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Akron Fossils & Science Center Entrance on Minor Rd. in Copley TownshipOur Mission

How we answer questions of origins is critical to how we view ourselves, our families, our community, our nation and our world. Are we the result of billions of years worth of accidental random processes? Or are we instead the products of design with a purpose? Could there be an intelligent designer who is the mastermind behind all that we observe in the universe? Our Science Center was established to try to provide answers to these important questions.

Our Science Center features hands-on guided tours and science activities. Our exhibits display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. We look forward to having you visit our 4,500 square foot museum and 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park.

We are devoted to teaching creation science and intelligent design models on the origin and history of life (in contrast to teaching evolutionary models).

Bill Sanderson with a mammoth bone from his private collection

 

How We Got Started

Our museum and outdoor adventure park (called Truassic Park) was built over a period of two years by William Sanderson and his good friend Dennis Osborn. A majority of fossils and artifacts in the museum itself are from Mr. Sanderson's private collection that he started when he first conceived of the idea of building a creation science museum.


Why Study The Past?

The museum's grand opening was in June 2005Because it is not possible to scientifically and empirically test an event that has occurred in the past, we must look at the remains from the past to properly understand how life began and what life was like so long ago. We must ask the question: Is the fossil record (and other lines of evidence from the past) best explained by an evolutionary model or a creation science model of origin and development? And which of these two models best predicts what we observe and are able to test in the world today?

A trilobite fossil from Morrocco visitors can hold at our museum


Come see our fascinating fossils and exhibits that ask the age-old questions of life. Find answers by using the tools of the scientist and historian. Come unlock the doors to truth with us. What you discover will change your life!

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Staff Directory

Our Science Center is run by a dedicated group of employees and volunteers that is overseen by our founder, operations director, and advisory board.
 

We welcome your phone calls and e-mails. If you have a general question but don't know who to direct it to please call the Science Center at 330-665-DINO (3466) or send an e-mail to our main office.

 

 

 

 

 

Join Our Team
Volunteer or see if we have any current job openings.


Our founderWilliam Sanderson, II

Founder & Director of Finance

Contact: 330-665-DINO (3466) | Send an e-mail

William Sanderson owns and operates a financial planning company. He has been in financial services for over 30 years, and provides individual financial planning, as well as financial planning through “Money 101” and “Asset Preservation” workshops.  

He has been an active member of several associations, including the Akron Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the society of Financial Service Professionals. He served on the Malone University Graduate School Advisory Board, and served for 8 years on the United Methodist East Ohio Conference committee on stewardship.

Bill served as a seaman in the U.S. Navy for one year and was given an honorable discharge for a knee injury received prior to his service. Bill was a middle school teacher from 1983-1986 and taught in the West Clermont and Cincinnati Princeton School Districts of Ohio. As a former school teacher Bill has always maintained an active interest in all sciences. Reading, studying and inquiring led him to found Akron Fossils & Science Center in May of 2005.  

In addition to CLU and ChFC designations, Bill earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Miami University in Ohio, and a Masters Degree from Malone College, where he wrote his graduation paper on financial planning for professional clergy. 

Bill is married and is a dedicated father and grandfather.

Bill is the lead guide for our annual Wilderness Canoe Trip. He is also an active participant behind-the-scenes of the Science Center.

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Megan BeaverMegan Beaver

B.S. Zoology 

Director of Operations & Living Collection Curator
 

Contact: 330-665-DINO (3466) | Send an e-mail
 

Megan is our Resident Zoologist and takes care of our Living Collection. She has a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from Kent State University and is certified in Project WILD, Aquatic Project WILD, and Growing Up WILD through the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Megan has worked with many wildlife species including great horned owls, red tailed hawks, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, bats, and snapping turtles. Megan actively studies in many scientific fields to share current science news and discoveries with guests to the Museum and to improve the exhibits.

Megan loves to spend time with family and friends and her pets, which include three dogs, a cat, a horse, and a raccoon.

Megan oversees our Zoology Department, Creature Feature Workshops, traveling Animal Tracks Program, exhibit design and installation, reservations for groups and families, Truassic Park operations, speaking engagements, and our volunteer projects. 

 

 

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Our Science Teacher

Cindy Julius

B.S. Biology

Education Director & Fossil Replica Manufacturer


Contact: 330-665-DINO (3466) | Send an e-mail

Cindy Julius, a home school veteran of over 20 years, has taught math and science from a creation worldview for families, entry level college students and her own daughter.  With a B.S. in Biology from Cleveland State University, her hands on experiences in blood banking, air pollution, histology and immunology labs allow her to pass on respect for good laboratory skills to her students.  Home school instruction thrust her into the need to be innovative and interactive with students from a variety of backgrounds and skills.  Although taking time to explain science from more than one world view, she feels that students who appreciate the design that is so prominent in our world will have the edge when it comes to innovations for the future. “They will be willing to look at the world in ways that others refuse to see.” She is available to be a supportive addition to your home school creation goals.

Cindy oversees our annual rappelling trip in Hocking Hills and annual Science Fair Convention, as well as manufactures fossil replicas for our Gift Shop. Read Cindy's blog posts to see what her students are doing next in class or for the Viers Ditch Research Project.

 

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Our new Children's DirectorJodie Brewer

Program Director


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As the Program Director at our Science Center, Jodie Brewer creates and directs action-packed camps, science classes, and birthday parties for children ages 5-12. She has 17 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults.  Jodie is also the author of many educational children's programs like Camp Creation, Searching the Scriptures, and Sleepover Sisters that she oversees in churches in the Akron area. She enjoys learning about creation science and sharing her knowledge with others. 

Jodie is a home-educator and enjoys reading, creating, organizing and spending time with her family.

Jodie oversees our Creation Day Camps, Super Science Saturday program, and hosts our Birthday Parties.

 

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   Jacki Rogers       

    Office Manager


    Contact: 330-665-DINO (3466) | Send an e-mail

Jacki is our very organized, detail-oriented office manager. Jacki has been an Administrative Assistant for over 12 years. She finds the job rewarding because she loves to organize and brainstorm ideas with her co-workers. Challenges at work just make the job that much more rewarding.

Jacki has been married to her husband Ron for 29 years, and together they love to ride their 1986 Harley Lowrider. They have taken many vacations on that bike.  Jacki is a casual bird watcher and has a passion for the American crow and hummingbirds. She joined our team in early 2013 and has been a great help in the everyday operations.

Jacki is involved with the annual Silent Auction fundraiser, and oversees the Gift Shop inventory, donation processingreservations for groups and families, as well as our volunteer projects. 

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Josiah DetwilerJosiah Detwiler

Adjunct Speaker & Web Consultant


Contact: 330-665-DINO (3466) | Send an e-mail

Josiah Detwiler (aka "Dino Joe") has served in various rolls and capacities at our Science Center from it's inception in 2005. Josiah currently serves as an adjunct speaker and website designer for the Museum. 

Josiah lives with his wife, Melody, and their three children.

Josiah speaks to groups of all ages and helps to lead and organize our field trips to Niagara Falls. He also writes for our blog about interesting things relating to science and religion.

 

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