The Discovery Pier is in the midst of a transformation – taking an old coal dock and transforming it into a recreational amenity and community resource unlike any other in our region. See our plan here.  Our project has many components and will need philanthropic support to be realized.  Our most immediate need is assistance with funding a wheelchair lift and boarding platforms for our fleet of tall ships.

To insure access for all – from kids learning about invasive species as part of Inland Sea’s Schoolship program to a community member taking a sail on the Madeline and learning about our region’s maritime history – everyone deserves safe, dignified access to these vessels.  The Discovery Pier is in need of $20,800 to purchase a single, portable wheelchair lift and compatible boarding platforms for all the vessels.

If you’re interested in learning more about our plans or the different ways you could contribute, please give Matt a call at (231)409-4285 or send him an email at He would welcome the opportunity to give you a personalized tour of the Pier or go over our plans on a ‘Zoom’ call.

To donate, please check a check payable to:

Discovery Center Great Lakes
13170 SW Bay Shore Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684