miners wanted one thing – GOLD!  The discovery of gold changed the course of California’s history and economy.  During this expedition, Explorers will discover the important roll California’s water supply played in the success of the early miners.  Also, Explorers will learn about the important roll women played in shaping the State of California.  Explorers keep the gold and other minerals they find.

Cost – $12.50 per person.

Meets CA History Social Science Standards – HSS 4.3.3; 4.3.4; 4.4.2              

Early Man Archaeology Dig

Our Early Man Archaeological Dig site introduces students to the scientific method of archaeology while learning about life during the Paleolithic era (Early Stone Age).  Students will use tools of the trade to unearth “artifacts” that may have been used by ancient civilizations.  Student archaeologists will record their findings in their field notes which they will share with fellow archaeologists at the conclusion of the program.  Students will conclude the program by making a shark tooth necklace to take home.

Cost – $10.00 per person.

Meets CA History Social Science Standards – HSS 1.5.2; 6.1 1-3

Pictograph

This expedition offers a peek into the life of early Native Americans.  Hear Native American legends; and learn to communicate through pictographs using minerals to make your own paint.  Create and tell your own story using pictographs.  

Cost – $10.00 per person

Meets CA History Social Science and Visual Arts Standards –HSS 1.4.3; 3.2.2; 5.1.2; VAPA.VA.1.2.1; 2.2.1

Rock Collecting at the Dinosaurs

This expedition is an introduction to rocks, minerals and fossils that fits into the NGSS of most grade levels.  Begin your expedition in our rock corral with a short presentation about the ways rocks can form and the importance of rocks and minerals as a natural resource.  Explorers also meet some fossils up close.  At the end of the presentation, Explorers take a short hike up to Dinosaur Mesa learning about a variety of dinosaurs along the way.   Once Explorers reach Dino Mesa, each person is given an egg carton to collect twelve rock, mineral or fossil specimens to take home.  

Cost – $9.00 per person.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – KESS3.A; 1PS4.B; 2ESS1.C; 2ESS2.A; 2ESS2.C; 3LS4.A; 4ESS1.C; MS7ESS2.C; MS7ESS3.A

Questions and answers

Please review the following Learning Expedition Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions regarding your upcoming visit, please call our office at (951) 685-5818 during regular business hours: Tues. – Sat. 8:00 – 5:00 and Sundays 12:00 – 5:00.

Learning Expedition reservations can be made by calling our office during regular business hours and speaking to one of our helpful staff. While we will try to accommodate your first choice for a learning expedition date, please have one or two alternative dates in mind. Once your learning expedition has been booked, you will receive via email an information page confirming your learning expedition, an invoice for the administration fee and a quote for your field trip expedition. Once you have received this email, your learning expedition is confirmed and must be cancelled in writing via email to director@jmdc.org.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center will make every effort to accommodate any changes to your reservations. All changes must be made in writing via email to director@jmdc.org. Any cancellations must be made via email to director@jmdc.org. Cancellations must be made at least four weeks prior to the scheduled date of the learning expedition. Learning Expeditions cancelled due to weather can be rescheduled at no additional cost to the school. Any “no-shows” or schools that fail to cancel within four weeks prior to the scheduled learning expedition will be billed for the full quoted amount of the reservation.

All payments can be made with cash, credit or debit card, or purchase orders. Checks are accepted from teachers, schools and school organizations such as PTA, PTSA or Booster groups.

A $20.00 non-refundable administration fee is required prior to the date of your learning expedition. Payment in full is due on the date of the learning expedition, or Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center will be happy to accept a purchase order from your school or district on the day of your learning expedition.

We understand that teachers making a learning expedition reservation may only have an estimated number of Explorers. We expect numbers to vary somewhat. If your numbers are significantly (10%) more or less than originally estimated, Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center must be notified via email (director@jmdc.org) at least two weeks prior to the date of the field trip. This will help with correct staffing.

Always check the weather before your scheduled learning expedition to Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center. Most of our learning expeditions are outdoors so explorers should dress accordingly. Closed toed shoes are recommended. Explorers should also bring plenty of water.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Staff strives to make your learning expedition a memorable and enjoyable experience for all involved. To help achieve this goal, we ask that you arrive approximately fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled learning expedition time. Buses can park by the steps in front of the office/gift shop in the designated bus area to unload. Once the buses are unloaded, they should park in the lower parking lot. Explorers exit the bus and relax on the benches (use restroom, etc) until the learning expedition begins. Schools should designate one teacher to check in for the learning expedition. Please have an accurate count of students, chaperones and staff.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center understands that sometimes circumstances beyond your control may cause you to arrive late for your learning expedition. When this happens, we will try to accommodate your late arrival. However, if another school is booked on the same day, tours may need to be altered if a school arrives late. Remember – your learning expedition trip has an arrival time and a start time. To ensure the best possible experience for your students please be ready to start your learning expedition at the scheduled time.

This number will be based upon state and CDC guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center does not limit the number of chaperones attending a learning expedition. We leave that decision to the school/teachers. Adult chaperones pay the same amount as students for any learning expedition.

No we do not offer food service, and recommend explorers bring a sack lunch and water. We do sell snacks (chips and cookies) in the gift shop, but we do not have vending machines or any other type of food service. There are some fast food restaurants a short driving distance from Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center.

COME EXPLORE THE PAST AT JMDC

Family Learning Expeditions

Join a Learning Expedition into the past with a JMDC Guide.  Families of Explorers or Solo Explorers will have fun while discovering about Rocks, Minerals and how Fossils are formed.  You will then move into the reserved part of property to continue looking at more Dinosaurs sculptures and end by making a personal collection of twelve rocks, mineral or fossils.  Come out and explore the past with JMDC.

Cost is $9.00 per person, children under two years of age are no charge.

Celebrate your birthday at JMDC

Celebrate your birthday at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center and make memories that will last a life time!  With many Birthday Expeditions to choose from, you are guaranteed a memorable experience for all.  Each Birthday Expedition package includes a fun-filled hands-on activity (and it’s educational) for up to 10 youth Explorers, three-hour access to a birthday party venue (plus one hour for set-up and one hour for clean-up), a surprise bag for each youth Explorer, and a special gift for the birthday Explorer.  We also offer a variety of package add-ons.  Call for times and availability.

Birthday

Package #1
Party with the Dinosaurs

Birthday

Package #2
Diggin’ the Dinosaurs

Birthday

Package #3
Strike it Rich!
Gold Panning

Birthday

Package #4
Storytelling with Pictographs

Birthday

Package #5
Paint a Dinosaur

Birthday

Package #6
Adventures in Adobe

Birthday

Package #7
Fossils Through Time

Birthday

Package #8
The Roswell Archaeology Experience

Birthday

Package #9
Create Your Own Birthday Party Experience

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center

951.685.5818

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Package #1 – Party with the Dinosaurs

The perfect party for the Rockhounder in your life. Through hands-on participation, Explorers learn identifying factors for some of the rocks and minerals we use every day.  A walk through the gardens follow, with stops along the way at the JMDC dinosaurs.  Your party Expedition Leader will share interesting dinosaur facts.  Once your group reaches Dino Mesa, Birthday Explorers are set loose in our collection area where twelve treasures of their choice can be added to an egg carton to take home.

JMDC Family Membership – $120.00 for 10 children and 30 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $180.00 for up to 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #2 – Diggin’ the Dinosaurs

A party for the future paleontologist or dinosaur enthusiast.  Party Explorers will hike through the gardens where they will learn about the dinosaurs from their knowledgeable Expedition Leader.  Upon arrival at the dig site, Explorers will learn the proper technique for excavating a fossil, and then try their hand at uncovering a mock Allosaurus skeleton.

JMDC Family Membership – $120.00 for 10 children and 30 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $180.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #3 – Strike it Rich! Gold Panning

Return to the days of early California with this wild west birthday adventure.  Participants will travel back to the Gold Rush Days of California.  Hear stories about the gold rush, learn panning techniques, then strike out to find some gold.  Keep the gems and minerals you discover.

JMDC Family Membership – $150.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $13.50 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Cost (Non-Members)- $210.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $13.50 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #4 – Storytelling with Pictographs

A party experience for creative folks of any age.  Party Explorers will experience the art of storytelling using pictures rather than words.  They will grind minerals into paint and, after a little practice, paint their story on wooden shingle using a yucca brush.

JMDC Family Membership – $130.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $11.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $190.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $11.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #5 – Paint a Dinosaur

This art oriented party is an excellent choice for children and adults alike.  Explorers can choose from a variety of premade dinosaur (or another ceramic figure) to paint, limited only by the imagination.  Our professional ceramics instructor will be there to offer tips and teach new painting techniques.  Each Party Explorer will take home a hand crafted work of art.  This package includes ceramic figure, paint and brushes.

JMDC Family Membership – $150.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $15.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $210.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $15.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

 

Package #6 – Adventures in Adobe

Who doesn’t like to play in the mud?  An Adventures in Adobe party is the perfect combination of education and fun.  Party Explorers will hear stories about life during the Mission period in California.  Then be prepared to get dirty.  Party Explorers will take off their shoes, roll up their pants legs, and stomp in the adobe mud until it is perfect brick consistency.  Everyone makes a brick to take home.

JMDC Family Membership – $120.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $180.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #7 – Fossils Through Time

This party is designed for the celebrant who loves fossils.  Your party leader will take Explorers through the fossil time line.  Explorers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with all types of fossils.  Conclude the fossil experience by polishing an ammonite to take home.

JMDC Family Membership – $150.00 for 10 children and 30 adults.  $13.50 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Cost (Non-Members) – $210.00 for up to 10 children and 25 adults.  $13.50 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Package #8 – The Roswell Archaeology Experience

This is archaeology at a new level.  Excavate fossils and artifacts that may have been left by visitors from other planets.  You never know what you may find when exploring at JMDC. 

JMDC Family Membership – $120.00 for 10 children and 30 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$3.00 for each additional adult. 

Non-Members – $180.00 for 10 children and 25 adults.  $10.00 for each additional child/$5.00 for each additional adult. 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

 

Package #9 – Create Your Own Birthday Party Experience

JMDC Staff will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind birthday experience.  Bring your big ideas and we’ll see what we can do!  

JMDC Family Membership – Price is quoted based on your imagination. 

Looking to make your party even more special? 

Choose from our many available add-ons. 

Upgrade to deluxe surprise bags – $2.00 per bag 

Dippin’ Dots – $3.50 per person 

Paint a ceramic dinosaur – $7.00 per person 

Meet the Critters – $2.00 per person 

Add a second package – Save 30% on the lesser priced package 

Want more time for your party – Add an extra hour in the birthday area – $35.00 per hour 

Three Toed Box Turtle

Baby is one of our original Critter Corner Ambassadors.  She has visited with hundreds of school children during the years she has called JMDC home.  Baby came to us as a donation from a family that was no longer able to keep her.  Baby is very friendly and looks forward to her daily tasty worm snack.

The three-toed box turtle is native to south-central United States, from Missouri and Oklahoma south to Alabama and west into Texas. This turtle needs to live near water and prefers a combination of wooded and grassy habitat.  Populations of all 6 subspecies of Terrapene carolina, including the three-toed box turtle, are in decline. The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, the world’s leading conservation organization. The main causes of decline are habitat destruction.

If you sponsor Baby, your donation will help pay for her food and care.

Just $5.00 per month or $60.00 per year will contribute to Baby’s food and upkeep.

Dinosaur Dig

Our Dinosaur Dig site is fun for budding paleontologists of all ages! This Expedition introduces Explorers to the world of paleontology through a hands-on dig experience.  Explorers take a walking tour of our dinosaur sculptures, and then help unearth an Allosaurus fossil, replicating an actual dig.  

Cost – $10.00 per person. 

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 3LS4.A; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C;

Fossils through Time

Discover facts about fossils and the geological timeline. 

Explorers examine fossils close up and take home a fossil of their own. 

Cost – $12.50 per person.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 3LS4.A; 3LS4.C; 4ESS1.C; MS8ESS1.C; MS8LS4.A   

 

Panther Chameleon

Rango has been part of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Critter family for the past year.  His vibrant colors and his tong like feet which allow him to grip tight to narrow branches make him a favorite with Critter Corner visitors.

Panther Chameleons are native to Madagascar.  They live in tropical forests and bushes. Panther chameleons have very long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of rapidly extending out of the mouth.   At the tip of this elastic tongue, a muscular, club-like structure covered in thick mucus forms a suction cup. Once the tip sticks to a prey item, it is drawn quickly back into the chameleon’s mouth.

If you sponsor Rango, your donation will help to pay for his food and care.

Just $10.00 per month or $120.00 per year will contribute to Rango’s food and upkeep.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Enjoy people and interacting with others
  • Completed training and demonstrated comprehension of information and techniques
  • Have an interest in nature, or the willingness to learn
  • Have an open mind that is ready to learn and experience new things
  • Be willing to represent Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in a friendly and professional manner
  • Be able to communicate clearly and calmly
  • Be responsible, committed, punctual, flexible and neat in appearance
  • Have free time to devote to the position

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches can be found in tropical forests, near river banks, and around trees and logs. Their geographic range in limited to Madagascar.

In the wild, cockroaches consume various plant and animal matter. At Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, we feed them greens, fruits, and vegetables.

Cockroaches can live from 2 – 5 years.

If you sponsor me and my family, your donation will pay for my food and care.

Just $5.00 per month or $60.00 per year will feed a family of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches for one year.

Volunteer Application

Frilled lizard

Nigel is a hybrid ¾ New Guinea ¼ Australian Frilled Lizard; and the newest member of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Critter family.  As a yearling, Nigel is still small.  When he is full grown, he will be about 24” long.  Nigel is an insectivore.  We feed him a diet of super worms, cockroaches, and crickets. 

Frilled lizards have a unique mode of defense.  When they are frightened, opens its pink or yellow mouth, and stands up on two back legs. It then pops up the large piece of colorful thin, extra skin surrounding its neck, like an umbrella. 

If you sponsor Nigel, your donation will help pay for his food and care.

Just $10.00 per month or $100.00 per year will contribute to Nigel’s food and care.

Motley Marble Golden Child Reticulated Python

Toby, is nearly two years old, and has called Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center home for the past year.  During his time here, Toby has grown from a mere 5-foot yearling to nearly 7 feet long.  When he is full grown, he can reach anywhere from 12 – 14 feet in length.   

Reticulated pythons are native to South Asia and Southeast Asia.  In their natural habitat a reticulated python will eat birds and mammals.  At Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, Toby eats large rats.

If you sponsor Toby, your donation will help pay for his food and care. 

Just $20.00 per month or $240.00 per year will contribute to Toby’s food and upkeep.

Green Iguana

Zilla, our Green Iguana, came to live at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center over three years ago when the family with whom she was living could no longer care for her.  She is one of our original Critter Corner residents.  Zilla loves to have her head scratched, and one of her favorite treats is blueberries.

The green iguana is native to South America and some portions of central and North America where it typically lives high up in trees in the rainforest. The iguana is mostly an herbivore, meaning that it likes to eat plants including leaves and fruit.  An interesting feature of green iguanas is their third eye. This is an extra eye on top of their head called a parietal eye. This eye is not quite like a normal eye, but it can help iguanas detect the movement of a predator sneaking up on them from above.

If you sponsor Zilla, your donation will help pay for her food and care.

Just $20.00 per month or $240.00 per year will contribute to Zilla’s food and upkeep.

California Rockhound

This expedition offers an excellent opportunity for Explorers to become familiar with the rock cycle.  Covered topics included rock formation from magma (igneous rocks), water and wind erosion (sedimentary rocks), and heat and pressure (metamorphic rocks). Also included is a discussion about the importance of rocks and minerals as a natural resource. Each Explorer receives a set of eight rocks and eight minerals to take home. 

Cost – $12.50 per person.

Meets CA Next Generation Science Standards – 2ESS1.C; 2ESS2.A; 2ESS2.C; 4ESS1.C; 4ESS2.A; 4ESS3.A; 4ESS3.B; 7ESS3.A;