Our close-knit team of dreamers works hard to achieve our mission to inspire lifelong learning and interest in STEM. Working at the Center is fast-paced, challenging, and gives us the opportunity to be collaborative and creative. We believe in what we do and we strive to make the Treasure Valley (and world) a better place, full of curious, scientifically literate citizens who know the power of lifelong learning. We believe in belonging and inclusion, and we believe STEM is for everyone.


Christy Shira

Finance Director

Fun Fact: "The latin name for ferret, Mustela putorius furo means "smelly little thief""

Eric Miller

Executive Director

Fun Fact: "The Hubble telescope can be used to see more than 13 billion years into the past!"

Jessica Burke

Education Director

Fun Fact: "Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the scientific name for brain freeze"

Alissa Korsak, PhD

Development Director

Fun Fact: "The average temperature on Mars is approximately -81°F"


Ashten Goodenough

Operations Manager

Fun Fact: "It is impossible to eat 6 saltine crackers in 60 seconds without drinking anything...I've tried...Several times."

Nina Schaeffer

Membership & Nerd Herd Coordinator

Fun Fact: "Cycling 10 km each way to work would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions each year!"

Jeff Kellner

Facility and Exhibits Manager

Fun Fact: "The Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland discharges 35 billion tons of icebergs per year into the Atlantic Ocean and flows at an average speed of 150 feet per day."

Janice Alexander

Education Manager

Fun Fact:  "A group of tapirs is called a candle."

Mark Blaiser

Grant & Development Manager

Fun Fact: "The first practical electric vehicle was designed and built in America in 1835."

Cynthia Mouzis

Event & Donation Coordinator

Fun Fact: "If you force a smile for 30 seconds, you will feel happy."

Olivia Wargo

Visitor Services & Social Media Specialist

Fun Fact: "The Earth isn't flat, but according to the inflationary theory, the universe is measurably flat."

Jessica Bowman

Reservation Specialist

Fun Fact: "Prosopagnosia is a disorder in which people struggle to recognize familiar faces, including one's own face."

Daniel Coombs

Visitor Services Manager

Fun Fact: "Muscles cannot push, they can only pull."



We host a variety of events here at the Discovery Center of Idaho: Young Discoverers, Adult Nights, and friendly challenges among members and frequent visitors. No matter the age or activity, we have a lot of fun and are certain we have something on our calendar sure to entertain and create lasting memories.

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Do you love the Discovery Center? Do you want to support school field trips, in-house produced exhibitions, and STEM education in Idaho? Join Nerd Herd!

Nerd Herd is the Discovery Center's monthly giving program. The donations we receive through Nerd Herd directly support the Discovery Center's mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math. Support the Discovery Center every day of the year with Nerd Herd.

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Discovery Center membership is a rewarding experience for you and your family. Become a member and attend sneak previews of our new exhibitions, receive discounts on camps and birthday parties, and enjoy the Discovery Center every day of the year.

Join today and become part of our community. Together, we can achieve our mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in STEM.

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  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    Main Office
    (208) 343-9895


  • General Inquiries and
    Membership Information


  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    131 W. Myrtle Street
    Boise, Idaho 83702


  • Mon - Sat • 10am - 5pm
    Sunday • Noon - 5pm
    Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas


  • Members & Under 2 • Free*
    Youth 2-17 • $10
    Adults 18+ • $12
    Seniors • $11
    Military Personnel • $1 Off
    * Free admission during standard exhibitions & reduced admissions during special exhibitions

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