Alyssa Fjeld Digs the Dinos


Is she digging for buried treasure?

You could say she already found it . . .


Alyssa began coming to Creative Discovery Museum as a young child with her parents. She loved Excavation Station where she could dig for dinosaur bones and learn about rocks and minerals.

Her passion, that blossomed at the Museum, inspired her to major in geology at UTC with future plans of becoming a paleontologist studying Pleistocene mammals.

When children discover their passions, you can inspire their lives forever. As a donor of the Museum, you have helped spark a future and a career for Alyssa. Thank you for your support. Today I am asking again for your help inspiring all children to explore, innovate, create, and play.

Alyssa’s parents encouraged her budding interest by giving her countless books about minerals and dinosaurs. “I just couldn’t believe people could get jobs working with rocks or dinosaur bones,” says Alyssa. “I knew that was what I wanted to do.”

As a student, Alyssa volunteered at the Museum at the Natural Treasures Trading Post. She helped children bringing in their treasures from the outdoors learn more about the item and trade for other things, such as fool’s gold or bits of amethyst. “I would have loved the Trading Post when I was a kid,” says Alyssa. Volunteering led her to working at the Museum as a Museum Educator while she studies at UTC. You will find her in a blue lab coat working alongside many other college students employed at the Museum.

Why do we need your help? Because ticket sales, memberships and program fees only cover 60% of our annual operating budget. Special programs, traveling exhibits and school outreach require additional support from our friends like you.

As an annual fund donor, your gift to the Museum will be an investment in our kids, sparking a love of science, art and learning that lasts a lifetime. Your gift will help pay for:

  • Exciting exhibits from the top children’s museums in the country such as Human Pluswhich will explore how engineering can extend human abilities
  • Free admission to the Museum for over 35,000 needy children and families a year
  • Educational special events such as Honey Harvest Festival and Chinese New Year
  • School programs that serve over 60,000 students a year in their classroom or at the Museum
  • Museum Apprentice program where 100 teen volunteers develop life and leadership skills

“Unless I had come to the Museum as a child, I don’t think I would have developed an interest in geology or paleontology,” says Alyssa. “It wasn’t something my friends were interested in at the time, but I became passionate about it.”

You can help provide opportunities for kids to explore things they may not be exposed to otherwise. Your gift will provide meaningful experiences and exhibits like Excavation Station that inspire our children. Creative Discovery Museum is a non-profit community asset created first and foremost for the families of Chattanooga serving over 250,000 people each year.

Please make your tax-deductible gift today. With your partnership, we can make Chattanooga the best place for a child to grow up. That is our vision.