About Us

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Board of Directors


Lara Daniel, PresidentIMG_3089
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


Gary Anderson
Amelia Bozeman
Amy Frey
Allen Howell
Tiffani Hutchens
Brian Kidd
Jennifer Shain
Chantho Sourinho
Melinda Tate
Betsy Maples Taylor
Shawn Williams
Bill Wright


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


Youth Council

For more information and application, click here.

Students, ages 9 to 18, are volunteering their time to help us plan for the future!


Youth Council Mission Statement

We are a research group of students, ages 10-16,  dedicated to the improvement of the Discovery Center through innovative ideas to attract all age groups with a fun, entertaining, hands-on experience.

About Youth Council

The Discovery Center Youth Council is a youth advisory board established to survey the opinions of older children in regards to the current exhibit layout of the Discovery Center museum.

Our goal is to gather data from kids in 4th-12th grade. The information is aggregated and an end of the year assessment is presented to the Discovery Center Board of Directors. The Youth Council does not set policies, but does offers recommendations based on findings. The Youth Council anticipates using the 2013 data for future expansion of the Discovery Center to engage an older age group.

Council members will be introduced to practical business skill sets and practices throughout their services.



Employment Opportunities

Discovery Center is a fun place to work, learn, and play!

  • Seasonal Employment Opportunities!

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is seeking reliable, upbeat and positive individuals as summer day camp counselors working with children in grades K – 6. Counselors are responsible for facilitating age-appropriate activities and crafts as well as assisting Discovery Center education staff with programming focused on nature, animals, science and design.

Learn more here or call 615-890-2300 ext. 237

If you would like to be considered for future openings, please download our employment application and submit it by:

  • Fax: 615-849-9573
  • Mail:
    Discovery Center
    Attn: Human Resources
    502 SE Broad Street
    Murfreesboro, TN  37130