Building the future

About us

The Great River Children’s Exploratorium is a non-profit organization established to develop and create a children’s museum serving the greater St. Cloud community and Central Minnesota. We are a member of the Association of Children’s Museums as an emerging museum. Past projects include the Healthyville pop-up exhibit sponsored by CentraCare in conjunction with the Stearns History Museum. We are have pulled together an excellent board with a wide range of expertise to move this project forward. Next steps include board development, fundraising, and museum planning. It is an exciting time for this organization!

Future Location

Many thanks go out to Liberty Bank for the donation of their downtown location for the development of a children’s museum. Their generosity means the children of Central Minnesota will have a place to learn through play and make meaningful connections with each other and the adults in their lives.
Now the work begins… Liberty Bank is currently operating this branch. When their move is complete, the donation will be finalized, and renovations can begin. With the agreement now public, we can begin design work! Join us as we work together to make this museum the best it can be for our community’s children. Please consider a donation and spread the word!

Who we are

Board Members

Board President
Retired Child and Family Studies Department Chair at SCSU
“Our community needs a space dedicated to young children and families. A children’s museum fills that gap and serves as a place for children and families to practice needed 21st century skills.”
View Glen’s profile article.

Greg Reigstad

Retired Professor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Jane Ellison

Board Member, Grant writer
Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist
“A children’s museum will provide exciting opportunities to support the social and emotional development of young children in our community, through exploration and play, with their parents or other important caregivers in their lives.”

Board Member
Parent Educator, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools
“Investing in a children’s museum reflects the priorities of our community and boosts the quality of life for everyone.”
View Becky’s profile article.

Jim Davis

Board Member
Retired CEO of the Stearns County History Museum and Senior VP for Corporate Services at CentraCare

Monica Segura-Schwartz

Board Member
“Our community needs more options to accelerate learning about arts and culture. A children’s museum will enhance local culture by encouraging people to engage with each other.”

Sara McKeever

Board Member, Marketing and Communications
Parent Educator, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools
“It’s been my dream to have a museum space in central Minnesota where children and adults are able to play together in a meaningful way that builds their relationship.”

Vincent Miles

Board Member
Psychologist, Miles Psychological Services
“This is an exciting time! The future of our community is being influenced by those just entering the world today. A local children’s museum presents an extraordinary opportunity to bring our community together, promoting learning through curiosity, and ultimately strengthening our humanity.”

Alex Hengel

Board Member
CPA at CliftonLarsonAllen

Dr. Jill Amsberry

Board Member
Pediatrician CentraCare Health System
“As a mother and pediatrician in this community, I am thrilled to be a part of an organization striving to create a safe place for our children to grow and learn. I look forward to an environment that allows our children to play without the constraints of gender, race, socioeconomic status or circumstance.”

Jennifer Mueller

Board Member
Dean, School of Education at St. Cloud State University
“I’m new to the St. Cloud community and this project highlights the importance that is placed on the support and success of the children here. Our children deserve all of the resources and quality learning experiences that we can provide. It is great to see the community pull together to make this dream a reality. It further affirms our choice to come to St. Cloud!”

Karel Helgeson

Board Member

Jerry Von Korff

Board Member
Attorney, Rinke Noonan

GRCE Planning Committee

Deb Campbell

Planning Committee Member, Secretary and Grant writer
Retired Early Childhood Director, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools
“As a parent and grandparent, I am excited to be part of the development of a children’s museum for our area. What a great addition to our community.”

John Wertz

Planning Committee Member
“It is important for kids to have unguided, free-form, creative play experiences. A children’s museum can provide an unstructured environment for exploration in today’s over-scheduled, excessively supervised world.”

Linda McNelly

Planning Committee Member
Retired Parent Educator with District 742
“I love children, children’s museums and the St. Cloud area. Check out my collection of hundreds of images from other children’s museums to see what might be possible for our community.”
View Linda’s Pinterest collection.