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.

2019 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Jennifer Nelsen – President
  • Clay Lilienstern – Vice President
  • Brenda Cauthen – Treasurer
  • Spencer Curry – Secretary
  • Lisa Derenthal – Past President

Members at Large

  • Kristen Buck
  • Peter Cook
  • Meredith Jeffrey
  • Jayne Johnston
  • Valerie Tompson
  • Craig Wooten
  • Junior League Member – Margaret Brown
  • Rice MBA Member – Paula Wagner

Advisory Council

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

Our 2018 Supporters

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