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.

2021 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Kristen Buck – President
  • Alieen McCormick – Vice President
  • Jayne Johnston – Treasurer
  • Spencer Curry – Secretary

    Members at Large

    • David Black
    • Peter Cook
    • Cin-Ty Lee
    • Alexi Poulos
    • Candace Tenbrink
    • Valerie Tompson
    • Caroline Quenemoen
    • Junior League Member – Carmen Millet
    • Rice MBA Member – Gaurav Nayak

    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

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