Playing at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

About Us

Come to The Discovery Center and learn something amazing about the world and yourself. This remarkable 22,500 square foot space, with over 30 exhibits, was created for, with and by children. We understand that play is an essential part of learning and exploration of the world leads children to self-discovery. Children are free to touch, to laugh, to manipulate and to encounter in a happy and safe environment. The Discovery Center is for every young child and fascinates the child in everyone.

Ross Park Attractions

Located within Binghamton’s historic Ross Park, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and Ross Park Zoo have been family staples in Greater Binghamton for generations. 

As one of the oldest zoos in the US, the Ross Park Zoo has been dedicated to education, conservation, and community engagement for more than 145 years. While just a parking lot away, The Discovery Center, a hands-on children’s museum features 40+ interactive exhibits both inside and outside of the Museum.

Welcome to Ross Park Campus Binghamton NY

Binghamton's Only Hands-On Children's Museum

Serving the Southern Tier of New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Discovery Center’s exhibits, themes and ambiance are community specific while leaving a wide margin for global discovery.

Our Team

Miah Barnard

Gallery Staff (Seasonal)

Samantha Bennet

Summer Camp/Kids Club Teacher

Toni Dougherty

UPK Lead Teacher

Cheryl Dutko

Assistant Executive Director and Visitor Services Director

Mallory Evans

Development Director

Abigail Farr

Summer Camp Counselor

Elisa Faughnan

Summer Camp Counselor

Kelly Fancher

Community Outreach Coordinator

Kate Fletcher

Public Information Officer

Lauren Hannigan

Museum Gallery Staff

Nancy Hargrave

Story Garden Volunteer

Susan Hemmer

Financial Assistant

Mary Hibbard

Summer Camp/Kids Club Teacher (Seasonal)

Danielle Kane

Weekend Visitor Services Manager

Kelsey Kerns

Summer Camp/Kids Club Lead Teacher

Philip Koral

Summer Camp Counselor

Joe Lane

Receptionist

Kara Legursky

Preschool Teacher-Assistant

Deanna Lillie

UPK Teacher-Assistant

Kaley Lillie

Summer Camp Counselor

Emma MacDonald

Summer Camp Counselor

Langelihle Mandizna

Gallery Staff

Samkele Mandizna

Receptionist

Chris Martin

Story Garden Coordinator

Wayne Martin

Facilities Director

Brenda Myers

Executive Director

Chris Pearce

Gallery Staff/Story Garden

Jess Petrylak

Art Enrichment and Education Coordinator

Amanda Owens

Kids Club Assistant Teacher

Victoria Randis

Preschool Teacher

Mary Kay Roland

Volunteer Coordinator

Nancy Ryan

Artist

Mallory Schake

Gallery Staff (Seasonal)

Alex Steele

Gallery Staff (Year Round)

Marie Taylor

Kids Club/Summer Camp

Jerry Terela

Facilities/Weekday Visitor Services Manager

Lisa Testani

Gallery Staff

Mike Testani

Cleaning Staff

Amber Wales

Gallery Staff

Kristy Wales

Director of Education

Matt Washington

Kids Club Co-Coordinator

Bob Wilson

Workshop Coordinator

Marisa Washington

Kids Club Assistant Teacher

Cassaundra Williams

Childcare Assistant

“We offer diversion; we offer fun; we offer love and a happy day. Come often, stay as long as you’d like and enjoy every minute. And know that everyone has a special place in our hearts.”

Pokey Crocker, Executive Director 1988-2016

Our History

'84
The Imagination Builders and the Junior League of Binghamton (JLB) open The Discovery Center in the gym of an empty, urban school which was quickly outgrown.
'87
The Center moved to Binghamton’s Ross Park campus next to the Binghamton Zoo, the fifth oldest zoo in the nation. Work began on converting a dilapidated maintenance barn into the extraordinary space that we are today.
'02
A major addition was completed adding exhibit space, classrooms, a performance space and enhancing visitor services and ADA accessibility.
'07
Our award winning Story Garden outdoor exhibit space was opened – a gift from the JLB. From dawn to dusk, there always families in the garden playing, enjoying the books associated with each garden vignette, pondering, picnicking and enjoying nature.
'13

We dedicated our Kids Commons addition to facilitate weekday preschool activities, summer camps and weekend programming.

Our Board of Directors

Brenda Myers

Executive Director

Erik Jones

President

Alyssa Enfield

Vice President

Zach Staff

Treasurer

Kelly Hudock

Secretary

Sean Britton

Grace Doherty

Brian DeBoyace

Christina Fisher

Sam Joachim

Timothy Klym

Elizabeth O'Connor

Vanessa Moschak

Marina Resciniti

Ryan Seymour

Kayla Velie

Job Opportunities