Newport Beach based ExplorOcean to Merge with Nonprofit Discovery Cube of Orange County to Expand Ocean Sciences Education in Southern California
The move will expand the science-based educational initiatives of both entities and enable the revitalization of the historic and popular Balboa Fun Zone™
Santa Ana, Calif. (April 19, 2016) — The Discovery Science Foundation (www.discoverycube.org) today announced that ExplorOcean® – the science-based nonprofit located in Newport Beach, California – will be joining the Discovery Cube® family. This move is a part of the Foundation’s regional plan to expand ocean science-based learning and education to more of Southern California, while also investing in an area with a storied history and special maritime legacy.
The organizations are committed to energizing ExplorOcean and the surrounding area by bringing in exciting exhibits, programs and a renewed sense of wonder to that particular area of the Newport Harbor waterfront.
“Both Discovery Cube and ExplorOcean have a shared mission to inspire students and families, educate them, and create a positive impact on the community,” stated Joe Adams, CEO of the Discovery Science Foundation. “We see this as an opportunity to bring what we do best at Discovery Cube, creating exhibits and science-based educational programs, and infuse that with the programming at ExplorOcean to create a lasting legacy that everyone in the community will be proud of.”
ExplorOcean is a 34,000 square-foot facility that delivers educational opportunities to over 40,000 kids through interactive, ocean-based curriculum. The educational programs leverage the location on Newport Harbor, its proximity to the ocean, and the ability to take large groups of students out on the water on its educational vessel. In addition to the science facility is the Steele Model Pavilion which displays historical nautical ship models from the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. Discovery Cube plans to embrace the Nautical Museum collection and highlight the nautical history of Newport Harbor in future exhibits.
“This partnership was a natural fit for us due to our aligned vision and shared values,” stated Linda Mayer, Executive Director of ExplorOcean. “We have a strong commitment to expanding ocean science education and to the community of Newport Beach through preserving and displaying the legacy and history of the Newport Harbor, and partnering with local businesses to enhance the Fun Zone.”
As a part of the merger with ExplorOcean and the rejuvenation of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum collection, Discovery Cube also plans to immediately invest in the famous Balboa Fun Zone™ and restore this iconic piece of the Newport Beach landscape. One of Southern California’s oldest and great coastal amusement areas, the Balboa Fun Zone has been a popular family-friendly attraction to visitors for over 80 years.
“This is exciting news for our community and for the Fun Zone,” said Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon. “I’m pleased that these two organizations are joining together and am looking forward to learning more about Discovery Cube’s plans for the Fun Zone and how the City of Newport Beach can help support its endeavors.”
As a commitment to the local community of Newport Beach, Discovery Cube will welcome four new members to the Board of Directors, including: Douglas M. Pasquale, Founder and CEO of Capstone Enterprises Corporation and former Chairman of ExplorOcean; Linda Mayer, Executive Director of ExplorOcean; Timothy C. Collins, Principal of TC Collins & Associates, Inc.; and, Dan Sheridan, Chief Operating Officer for Centennial Real Estate.
Discovery Cube in Santa Ana has been a longstanding member of the Orange County community providing science-based education to millions of guests since it first opened its doors in 1998. Through the years, it has won numerous awards for its themed exhibitions, educational programs, and service to the community. With the Cube in Orange County, a second campus in Los Angeles, plus the Foundation’s in-classroom science education programs, the total number of families and students impacted in science education is close to one million per year.
More announcements around future exhibits, programs and attractions will be coming in early June, 2016.
About Discovery Science Foundation:
The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the educational program-development and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning centers in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original nonprofit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Cube was named one of the 10 “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services at The White House. In November 2014, a second nonprofit Discovery Cube offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley.
Most recently, ExplorOcean – an ocean science-based nonprofit located in Newport Beach, California – joined the Discovery Cube family to further the Foundation’s mission to inspire and educate young minds and create a positive impact on the community. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit discoverycube.org. Follow the Los Angeles and Orange County campus, plus ExplorOcean on social platforms (@DiscoveryCubeLA, @DiscoveryCubeOC and @ExplorOcean).
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Dan Nasitka – Director, Communications; Discovery Science Foundation
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