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Nature NOW! Bill’s Backyard Opens Oct. 29

Red Tricycle
October 22, 2017

Go outside and play. This sentiment is often at odds with the valley's tech-heavy culture, especially in the Bay Area. To encourage kids to put down their devices and engage with the outdoors, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose recently doubled its exhibit space to add a new outdoor exhibit, Bill’s Backyard: Bridge to Nature, and it’s the tree house and dig pit of childhood dreams. Every detail was meticulously planned from the living roof on the junior ranger station to the life-sized bronze animals hidden throughout the exhibit. Read More

Early Childhood Development, Environmental Stewardship, Exhibition Development, General Museum, Partnerships & Resource Development, Science Learning

Seventy-five Charming Third Graders Help Dedicate Bill’s Backyard

The Mercury News
October 20, 2017

The same kids who tossed seeds into a patch of dirt last November burst through a commemorative ribbon and helped dedicate the museum's new outdoor space, Bill's Backyard: Bridge to Nature, on Thursday. Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, and representatives from the visionary donors including Open Space Authority Santa Clara County, the California Coastal Conservancy, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, and Agilent Technologies were among many who were on-hand to mark the occasion and speak about the importance of this new outdoor learning environment to children and the entire region. Read More

Early Childhood Development, Environmental Stewardship, Exhibition Development, General Museum, Partnerships & Resource Development, Science Learning

Low Tech High Thrills at the Purple Museum

South Bay Accent
October 15, 2017

Executive Director Marilee Jennings talks with South Bay Accent about everything from the early days of the museum to the latest and largest capital project since opening in 1990 - Bill's Backyard. San Jose's newest outdoor learning environment is primed for hours of exploration, discovery, and creativity for all ages, especially inquisitive youngsters. Read More

Early Childhood Development, Environmental Stewardship, Exhibition Development, General Museum, Partnerships & Resource Development, Science Learning

Museum is Living Laboratory for University Researcher

University of Santa Cruz News Center
September 1, 2017

How do children learn? Development psychologist Maureen Callahan's life work is understanding the various factors that shape how a child learns. Nearly 20 years ago the University of California at Santa Cruz and the museum formed a partnership to study how children and families engage in science learning. It's been a mutually beneficial relationship since day one. Read More

Early Childhood Development, General Museum, Learning Research, Partnerships & Resource Development, Science Learning

Nothing ‘Dhol’ About Diwali Festival

The Mercury News
October 5, 2016

The Diwali Festival is part of the museum's ongoing Cultural Celebration series and Inclusion and Cultural Competence strategic commitment. These unifying events offer families and children opportunities to learn cultural traditions and customs of friends, family and neighbors in one of the most diverse regions in the country. Read More

Creativity through the Arts, Inclusion & Cultural Competence, Partnerships & Resource Development

Annual Weekend Celebrates Rainbow of Diversity and Inclusion

The Mercury News
August 27, 2017

Kids and parents braided friendship bracelets, learned what the colors of the rainbow flag represent, and participated in a lively crochet jam, led by social justice artist Ramekon O' Arwisters at this year's annual Proud of My Family event. As part of the museum's Inclusion and Cultural Competence initiative, the program is designed to build awareness and understanding among people of diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations and family configurations. Read More

Creativity through the Arts, Inclusion & Cultural Competence, Partnerships & Resource Development

Proud of My Family Celebrates Inclusion and Diversity

Bay Area Reporter
August 15, 2017

Families come in all configurations. We celebrate this every day at Children's Discovery Museum and especially during our annual Proud of My Family weekend. This event is an outgrowth of our strategic commitment, Cultural Competence and Inclusion, and the work we do with our LGBTQ advisory committee to support all families in the community. Read More

Inclusion & Cultural Competence, Partnerships & Resource Development

Common Ground Program Gives Voice to Immigrants

China Daily USA
August 1, 2017

Immigrants from China, Mexico, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam shared their experiences and cultural heritage during one of three dinners as part of the museum's innovative Common Ground gatherings. The year-long, grant-funded program designed to connect people from different backgrounds and encourage sharing and understanding amongst diverse immigrant communities will culminate in an art project to be displayed throughout the South Bay. Read More

General Museum, Inclusion & Cultural Competence, Partnerships & Resource Development

South Bay Teens Give Back Through Summer of Service

Sunnyvale Sun
July 10, 2017

Youth earn community service hours, make friends, and participate in volunteerism in the award-winning Summer of Service program. With an emphasis on responsibility and purpose, teens in grades 7th through 10th are connected to volunteer opportunities in the community. Read More

Community Service Learning, Partnerships & Resource Development

Kim DeCarlis and Paul Smith Join Board of Directors

October 4, 2016

Kim DeCarlis, chief marketing officer at Imperva, and Paul Smith, partner of Bain & Company, have joined the board of directors of the award-winning museum. They'll serve with a distinguished roster of 28 professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds for one of the largest museums of its kind in the country. Read More

General Museum, Partnerships & Resource Development