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Do you have a passion for educating children and adults? Do you love museums, history, and the river?

Apply to be River Discovery Center's Education Coordinator! Job description is below.

To apply, please send your resume to info@riverdiscoverycenter.org or 117 S Water Street Paducah, KY 42001.

Krystal Watson, education coordinator, moved to Paducah from Wynne, Arkansas looking for a
career change. She studied History and English literature before graduating from the University
of Central Arkansas. Krystal stumbled upon River Discovery Center and has been with us ever
since. Creating new programs and bringing fresh ideas to the table, she makes our days
enjoyable and enlightens our guests. Krystal’s favorite vacations are impromptu road trips with
her husband. She’s been across the map and loves to bring her fur babies along. She’s hoping
one day she’ll make... read more

Ingram Barge Company recently made a generous contribution to the River Discovery Center. Because of this, our Skippers program is coming back to the classroom! Skippers is a customizable educational program that emphasizes the importance of the river and towing industry. Through this program, students will build their own barge, drive our boat simulator, and participate in “deck school” where they learn how to be a deckhand. Students are able to hear personal accounts from river industry employees. Because of Ingram’s contribution, this is a free program to all schools, and we are so glad... read more

Chairman, Nathan Rowton

To many, he is a friend, mentor, supporter, but more importantly, family. Nathan Rowton was born and raised in Paducah, KY. After graduating from Paducah Tilghman High School, Nathan went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Murray State University in 1988. Ten years later, he received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toledo. Today, you will find Nathan at MrCool Franchising, LLC, where he serves as the president.

During his time off, he loves to play tennis. On occasion, you may find him... read more

Rare messages in a bottle memorabilia, 

filled with raw, human emotion. 

Found along the 

Mississippi River and other US rivers 

by 2013 CNN Hero of the Year,

Chad Pregracke, 

the Living Lands & Waters crew and the 

many volunteers over

19 years of river clean-ups.

... read more

Join us for the opening of
EJ's Otterville
a new play area for pre-school and
elementary school age children.
Wednesday, October 25th

Bring your children or grandchildren.
Come hear about our great new membership
program.  Reciprocal Benefits include 
FREE admission to over
Science Centers in the US!

... read more



Paducah Dragon Boat races earn silver for 'Best Festival'

EJ Abell (from left), Julie Harris and Dana Marvin of the River Discover Center in Paducah accept the silver award for Best Festival on behalf of the Paducah Dragon Boat Festival from the Southeast Festival and Events Association in Lexington on Tuesday. 

The ceremony was held Tuesday in conjunction with... read more

Today the River Discovery Center announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.  The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.... read more

Dragon Boat Festival

Frankfort, Kentucky, September 8, 2015 – The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has selected the Dragon Boat Festival as part of their 2015 Fall Top Festivals & Events.

The River Discovery Center brings the fastest growing international team sport to the heart of America’s inland waterways.  The 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival is held on the Ohio River, and the one-day event attracts over 7,000 people.  Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese sport dating back more than 2,500 years.  Each boat measure 41 feet, carry up to... read more

River Discovery Center Receives KHS 2015 History Award

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) presented the River Discovery Center in Paducah with a 2015 History Award in the education category Nov. 6 at its annual meeting and history awards presentation in Frankfort.

The center received the award for the Mound Builders Program, an all-day field trip that provides an immersive experience in which students take part in hands-on activities that introduce them to daily life of  indigenous Native Americans. Students also... read more