Monday-Saturday  9:30-5:00

Sunday  1:00-5:00


Closed on Thanksgiving,

Christmas Eve Day 2017,

Christmas Day, New Year's

Eve Day, New Year's Day,

Easter, and the

Saturday of e-cubed.

Closed Mondays

September through March




Children ages 2-11  -  $6


Adults and

Youth 12 and over  -  $9


Seniors (65 or better)

and military  -  $8






HSC Staff


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



Board of Directors


Richard Roth, Chair

Jim Gries, Vice Chair

Mindy Clark, Secretary

Steven Scherling, Treasurer

Nate Dorr

Kellie Dixon

Shane Fjerstad

Julie Frank

Melinda Neville

Michele Walker

Cam Williams


Our Director

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.


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