A Partnership of
Water-based Organizations

Aerial-croppedThe Discovery Center was created in 2006 when Mike and Rhea Dow donated nine acres of prime commercial real estate in Greilickville to Rotary Camps & Services with the intention of creating a collaborative freshwater campus committed to the promotion of historic preservation, the importance of environmental stewardship, the joy of discovery and the pleasure of water-based recreation.SONY DSC

Four partners currently at the site are: the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the Watershed Center, the Maritime Heritage Alliance and Traverse Area Community Sailing.

In 2016, Camps & Services expanded the Discovery Center by purchasing the former Traverse City Light & Power coal dock across the street from the Discovery Center property. Discovery Pier was opened to the public in June, 2016 and will provide public access to our shared waters and to water-related programming. With the Pier, the Discovery Center will be able to expand its water-based experiential learning programs for families and other community groups, provide more waterfront access and affordable or free activities, and nurture a community-wide attitude of stewardship of the Great Lakes.