Science Center celebrates 30th anniversary

Special to The Log

The new year marks a milestone for the Emerald Coast Science Center, the local non-profit organization. To commemorate this monumental occasion, the ECSC will host a fundraiser to celebrate inspiring and growing a scientifically engaged community for the last 30 years.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating 30 years on the Emerald Coast,” said Diane Fraser, executive director of the ECSC. “We are hoping this event brings together those that supported our mission in the beginning as well as those that are just learning about us. This celebration gives us an opportunity to showcase what we have to offer the community.”

From 6 to 9 p.m. March 9, the 30th anniversary celebration will be complete with live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction. Local artists have been commissioned to create artwork that expresses what “science is” to them. Prints of the artwork will adorn the ECSC’s building and property for the duration of their 30th year on the Emerald Coast, giving the community an opportunity to enjoy them outside of the event. At the anniversary celebration, the artwork will be available for purchase in a silent auction.

Founded in 1989 by the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, and then known as the FOCUS Center, the center was created to provide STEM education to children in Okaloosa County. The center changed its name in 2001 and has been growing steadily since that time. The ECSC now occupies a 8,000 square foot building with over 45 exhibits and interactive activities, serves Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties, and sees over 12,000 visitors each year.