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Photography by Ann Chatillon

Michelle and David Horowitz hosted a reception at Shady Canyon recently for the Discovery Science Center to preview the Center’s expansion plans.

Co-chairs of the $62 million, multi-year capital campaign are David Horowitz and Jim Peterson who have already raised nearly $10 million towards Phase One which will include an expansion of the original center and a new 40,000 square foot Discovery Pavilion with a 10,000 square foot Showcase Theater, a California Natural Resources Pavilion, an Education Wing and a Welcome Center and enlarged Launch Pad Science Store.  The Center expects to break ground in November 2012.

Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.

The idea of Discovery Science Center began in 1984 when the boards of the Exploratory Learning Center and the Experience Center joined and formed the Discovery Museum of Orange County (DMOC). Simply stated, their goals were to teach kids what life was like at the turn of the century in Orange County in an interactive manner AND to build a world class hands-on science center. They first developed the DMOC site, which now has two historic homes, a carriage barn, rose garden, riparian habitat and much more. Once this project was up and running smoothly, the Board turned to achieving their second goal, building a hands-on science center.