Our History

The Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center owes its existence to a remarkable grass-roots effort, as outlined in the timeline below.

1979: Formation of the Friends of Bellaire Parks, Inc., now Nature Discovery Center, Inc.

1980-1985: The organization raised funds for the acquisition of a million dollar 3.75-acre Henshaw estate, now Russ Pitman Park. Volunteer labor and over 400 in-kind donations made development of the park and renovation of the historic house possible. The Nature Discovery Center evolved from nature walks and classes taught by volunteers in the park, even before the house renovation was complete.

1989: The first full-time staff member was employed and the Center opened to the public.

2014: The Center commenced its first capital initiative, the Gateway Project. 

2016: Today five full-time and four part-time staff members offer exciting and engaging hands-on programs that stimulate interest in nature, science, and learning. Through classes, exhibits, and field investigations for children of all ages, families, teachers, and educators (at the Center, in schools, and in public libraries) we reach 40,000+ people each year, about 75% of whom are children.

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