The Tale of Two Turtle Dogs

Last week, John Rucker came out to the Greensboro Science Center with his Boykin spaniels (AKA Turtle Dogs). The dogs have been trained to literally sniff out turtles. Before getting down to serious business with The HERP Project summer campers, John gave GSC staff a little taste of what his dogs can do.

John Rucker with Jenny Wren and Mink

John Rucker with Jenny Wren and Mink

After a brief introduction, John said, “Find turtles.” The dogs took off! They ran around the edges of a pond, through thickets, and along a small stream on the hunt for their prize. After just a few minutes, one of the dogs, Jenny Wren, ran up to John with her catch in her mouth… Don’t worry, the dogs have been trained to be soft-mouthed, simply holding the turtle gently until John takes it from them. In a span of about 30 minutes, Jenny Wren and Mink found 2 eastern box turtles.

Jenny Wren with a box turtle

Jenny Wren with a box turtle

What did we do with the turtles?

The Greensboro Science Center is home to a 22-acre study zone for box turtles as part of the Box Turtle Connection. For the third consecutive year, GSC zookeepers have been finding turtles, taking photos and collecting data for the project, then releasing the turtles back where they were found. Data collected includes the turtle’s sex, life stage, length, height, and weight.

Collecting data for the Box Turtle Connection

Collecting data for the Box Turtle Connection

This information is added to a statewide database that will help determine the stability of box turtle populations. So far this season, six turtles have been found at the GSC’s study zone.

Want to get involved?

The Box Turtle Connection website offers a couple of different ways you can get involved, depending on what level of commitment you are able to offer the program. For more information about the project and to learn how you can get involved, visit their website:



Metallica Laser Show

Laser MetallicaOn June 25th at 7, 8, and 9pm the Greensboro Science Center will feature the Metallica Laser Show in the OmniSphere. This must-see evening laser show combines the rockin’ sound of Metallica and an amazing laser light show that dances across the OmniSphere Theater’s 40-foot dome. Concessions will be available in the Fresh Market Cafe.

Seating is limited. Stop by the admissions window or call 288-3769 to purchase tickets.

Summer Adventure – Go SKYWILD!

SkywildSchool is out soon…looking for an awesome activity to do with kids 10 years old and older this summer? Something that they’ll think is REALLY fun and will make you the COOLEST parent ever? Try SKYWILD!!!
SKYWILD offers 60 unique, animal-inspired challenges at pulse-pounding heights of up to 45 feet above the Greensboro Science Center’s Zoo! From simple suspension bridges and thrilling zips to challenging climbs and intense traverses, three levels of intensity and seven different courses allow you to create a summer vacation experience your kids will be talking about for years!

Make your reservations today! Book online at

Celebrate World Oceans Day

World Oceans DayWho doesn’t love a day at the beach?

The Greensboro Science Center is joining hundreds of other educational institutions, conservation organizations, and thousands of individuals around the world to celebrate Worlds T-shirt BagOcean Day. The event is being held Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10am – 2pm.

The focus of World Oceans Day is reducing plastic waste – specifically, reducing the use of plastic bags. Our education team will be on hand to show you how to make no-sew reusable bags out of old t-shirts. To participate, just bring in an old t-shirt and walk away with your own no-sew reusable bag.

For more information about the event go online at:

Beatles fans take note!

Laser BeatlesIf you are a fan of the Beatles and their music, you don’t want to miss this show. On May 28th, the Greensboro Science Center will host “Laser Beatles” in the OmniSphere with shows at 7, 8, and 9pm. This must-see event combines the classic sound of the Beatles with an amazing laser light show.

Seating is limited. Stop by the admissions window or call 288-3769 to purchase tickets.

Summer Science Explorations 2015

From amazing animals to rockin’ robots the Greensboro Science Center makes science fun and accessible with hands-on activities and learning adventures for ages 4-15. Our aquarium, museum, and zoo are full of opportunities all on one campus! Register according to your child’s age by the start of class.

New this year, explore the world of science with a dramatic twist.  Working as a group, students will develop characters, explore storytelling, and act out a performance written in their own words. The troupe will focus on the science behind light and sound including science experiments. Plan for the world premiere live performance at the end of the week!

Flyer for GSC Science Theater CampFor more information on all summer camps and online registration click HERE

The very first week of summer has morning workshops only and runs Wednesday, June 17 to Friday, June 19 to reflect the extended school year.