The Exploration Center currently features five major exhibits within the 3,200 square-foot gallery space and a separate 800 square-foot Learning Lab suitable for class field trip experiments, speakers, demonstrations, workshops and other group activities. The current exhibits are made up of permanent displays designed so that they can be refreshed to include new content. The gallery area also provides space for rotating temporary displays.
The first thing visitors see on entering the gallery space is a three-foot diameter revolving globe, featuring inside projection that allows staff to run nine different visual programs. Visitors begin their tours with a six-minute video displayed through the globe on the problem of climate change, what it means to Roseville, city efforts to lessen resource depletion, and how individual actions can bring about change. Globe projections allow eight other modules to run, including a depiction of ice cap melting, the planet's carbon generation hot spots, quakes and plates, 200 years of volcanoes, draining of the oceans, climate change, the conveyor belt current and the earth without clouds.
This mountain of trash is a kid-favorite feature that explores how today's convenient lifestyle has led to increasing waste, which is quickly filling up landfills, often with toxic and non-biodegradable items. The interactive display lets visitors open clever portals to uncover interesting facts about our waste stream and explore recycling opportunities. Children love the crawl-through tunnel, while most adults enjoy a walking exploration.The Green House
Under a green house framework, this exhibit features interesting facts about common household items and activities that contribute to climate change, along with alternative actions that can undo harmful impacts. Among the Green House features is a self-guided electronic quiz that allows visitors to test their knowledge on carbon generation and to how they stack up on the subject. Visitors can also use their own power to light an incandescent and compact fluorescent bulb and make a hair blow dryer work.
The Mini-City Model offers a virtual representation of Roseville that helps demonstrate how the city's utilities deliver service and what they are doing to address the challenges of limited resources and carbon generation. An interactive game show pits two teams of three against one another to see who can answer interesting questions about utility operations, sustainability efforts, and customer's opportunities to use fewer resources.
Grocery Store Mock-Up
The wall display shows a grocery store aisle to help visitors understand how their buying habits impact the environment. Designed to get people thinking, the display looks at product transportation costs, packaging and other hidden issues that contribute to waste and carbon generation.