Chartered in 1986 as Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, the Discovery Center provides hands-on education opportunities for the community. An extensive grassroots campaign orchestrated by young parents led to purchasing a building and creating exhibits and programs. During its first year of operation, over 11,000 visitors came to experience the museum’s exhibits and programs. Now, 27 years after its inception, the Discovery Center serves as a vibrant community and tourism center with over 120,000 children and families exploring the exhibits each year.
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on museum and nature center that inspires exploration, enhances learning, and builds confidence through diverse programs and exhibits.
Our annual objectives are to:
- Provide daily, high quality, unique programs and exhibits in arts, culture, science, health and the environment.
- Insure availability to entire community through free days, free memberships, passes.
- Remain open to the public year-round, seven days a week.
- Provide a rewarding environment for teens and adults to volunteer in their community.
Lara Daniel, President
Paula Mansfield, Treasurer
Kalpana Gowda, VP Community Outreach
David Scott, VP Finance, Operations, and Administration
Anthony Togrye, VP Exhibits, Programs, and Outreach
Mandi Hogan, Secretary
Bill Richmond, Parliamentarian
Justin Hutchens, Past President
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Betsy Maples Taylor
Tara MacDougall, Chief Executive Officer
Veronica (King) Bosnak, Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations
Erica Bettross, Visitor Services Specialist
Rachel Bicker, Education Specialist
Caitlyn Brown, Programs Coordinator & Executive Assistant
Shelly Denton, On-site Education Coordinator & Animal Specialist
Cody Elder, Museum Custodian
Anna Farmer, Visitor Services Specialist
Maggie Flanagin, Weekend Supervisor
Angela Hallmark, Gift Shop Manager & Art Program Coordinator
Meredith Hilleary, Director of Advancement and SPARK!
Gloria Lame, Visitor Services Coordinator
Wesley McClain, Visitor Services Specialist
Courtney Morgan, Mobile Education Coordinator
Jennifer Neal, Grants & Communications Director
Jessica Osborne, Visitor Services Specialist
Micki Parsley, Education Specialist
Kelsi Pepper, Weekend Supervisor
Emily Polny, Visitor Services Specialist
Summer Poteet, Visitor Services Specialist
Jack Rogers, Exhibit Technician
Pam Sykes, Exhibits Assistant
Amy Stickel, Scheduling Coordinator & Marketing/PR Assistant
Eric Talbot, Exhibits and Building Maintenance Coordinator
Abbey Wilkerson, Visitor Services Specialist
Katie Woodward, Visitor Services & Community Outreach Coordinator
Students, ages 9 to 18, are volunteering their time to help us plan for the future!
Youth Council Mission Statement
We are a research and advisory board composed of students dedicated to the improvement and development of the Discovery Center with innovative ideas geared towards exploration and education of all age groups with a fun, entertaining, hands-on experience for the betterment of the community.
To learn more visit the Youth Council home page.
Discovery Center is a fun place to work, learn, and play!
If you would like to be considered for future openings, please download our employment application and submit it by:
- Fax: 615-849-9573
Attn: Human Resources
502 SE Broad Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130