The Campaign for CuriOdyssey
Board of Directors
Chair: Connie Sevier
Vice Chair: Laurel Miranda
Secretary: Tara Samuels
Treasurer : Juan Galá
Nominating Chair: Gisela A. Paulsen
Directors: Christina Diercks, Lynne Esselstein, Andrea Irvin, Danielle Kling, Linda Lanier, Rebecca Renzas
Volunteer Representative: Kirstan Price
Emeritus Directors: Thomas R. Brown, Robert Henderson, Kathryn Taylor, Polly Hoover Taylor
Advisory Council: Edith Eddy, Karen Edwards, Dave Holland, Marilyn Loushin-Miller, Dr. Vera Michalchik, Peter Steinhart
Executive Director: Rachel Meyer
Campaign Co-Chairs: Linda Lanier, Kathryn Taylor
CuriOdyssey science playground and zoo received three gifts recently to ignite Phase II of The Campaign for CuriOdyssey! The museum received a $1,000,000 gift from Connie and Robert Lurie in support of The Campaign for CuriOdyssey. Well-known Bay Area philanthropists, the Luries actively support programs and projects that focus on education and underserved communities. Their…Read More
Read the letter of support from Kevin Mullin, Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly member, representing District 22 in San Mateo County. I am pleased to offer my support for CuriOdyssey. Born and raised in San Mateo County, I have watched Curiodyssey grow over the years and I am impressed by its evolution. From its…Read More
CuriOdyssey seeks to build an exciting new future. CuriOdyssey may have killed the cat, but CuriOdyssey has spent the last 65 years bringing the animal kingdom to life for generations of Bay Area children. The non-profit science museum and zoo, located in San Mateo’s Coyote Point Park, provides children with priceless opportunities to observe wild…Read More
Curiosity has a firm foot in a new door after officials with the local nonprofit science museum at Coyote Point announced CuriOdyssey raised $22 million toward a facility revamp and secured a potential 60-year lease with the county. The long-standing group of educators and wildlife caretakers are excited to be closing in on their $35…Read More
The blog CoolMomTech.com has listed CuriOdyssey as one of the seven best science museums for kids. We’re in good company with other notable ASTC institutions! Read moreRead More
A Yelp Community manager shares entertaining activities for children on KRON-TV news. Link to access video is here: See it hereRead More
San Francisco Business Times | CuriOdyssey announces $35 million rebuilding campaign to give more kids the superpower of science
CuriOdyssey announced today they have received landmark contributions totaling $19 million to create a “world-class, serious science playground” in San Mateo. Comprising more than 50 percent of a projected $35 million campaign goal, these leadership gifts ignite CuriOdyssey’s plans to modernize and completely remake its building, vastly increase its usable space to triple exhibit and…Read More
Nearly a decade after financial problems threatened to shutter the children’s museum, CuriOdyssey is back on its feet and ready to unveil an ambitious new vision. The science- and nature-themed museum on Saturday will launch the public phase of a $35 million fundraising campaign to pay for a major renovation that will triple its exhibit…Read More
From an up close encounter with a friendly otter to seeing how reflections alters one’s perception, the opportunities to explore curiosity at CuriOdyssey will grow tremendously as the nonprofit revealed a $35 million revamp is in the works. Read articleRead More
Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer throw their philanthropic weight behind a science playground. Young children are often brimming with energy, enthusiasm and curiosity, especially when they have a chance to play, hang out with animals and soak up new information in a way that seems less like a chore and more like an adventure. That’s…Read More
Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Campaign for CuriOdyssey? The campaign is a $35M fundraising effort designed to transform CuriOdyssey from a community gem to a world-class regional science center.
CuriOdyssey is in a San Mateo County park. How is the county participating in this effort? The County of San Mateo is a key partner in our effort, providing both in-kind and monetary support.
Where will the money come from? Support for The Campaign for CuriOdyssey will come from private individuals, foundations, corporations and the County of San Mateo.
Are there still opportunities to donate to The Campaign for CuriOdyssey? We need your support! There are many ways to donate. You can make a donation online here. You can also make a gift of stock or a planned gift. Check out “Ways to Donate.”
How will CuriOdyssey change? The new CuriOdyssey will feature: 3x the number of exhibits, a bay observation station perched near the treetops, a large natural play area and 2x the learning labs for our acclaimed education programs and camps.
Why are you rebuilding? I love CuriOdyssey just the way it is. The building no longer meets the need of our growing audience. With a new CuriOdyssey we can expand our commitment to science and wildlife education for children, especially the underserved.
How big is the new building? The new building will be the same size but with a vastly different configuration designed to better support our mission.
What will parking be like? The number of parking spots will remain the same.
How long will construction take? Once started, the construction will take 18 months. During that time, visitors will have access to our animal and select science exhibits.
The campaign is a $35M fundraising effort designed to transform CuriOdyssey from a community gem to a world-class regional science center.
The County of San Mateo is a key partner in our effort, providing both in-kind and monetary support.
Support for The Campaign for CuriOdyssey will come from private individuals, foundations, corporations and the County of San Mateo.