Our Story

The Discovery Center is rooted in generosity. Funds were donated to the City of Fresno by Frank Reedy to purchase land, previously owned by the Roessler family, in order to provide for the creation of a green space or city park for the “children of Fresno.” This area was named Reedy Park in honor of Frank Reedy's generous donation. Reedy Park and The Fresno Jr. Museum of Science and Natural History were then established on the site in 1954. The Fresno Discovery Center has a rich and extensive history, while remaining a top destination for school visit field trips. 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!