CommunityWorks, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Montana corporation founded in 2000 to create a community informal learning center and gathering place, developed ExplorationWorks Science Center. Founders set out to develop an innovative, hands-on facility for educational opportunities, working in partnership with public schools and available for students of all ages and from varied backgrounds. Adopting the name ExplorationWorks!, the science center model was determined to best fit the mission, providing a means to meet the goals and mission of the organization. ExplorationWorks has been a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) since 2002.
From its beginning to its opening in 2007, ExplorationWorks has been a volunteer-driven, collaborative and grassroots effort. Between 2000 and the 2007 opening, board members, a very small staff, and hundreds of volunteers worked to develop plans and build the new museum. Located in the new Great Northern Town Center in downtown Helena, Montana, ExplorationWorks offers programs and exhibits that appeal to diverse audiences in an engaging discovery of the sciences, technology, engineering, math, social sciences, culture and everyday life.
CommunityWorks, Inc. – Audited Financial Statements