Visit Our Center

Public Hours

Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Other times, and large group visits, by appointment.

Admission

Admission is always free; donations are always welcome.

Location and Parking

The Science Discovery Center is located in the Physical Science building on the SUNY Oneonta campus, room 112. In the summer there is a lot of open parking near the Physical Science building: look for the visitor (V) and commuter (C) parking lots below the Physical Science and Human Ecology buildings. During the academic year, especially during the work week, guests will need to get a free, no-registration day pass to park in visitor and commuter lots; passes can be picked up at the Center's main desk or contact us ahead of time and we can email it to you to print out. There is handicapped parking a short distance from the Center's doors, please feel free to call ahead for assistance.

Handicapped Accessibility and Sensory Safe

We try hard to be accessible to all! Physical Science is a handicapped accessible building with reserved spots not far from the Southeast door closest to the Science Discovery Center. The SDC itself is also handicapped accessible, and people in wheelchairs have reported that our exhibits are easy to navigate. The SDC is often very quiet and we don't play music, and most of our exhibits do not produce loud noises, so for people with sensory disorders it is often a very comfortable space. Feel free to contact us at sdc@oneonta.edu or (607) 436-2011 with any concerns or inquiries!

Group Visits

A Great Field Trip Destination!

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center makes a great destination for a half-day field trip (or a full day if you combine it with lunch and another activity). We have a variety of exhibits on different fields of science and engineering, and our digital planetarium is one of the best in the region. There is no cost to visit us, and there is even support available to help offset the cost of your visit (see below).

Planning Your Trip

Field trips can be scheduled during our open hours Wednesday-Saturday and on other days/times by special arrangement. The Center's exhibits are great for all ages, though most of our visitors are elementary and middle school students. Most visits are at least two hours and include an hour at the Science Discovery Center and an hour at the SUNY Oneonta Planetarium. We can also add an electricity demo to the day's schedule (other demos will be available soon). Given the size of the SDC, we prefer to have groups of around 60 students maximum.
To make arrangements for a school group visit, please complete the form:

Request Group Visit

Financial Aid:
The Wal-Mart Transportation Fund

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center received a community grant from Wal-Mart to help make our informal educational programming more widely accessible to school districts in Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego counties.

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for A.J. Read Science Discovery Center Wal-Mart Transport Grants. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are used up. Need will be applicant-determined. School districts planning field trips should assess if they require transport assistance or not. Applications are welcome for first-time visits from school districts as well as from districts seeking to expand how many grades/students they can send.

Our goal for this grant project is to enable less-resourced and more distant school districts to take advantage of the great resource that is the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center and SUNY Oneonta Planetarium.

The individual grants will cover the cost of transport for two buses including fuel, driver costs, and any mileage expenses. The largest award funded will be approximately $150.

To apply for the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center Wal-Mart Transport Grant, please email grant administrator and Outreach Coordinator of the Science Discovery Center, Doug Reilly, the following information:

  • School District and Grade Level to Visit
  • Date of Proposed Visit (It’s a good idea to start the scheduling process at the same time, see here)
  • Number of students, teachers, staff, and buses anticipated
  • Distance from District to the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center
  • Breakdown of Transport Costs: include driver time, mileage and mileage rate, fuel costs, etc. Include information on payment, including who can we address a check to.
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