Inspiring Scientific Discovery and a Love of Learning for All
September through March
Closed on Thanksgiving,
Christmas, New Years Day,
Easter, and the
Saturday of e-cubed.
Children ages 2-11 - $5
Youth 12 and over - $7
Seniors (65 or better)
and military - $6
Director: Annie Butler Ricks
Chief Financial Officer: Julie Bengtson
Store Manager: Peggy Nygaard
Education and Programs: Kitura Main, James Owens, Chuck Deeter
Volunteer Coordinator: Angela Morales
Visitor Services: Melissa McNeill
Collections: Anita Merritt
Richard Roth, Chair
Jim Gries, Vice Chair
Mindy Clark, Secretary
Steven Scherling, Treasurer
After a thorough national search, the HSC board of directors is happy to announce that Annie Butler Ricks is the new executive director. Annie started her role May 15. Her education in chemistry coupled with her experience working in the community on various projects make her a terrific fit for the future strategic direction of the science center.
Annie earned a BS in chemistry from Bryn Mawr and PhD in chemistry from Northwestern University, specializing in renewable energy, specifically understanding electron transfer in solar energy. She is passionate about science and renewable energy, and loves conversing, demonstrating, and explaining science to the public.
Prior to her role as the executive director of HSC, Annie worked as the College Laboratory Services Specialist at Bemidji State University where she managed staff, provided programming for students, wrote grants, and served the University and community through extensive community science outreach.
Annie is no stranger to fundraising and community networking. In 2016 she co-coordinated the “Run with the Dinosaurs” event for the Headwaters Science Center to raise money for new carpet. She worked with the HSC board of directors, members, and friends of HSC to host a successful event that kick started the carpet project. Her appetite for informal science education is evident in her experience organizing events promoting science to the general public, whether it is in an academic or nonprofit setting. Her connections with Bemidji State University will be an asset to help grow the Headwaters Science Center in new directions.
As an educator, a scientist, and a parent, I have seen the eyes of both children and adults light up with the love of learning at the Headwaters Science Center.