Welcome to the
Exploration Discovery Center

“Our Vision is that the Exploration Discovery Center will inspire the youth of the central coast to discover, explore and dream.”

– Debra Ugalde, Founding Board Member

The Children’s Discovery Center of the Central Coast has merged our organization with the former Exploration Station becoming the Exploration Discovery Center, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Since the original Exploration Station closed in 2016, our campus has been revamped with new exhibits and exciting activities. We are a non-profit children’s education and play space with an emphasis on sustainability. We have a campus that accommodates …

Looking to Volunteer?
Need community service hours? Eager to volunteer for a non-profit? Love working with kids? We've got just the opportunity for you! The Exploration Discovery Center is always looking for new volunteers to run around and play with our kiddos. Gives us a call, shoot us an email, or stop by our office for an application!
Discover, Explore, Dream

The Exploration Discovery Center is a place where youth can come to have fun while they explore and participate in a variety of art, culture, history, exhibits that are only limited by the imagination. Come join us!

Multicultural Projects

Bringing to life cultures from around the world, youth will learn about history, artifacts, geography and more.

Field Trips

We have the perfect campus for field trips accommodating grades K-4. We offer cultural & historical rotating exhibits, a school-age learning lab, aquaponic gardening, and more!

Arts & Crafts

We have a new Arts & Crafts room where memories will be created through creative, fun, and engaging art mediums. Projects rotate in and out biweekly.

Science Experiments

Ready to participate in hands-on scientific experiments? Come for interactive fun and educational science exhibitions in our school-age learning lab.

Interactive Exhibits

Kids will enjoy physical activity, fun, and adventure, in our treehouses, water activity center, and life-sized Mesoamerican Pyramid!

Birthday Parties

We have a special Art/Birthday room ready to host birthday parties of 10 children or more with access to the whole Discovery Center.
Latest News
11.24.2021

Happy Thanksgiving From EDC

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Here at the Center, we have plenty to be thankful for. Thank you to all our

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11.15.2021

Give the Gift of Play This Holiday Season!

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Give a gift the entire family will enjoy this season! The EDC gift membership

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11.10.2021

$6,000 Raised at Urbane Cafe

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We are reminded each and every day of the amazing lengths our community will go

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11.9.2021

Holiday Hours

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As we approach this upcoming Holiday season, we are aiming to be as available

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Meet Our Team

Our board of directors and staff take great pride in serving the local community and all of the visitors to the Exploration Discovery Center. They collectively understand that the joy that we create at the Center for the children, creates positive energy for everyone, and those good feelings will radiate throughout the local community.

Debra Ugalde
Chief Explorer & Imagination Extraordinaire
Ms. Debby, our creative director, can be found on our campus most days tending to our animals or setting up crafts. Have any questions about our aspirations and history? She can help you out! deb@explorationstation.org

Miss Laura
Executive Secretary
Miss Laura can be found in our office on weekdays. Have a question about memberships, daily admission, or anything office-related? Shoot her an email at exec@explorationstation.org 

Jolie Crockett
Marketing & Programs Secretary
Miss Jolie can be found in our playrooms and office most weekdays and weekends. Have a question about our marketing, website, or special events? Send her an email at programs@explorationstation.org

Karen Hall
Youth Director
Looking for a specific toy or someone to play with? Look no further! Ms. Karen can be found in our playrooms on weekdays!

info@explorationstation.org

Miss Joseline
Youth Intern
Miss Joseline is the ultimate play partner and our very best tour guide. If you’re looking for a partner to facepaint, plant flowers, or play cars with… she’s your gal!