Temporary Closure 

PDSC is truly a community science center. We are a small non-profit comprised of 4 staff members, a dedicated board of directors, supremely generous donors and volunteers and over 300 members throughout the region. Last year, we had over 7,000 people come through our doors. Our center is on the north end of Pullman and features 2 hands-on exploration halls, an art area, nature loop, celebration room and gift shop. Everything is designed to promote engagement, curiosity and excitement about science and learning.

We believe everyone should have equal access to discovery, truth and play –especially in challenging situations.  We are committed to continuing to provide services to children, families and educators during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. PDSC staff are STAYING HOME and STAYING CONNECTED. We continue to assess community impact and needs and are working together to re-engineer our programs and activities to fill gaps and enrich services. We welcome feedback, suggestions and connections as we navigate.


How you can support PDSC

Like so many other small businesses and non-profits, PDSC operates on a limited budget with very little resources built in for “rainy days”. We rely on memberships, admission sales and donations to keep us afloat.

  1. Please consider making a financial gift. One time and recurring donations can be made securely online. Or contact director@palousescience.org to learn about contributing to our endowment.

  2. Renew or purchase a membership today. Your support will help us reopen our doors sooner. Currently, all annual memberships are 25% off! Renew now at the discounted rate. All memberships will be extended the length of our closure.

  3. Follow, Like and Share PDSC on social media- Instagram: @palousescience, Facebook: @palousediscovery

  4. Leave a 5-star review of PDSC on Facebook or Google. Your support will help others find us!

  5. Advocate for museums and science centers to be included in economic recovery initiatives. We will share resources as they emerge, please also share any resources you think might be beneficial to PDSC.


What happens to scheduled programs and events?
All scheduled programs and events will be cancelled until further notice. Please check our website and follow us on social media for updates and announcements.

I have a birthday party booked during the closure, what now?
If you would like to cancel a scheduled birthday party, you may do so with no penalty at this time. Please contact frontdesk@palousescience.org to confirm and discuss options for rescheduling. 

We have a field trip booked this spring, what should we do?
Field trips can be cancelled at any time, with no penalty.  PDSC will contact all groups with bookings in March and April to discuss cancellations, contingency plans and rescheduling field trips. Please contact facilities@palousescience.org if you have immediate questions. 

How does this affect my annual membership?
PDSC will extend all memberships by the amount of time that we are closed.

Has there been a case of COVID-19 at PDSC?
There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at PDSC, including guests, employees, volunteers and vendors.


When will PDSC reopen?
We will continue to explore options and rely on guidance from public officials as we make decisions about reopening or other operational adjustments.


Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

•    Washington State Department of Health [doh.wa.gov]
•    The World Health Organization [who.int]
•    US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [cdc.gov]


What preventative measures is PDSC taking?
The health and well-being of our guests, staff, and volunteers is one of our top priorities: PDSC has a very high standard of cleanliness and encourages everyone to educate themselves about COVID-19. Learning more about COVID-19 is the best way to equip yourself with the science and facts related to this disease. 
PDSC’s trusted sources include the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health and Whitman County Public Health.

While staff already adhere to high standards of cleanliness, we are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of germs and illness. We have:

  • Increased cleaning and sanitation throughout the day

  • Initiated a new cleaning checklist to document procedures 

  • Hung more hand washing signage in staff and visitor spaces

  • Increased the number of hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, waste baskets and tissue available to visitors

  • Removed many of the hard-to-clean items from the exhibit floor

What can I do to help prevent the spread of disease including the common cold, flu and COVID-19?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [cdc.gov] recommendations include the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer composed of at least 60% alcohol. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid shaking hands, if possible. People will understand and no one will take offense.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:

  • People 60 and older

  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes

  • People who have weakened immune systems

  • People who are pregnant

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Pullman, WA 99163

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