Emerald Coast Science Center

 In 1989, the Emerald Coast Science Center opened its doors as the FOCUS (Families of Okaloosa County Understanding Science) Center. Initially the FOCUS Center was a volunteer run organization run by the members of the Jr. League. In 1992 it was decided to allow the organization to incorporate as a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation and during the next nine years, the FOCUS Center worked intimately with the Okaloosa County School System to provide lab-based activities at the center as well as at the local schools.

In 2001, the FOCUS Center changed its name to the Emerald Coast Science Center (ECSC) to better promote the museum as a regional science center for Northwest Florida now offers on-site programs including weekly hands-on activities, summer camps, evening programs, and field trips as well as in-school programming including SSA Enrichment Lessons, Family Science Nights, Mobile Planetarium events, and other programming.