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– Check out all that’s planned this month with our July Newsletter 2024

    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.
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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
    Director of Operations & 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@GBdiscoverycenter.org

    Miss Laura
    Assistant Executive Director
    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@GBdiscoverycenter.org 

    Bryce Kortge
    Facilities Manager/Sponsorship Coordinator
    Mr. Bryce can be found in our playrooms most weekends. Need an expert engineer or play mate? Mr. Bryce is your guy! Need to Reach him? Email Bryce at bryce@GBdiscoverycenter.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!

    Jolie Crockett
    Marketing Coordinator and Programs Secretary
    Miss Jolie runs our marketing, community outreach, and special events. Need to contact her? Send her an email at programs@GBdiscoverycenter.org