About Us

First opening in 2016, we hope to inspire a true passion for STEM through unique interactives, fantastic presentations, and hands on learning. Beyond partnering with local and national leaders in conservation, we constantly strive to educate and inspire people of all ages to get involved in their community conservation efforts. From weekly craft activities & book readings, to our better bags campaign, VIA Cares is our way of giving back to the community and environment.

In Fall of 2018 we were so excited to unveil our Amazon tank! Over three months in the making, our exhibit celebrates the the world’s largest river as you go below the surface in this diverse ecosystem. Moving into the future, we hope to continue this “biome” focused approach, allowing explorers of all ages see the beauty of the worlds many ecosystems.

We have been truly amazed by the wonderful response from the community and are proud to call the Capital Region our home. A lot has happened since we opened & we are hoping to move into a bright, long term future here in Schenectady.

Our Team

Tom Lavin – General Manager

Jim F – Guest Services Manager

Jade Bilen – Events Coordinator

Santina Stewart – Child Programs Coordinator

Alan Fanitzi – Marketing & Pr