History & Mission
The Weller Center’s mission is to measurably improve children’s lives by giving them, and the adults in their lives, the tools they need to make informed and healthy life choices.
In 1977 concerned community leaders began researching and planning the Weller Center—a teaching facility where children and adults could enhance their knowledge of the human body and the influences that impact its effectiveness. Incorporated in 1982, the Center was named in honor of Carl and Emily Weller, long-time residents of Easton, Pennsylvania, who provided a major gift to the capital campaign which funded renovations for the Center’s first teaching classrooms. In 1999, the Weller Center moved to a new location which featured additional classrooms and hands-on health-focused exhibits. At the same time, we began offering our high-energy programs “on the road” as small- and large-group assemblies. As the No Child Left Behind Act left many school districts with limited time and resources for field trips, districts across our region embraced the Weller Center’s outreach assembly programming which allowed students to receive all the benefits of a Weller program with the convenience of not having to travel to the Center's facility. In 2008, to meet the changing needs of the schools we serve, the Weller Center ceased offering programs at its Easton facility and became “all outreach all the time,” which allows Weller to focus more resources on developing and delivering high-impact health education programs.
Today, the Weller Center’s health educators travel to 39 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and reach more than 70,000 students each year.