A diverse, experienced, and dedicated team of staff and volunteers, led by an active Board, work together to bring our visitors, community and area schools a wealth of opportunities for hands-on science learning and family fun.

Director & Staff

Our staff, combined, have over 75 years of experience introducing children, their parents and teachers to nature and science in ways that captivate the imagination, stimulate curiosity, and develop understanding.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Ben Cowan – President
  • Chris Copeland – Vice President
  • Brenda Cauthen – Treasurer
  • Spencer Curry – Secretary
  • Lisa Derenthal – Past President

Members at Large

  • Mara Andersen
  • Peter Cook
  • Blayne Gunderman
  • Jayne Johnston
  • Clay Lilienstern
  • Jennifer Nelsen
  • Bill Whitlock
  • Craig Wooten
  • Junior League Member – Kristen Buck
  • Rice MBA Member – Meredith Jeffrey

Advisory Council

  • Cecilia Alatriz
  • Dr. Robert & Jamie Allen
  • Kathleen Ballanfant
  • Kristin Berry
  • Jane Dembski
  • Marybeth Flaherty
  • Dr. Johnnie & Winfred Frazier
  • Tom & Brenda Koch
  • R. W. McKinney
  • W. Ed Michna, Jr.
  • Janie Mitcham
  • Sumita Prasad
  • Martin Reiner
  • Cindy Siegel
  • Elizabeth Blanton Wareing

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