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, 30 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.
Engaging Curious Minds to Fuel the Future.
Our vision is to build a community with the courage to ask thoughtful questions, the drive to find creative solutions, and the confidence to implement positive changes.
Community Impact Report
|Kalpana Gowda||Past President|
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Elisabeth Harper Rood
Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations
Vice President of Audience & Community Engagement
Vice President of Philanthropy
Director of Grants and Membership Development
Director of Exhibits and Facilities
Public Programs Coordinator
Animal & Out-of-School Program Coordinator
Daniel Bice – Visitor Services Specialist
Rachel Bicker – Program Specialist
Tyler Brennan – Visitor Services Specialist
Brooke Fitzwater – Visitor Services Specialist
Austen Fugate – Front Desk Specialist
Kalab Fulton – Educator
Ella Harrington – Front Desk Specialist
Dirk Heusinkveld – Animal Care Specialist
Ashlee Holtzclaw – Front Desk Specialist
Kendall Jobe – Playologist & SPARK! Assistant
Rachel Kimbrough – Visitor Services Specialist
Parker Lampley – Visitor Services Specialist
Vicki Lewis – Front Desk Specialist
Ryan Marshall – Visitor Services Specialist
Micki Parsley – Program Specialist
Susan Perez – Front Desk Specialist
Connor Pierce – Visitor Services Specialist
Kristyn Sellars – Floor/Weekend Supervisor
Lainey Stewart – Visitor Services Specialist
Ashley Swoape – Visitor Services Specialist & Weekend Supervisor
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.
Want a fun and rewarding job? Look no further than the Discovery Center! View our available positions below.
Exhibits & Events Assistant
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Send resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor Services Specialist
To view the job description click here» VSS
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