WHO WE ARE
The origins of the Fresno Discovery Center are rooted with The Roessler family, who generously gifted the 5-acre property to the the City of Fresno, specifically for the benefit for the children in the community. The winery was once the site of the Estella Blanca Vineyards founded by F.M. Roessler in 1892 which produced brandy until prohibition. The Roessler family then donated the land so that the children of the community would have a wonderful, green place to go and enjoy and thusly, Reedy Park and The Fresno Jr. Museum of Science and Natural History were established on the site in 1954.
On July 1, 1968, non-profit status for the organization was secured. The Discovery Center was renamed in the 1970’s due to the curating of educational classes, exhibit displays as well as live animal exhibits, where more recently, Fresno Discovery Center has provided a myriad of educational programming opportunities for schools throughout the Central Valley, from as far south as Bakersfield, reaching over 12,000 school children annually through school field trips alone. The Discovery Center serves over 27,000 visitors and members, additionally .
Our park includes our beautiful Deutsch Cactus Garden, tortoise compound and lots of space for kids to run, have lunch and just be KIDS! Our hands-on, interactive science museum includes an array of information and exhibits on space, botany, geology, indigenous people and live animals.
And if you ask any of our employees for a closer encounter, we would be delighted!
Questions, Concerns and Volunteers & Donations gladly welcomed!
Hope to see you soon!
From all of us at The Discovery Center!