Spring Break Camp 2015

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 in Events, News, Programs

A friendly reminder Spring Break Camp will be open for registration in one month!  February 15, 2015.

Due to popular request we are offering “Day Camp” during Spring Break.  Parents will be able to register for individual days or the entire week.

Here is a picture of some of our happy summer campers!

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Florida Natural Masterlist

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in Events, News, Programs

FMNP Flier 2014

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2014 Rotary Discovery Fest – Sponsorship Opportunities

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 in News

Rotary Discovery Fest 3x4 save the date front 12-17-13Rotary Discovery Fest


Last February, the Discovery Center and Rotary Clubs of Marion County filled the park of historic Tuscawilla. Along with the cattle drive down Magnolia there was live entertainment, kids games, Cowboy Tom and his posse, and cracker food and a watern’ hole to quench your thirst. With over 2,500 visitors coming from near and far all had a rip roaring good time. This year along with the cattle drive and round up we are throwing a Blue Jean Ball the evening before. All the proceeds from these events will go to improvements to the Discovery Center. For more event information, click here.

Discover the Possibilities:

The Discovery Center has been providing hands on, interactive education opportunities for our community since 1997. It’s relocation to the old Armory in Tuscawilla Park in 2009 has proven to be advantageous. And the center is busting at the seams with programs offered from 2 year old preschool children to adults in the Florida Master Naturalist program.

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Commercial Landscaper Overhauls the Discovery Center’s Front Door

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 in News

Brickman Group Works Hand in Hand with the City of Ocala to Enhance the Discovery Center’s Curb Appeal

The Discovery Center at Tuscawilla Park will be receiving a front door face lift, courtesy of Brickman Group, a local commercial landscape company. Brickman Group will be donating plants and labor to renovate the front curb appeal of the City’s center as part of their nationwide Founder’s Day project. Founder’s Day is a time when each Brickman office across the country contributes to a worthy cause in their local community. November 9, 2013 will mark an exciting day for the local management team. Working efficiently, the team will execute a full renovation of the Center’s front landscaping in mere hours.

The day is dedicated to honoring the memory and values of the founder, Theodore Brickman, Sr. “For 73 years Brickman Group has nurtured a tradition to give back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Rodriguez, Account Manager for Brickman in Ocala. “With our purpose of inspiring people and nurturing landscapes, I felt the Discovery Center was the perfect venue to continue the tradition.” This year’s project will include new plants and retrofitting irrigation at the Discovery Center. 

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Welcome Gomez – the Florida Tailless Whipscorpion!

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 in News

“Gomez” .    Our leggiest creature is a Florida Tailless Whipscorpion  (Phrynus marginemaculatus) .    He looks scary, but it is virtually harmless.   Gomez is related to spiders and scorpions, and looks like a combination of both.  But it is very different from either!  It is an amblypygid, and the only species of this  order to be found in Florida.

 It is not venomous, since it has no fangs.  It has small crab-like pinchers called “pedipalps” it uses to catch its food.  It has 8 legs like a spider, but it only uses the back 3 pairs to walk.  It uses the very long front-most pair to feel its way around its environment.  Why?  Because it is nearly blind!   They are very shy and  nocturnal.

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Mini Monster Boo-Bash, Friday, October 25, 2013 @ Discovery Center (inside and out)

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Events


OOBLICK!!! Liquid to solid to liquid to solid.... It's amazing!!!

OOBLICK!!! Liquid to solid to liquid to solid…. It’s amazing!!!

This year the 2013 Boo Bash activities will be located at the Discovery Center from 5:30 to 8:30pm on Friday, October 25. We think this move will be advantageous for all involved:

  • more room to expand in the lawn behind the DC
  • easy and safe accessibility
  • usage of the Girl Scout House as the haunted village
  • availability of the DC for science related Halloween fun
  • not so spooky hay ride around Lake Tuscawilla

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for a ‘safe Halloween’ experience.

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Kitchen Khemistry, 10:00am – 1:00pm October 19, 2013

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Programs

Bennet Depew, Corporate Chef, Harry's of America will be joining us again this year!

Bennet Depew, Corporate Chef, Harry’s of America will be joining us again this year!

Taste testing,hands-on experiments, and guest demonstrators has made Kitchen Khemistry  the DC’s most popular Science Saturday.

Coming soon an interview with Chef Bennet Depew!

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