River Discovery Center

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

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Location: 117 South Water Street Paducah KY 42001 USA

Mission: The River Discovery Center is a private, non-profit, educational institution whose primary mission is to stimulate an interest in and teach the public about the importance of America’s rivers to the development of the nation, and in particular upon the Four Rivers Region. The Center deals with all aspects of the rivers, including environmental, cultural and economic benefits, and seeks to provide a forum for mutually beneficial development of this great national asset.

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

As a resource teacher for our city's gifted and talented population, we are always struggling to find programs which are beneficial and affordable. Imagine our delight when EJ Abell volunteered for our students ro visit the River Heritage Museum! The students ranging from 4th-8th graders were greeted by three volunteers who were extremely prepared, organized, and well-versed. Since they divided the large group into three smaller ones, the students were able to learn a lot along with having their questions answered. The students also loved having the opportunity to use the simulator and creating an individual art project with Ms. Abell. The professionalism of the staff of the River Heritage Museum was above reproach! It was most rewarding to have the students and adults who attended this field trip be reminded of the importance the river industry has upon our lives. Paducah is very fortunate to have such an outstanding organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several I worked to introduce the "Adopt a Towboat" program in Paducah schools. Ken Wheeler who was instumental in the "Adopt a Towboat" program was also vitally interested in the River Heritage Museum and thus inspired me to take advantage.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage the staff to be as informative to casual visitors as it is to a scheduled group. The group leaders supplied much information that the ordinary citizen probably does not receive.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Hands-on activities for adults and students are exciting and rewarding! It also great to have this opportunity when funds for trips are so limited.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Each staff member was extremely well-informed and sooo polite! They seemed to respect and value each of our students!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a larger facility and advertise more.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding! Money seems to be the issue for most non-profits and schools as well!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Visitors to Paducah should make every effort to visit and museum!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am a student at the University of Kentucky, and was recently assigned a class project that required me to make a cultural contribution to either the community of Lexington or to my hometown. As a native of Paducah, I really wanted to give back to my city. I reached out to Julie Harris (the Executive Director of the RDC) about a collaboration project. Never have I received such positive feedback and kindness from a stranger. Julie worked with me to bring an art exhibit to the River Discovery Center. She made me feel very comfortable working on something I had no experience in. We secured the exhibit (to be shown in November) and a space for the show (Maiden Ally Cinema). This experience gave me a huge appreciation for the River Discovery Center and its mission of community enrichment through the historical and scientific education on rivers. I consider the Center to be a jewel in downtown Paducah. The building is a beautifully restored historical site of interest and the interior allows for interactive learning on waterways. This is all the more important due to Paducah's history of being a river town. I have had a wonderfully positive experience with the River Discovery Center and its directors Julie Harris and EJ Abell. I would be very willing to work with the RDC in the future as a volunteer and speak highly of the organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the charity and accessibility of its Directors. These women have really shown an appreciation for higher learning through their willingness to assist me in a collegiate project.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about this vital aspect of Paducah. All natives should be aware of the roles of rivers in our lives. This nonprofit is providing an educational and cultural outlet for the people of Paducah.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly kind and open. I felt very much at home with all of the workers. They were quite willing to show me the River Discovery Center and were proud to share their message.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really become a site of interest in Kentucky and beyond. The RDC could really expand and reach out to more people if it had this financial backing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

It is all about the children. This River Discovery Center offers an excellent venue for elementary students with field trips and summer camp. It also coordinates the Adopt A Towboat program for area grades 4-6 this the major barge companies operated out of Paducah. The exhibits are well done and we hope to improve in a big way in the near future. Our corporate sustainers and members are a good cross section of the towing industry and area community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the staff and board stay on a steady course during hard economic times.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see additional exhibits for the visitors.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning and watching the staff and board of directors manage the operation of the River Discovery Center.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very active and good for this facility.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do what we would like to see with 2 million bucks.

Ways to make it better...

we did not have such a hard economic situation. We need a major source to do a large expansion.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money and expansion.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope this does not start a bunch of unwanted emails back.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I regulary take my Preservation Summer students and my Master of Architecture program

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal knowledge and as an educational experience for my college level history and architecture students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more public awareness

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality of the exhibits, the depth and range of information, and that it is available.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very cordial, knowledgable, and very helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create an actual 'on-river" experience with a working "steamboat" representing those built and typical of the area and another "on-river" experience with one of the contemporary working barge line companies.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time at the site

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

publicity outside the region

One thing I'd also say is that...

enough said.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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