The Discovery Center is an exciting, 4,200 square-foot learning center designed for the Museum's youngest visitors (children ages birth to 8 years) and their grown-ups. Our exhibits allow children to explore a variety of real objects and age-appropriate tools, all set in immersive fantasy environments that encourage learning through play. Children and their caregivers are engaged in activities, experiments and conversations in order to experience the reward of discovering on their own, as they explore topics including: Biology, Geology, Physical Sciences, Engineering Design and the "process of science" more generally. The Discovery Center's Living Laboratory program brings cognitive scientists from local university and hospital labs onto the exhibit floor to converse with adult caregivers about the scientific study of how children learn, and invite families to participate in active research studies. Volunteer and staff interpreters play a crucial role in facilitating visitors' experiences, helping children develop their emerging science and engineering skills, and helping adult caregivers better understand the science of child development.
We ask that you give us one 3.5-hour shift per week for at least four to six months - shifts choices include:
Volunteer positions are available seven days a week.
Additionally, attendance at the New Volunteer Orientation session is required as well as continuous participation in on-shift training and daily briefing sessions.
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