The DiscovERIE passport is a 4 ¼” x 6” booklet which is redeemable for (1) FREE student admission and (1) FREE adult admission at twenty-three Erie County museums, and Erie Yesterday distributes more than 3,500 of them to 4th grade students throughout the County every other year. Students have approximately three months during the summer – Memorial Day through Labor Day – to use their DiscovERIE Passport. If they visit ten or more museums, students can return their passport to Erie Yesterday and receive a DiscovERIE Passport t-shirt, and if students visit twenty or more museums, they can enter their passport for a chance to win prizes, such as a new bike and more.
2012 DiscovERIE Passport Prizes
Haro Z1 Bike (Sponsored by Lake Country Bike)
Wilderness Lodge Ski Pass (Donated by Wilderness Lodge)
Be A Conductor for A Day – Drive a 40 ton GE Locomotive (Donated by Lake Shore Railway Museum)
Theater Tickets (Donated by Erie Playhouse Youtheatre)
Raleigh 2.0 Bike (Sponsored by John Adams Cycling & Fitness)
Be A Weatherman with Tom Atkins (Donated by WJET TV-24)
Steelhead Fishing Lesson (Donated by S.O.N.S of Lake Erie)
Skateboard (Donated by AAA)
The DiscovERIE Passport encourages families to spend time together learning and exploring. More than 400 students and their parents participated in the 2010 DiscovERIE Passport project, and their feedback has been inspiring.
Our whole family had a great time and learned so much about our area. I know that parents of younger children are hoping you continue this program every year.
Renee Dean (Parent of DiscovERIE Passport Student)
Together we discovered many, many “cool” things about Erie County history; got to know our county better; renewed our appreciation of the work of the friendly and informed volunteers…; and generally had a great time.
Laura C. Ryan, Ph.D. (Parent of DiscovERIE Passport Student)