Discovery Park of America Sets Attendance Record

More students on field trips visited Fri., May 3 than any other single day in the museum’s 5-year history.

Union City, Tenn. — Discovery Park of America was a busy place on Friday with a parking lot full of buses from schools as far away as Chattanooga. The 100,000-square-foot museum and 50-acre heritage park in Union City, Tenn. is filled with more than 1,450 students experiencing first-hand the organization’s mission to inspire children and adults to see beyond.

It is a great way to kick off National Travel and Tourism Week 2019 , the 36th annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry that will take place on May 5-11.

“One reason we’ve seen such steady growth in field trips is our dedication to advancing STEAM education,” said Polly Brasher, education director and one of the first employees of the organization. “At a time when American schools face shrinking resources and growing demands, it’s incredibly helpful for teachers and administrators to have DPA here in our region as a museum that supports their STEAM activities in the classroom. Together, we are igniting and inspiring the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators.”

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