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Your contribution helps create and sustain a lively learning environment for children, families and learners of all ages. In the spirit of our namesakes, NASA Teacher-in-Space Christa McAuliffe and America's first astronaut, Admiral Alan Shepard, together we can inspire the next generation to Reach for the Stars!

Thank you for your generosity. Please click below to make a gift today!

If you'd prefer to mail your donation or make your donation over the phone, here's our contact info. Or just drop by with your donation, we'd love to see you.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301
603-271-STAR (7827)

For more information on special initiatives for which we are fundraising, please call us or email

Adopt a Star

Adopt a star in the Discovery Center's planetarium and help support the educational mission of the Discovery Center. You will receive a framed certificate* and your name or phrase will be shown next to your star during every "Tonight's Sky" planetarium show for one year (Star level) or ten years (Galaxy level).

Fill out an adopt a star form and mail it along with a check to:
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301
or fill out form electronically, email to Sherie Moore ( and place order via PayPal below.

Please choose a level:

Adopt a star is for individuals only, please contact us for corporate opportunities.
*Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery of your Adopt a Star certificate.

Wish List

In addition to your time and monetary donations, you can help us by donating something on our wish list:

  • Education Program & Outreach Materials
    • For an outreach assembly on the principles of flight:
      • Heat gun
      • Used but clean 32 gallon round trash bins
      • Diaper Genie refills
      • Electric leaf blower
    • Clean plastic storage bins (clear perferred)
  • Exhibit Materials
    • Letter sized (8.5x11") scrap paper without sensitive information for our paper airplane station
    • iPad or Android tablet (Android touchscreen phone, old iPhone, or iPod touch would work too!)
    • Working digital video camera
  • Tools & Equipment
    • 14' or 16' step ladder
    • Benchtop vice
    • Dewalt 18 volt cordless batteries or power tools
    • Large toolbox
    • Router
    • Miter saw
    • Compressor
    • Dremel
Do you have any tools not on our list? Questions about any of the items? Contact Will Swyers at

We are a nonprofit with IRS 501(c)(3) status; all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you have an item/artifact that you would like to donate that is not on our wish list above, please fill out our Intent to Donate form and mail it to (please do not send the item at this time):
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Donation Requests

The Discovery Center would be delighted to offer a voucher for 2 General Admissions to our Exhibit Galleries for your not-for-profit fundraiser. We require the following:

  • Request must be on organization letterhead and include the date of the event
  • Request must include a hand-written signature
  • Request must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope
Please mail your request to:

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Please send your request 90 days prior to your event to ensure you receive your vouchers on time. Thank you!

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Contact Us

2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301
603.271.7832 (fax)

Public Hours:

Fri, Sat, Sun:
10:30 AM - 4 PM

1st Friday of the month: 6:30 - 9 PM

Open Columbus Day and Veteran's Day

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