Our Mission

Discover the Past, Explore the Present, and Promote a Sustainable Future.

The tripartite mission of the Western Science Center is to:

  • advance knowledge of the region’s natural history and cultural heritage, with an emphasis on the importance of water to life in the context of environmental change over time;

  • convey to students and the general public an appreciation of science and mathematics as essential for understanding the natural world, human cultures, and how the two interact; and

  • play a leading role in meeting the challenge to build a sustainable future for people and their environments in California and beyond.


Our History

Founded in 2006, the Western Science Center is committed to researching and sharing the natural world, from the Inland Empire and beyond.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California began excavating the manmade resevoir that would become known as Diamond Valley Lake in the early 1990s. At the time, it was the largest earthworks project in North America.