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.

Saving Animals from Extinction

SAFESAFE is a national program that will harness the power of the 229 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their 180 million annual visitors to save endangered species in the wild.

One of the 10 species SAFE will focus on this year is the African penguin. Each year, the Greensboro Science Center holds a 5K and Kids’ Fun Run called the Tuxedo Trot, which raises money for the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.

Check out the pictures (HERE) of the 2015 Tuxedo Trot hosted by the Greensboro Science Center.  More than 400 participants took place in this event to help raise $10,000 …all for Wild Penguin Conservation. Thank you to those who ran, walked, or waddled across the finish line.

Don’t Miss It – Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species DayAs a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) the Greensboro Science Center is home to many animals that are listed as endangered. On May 15th we will offer guests the opportunity to learn more about the endangered species that live at the Center. Zoo Keepers will provide Keeper talks throughout the day highlighting the species that live at the Center whose wild cousins are on the endangered species list. The GSC is planning a day of festivities to learn about endangered species. Here are some highlights of what the day will entail.

We will have local artists and members of CARE (The Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered Species) on site creating works of art that portray the beautiful endangered species that live at the Center. The artists will discuss their work, their passion and their artistry. Educational Docents will be on hand to talk about the animals and answer questions.

Catch the buzz at our bee hives. Linda Walbridge will be geared up and talking bees! The Center is home to two active colonies of honey bees. Linda takes care of the hives and the bees. She will be talking about the Center’s hives and bees in the wild. Bees have been in decline of recent and great strides are being made to preserve these precious little critters who bring us beautiful flowers, honey, ice cream, and the list goes on. Learn what you can do to help the bees!

Sharing the garden space with the bees are our butterflies. Listen in on a butterfly talk with Alison Manka. Monarch butterflies are another species in need of help. And just like bees there are simple ways you can help to preserve the species. Alison will talk about planting milkweed in your yard and other ways you can help the species.

Have you ever seen a rain collecting barrel? Wondered how it works and whether or not it is something you can do? Join Chandra Metheny, the GSC’s horticulturist to learn about ways you can create and maintain your very own garden in an eco-friendly fashion. There are many yummy vegetables and fruits you can grow in your own backyard. Chandra will give tips and stories about the best more sustainable gardening options there are for yards of all shapes and sizes.

With so many fun options and neat things to learn, we hope you can join us for Endangered Species Day!

Endangered Species Day – Meet the Artist!

On May 15th the GSC is partnering with C.A.R.E. to spotlight endangered species that live at the Science Center. C.A.R.E. (Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered species) was founded by a group of artists from Greensboro, North Carolina, to celebrate artistic excellence in the use of fine art as a vehicle for conservation awareness and support of endangered species. C.A.R.E members are very excited to partner with the Greensboro Science Center in the observation of Endangered Species Day. It is the perfect alliance since the animals at the Center motivated the start-up of the group.

“More specifically, I have to give credit to “Rano”, the Fossa,” said C.A.R.E. artist Karine Thoresen. “On one of my many visits to the Science Center, we connected – well, not really. As I was standing there watching him people came and went. Children would exclaim “It’s a panther!”, “It’s a cat!” Their unknowing guardians would walk up to the sign and read that it was neither. Some made reference to the movie “Madagascar”, and then moved on, leaving me alone with the endangered species “Rano” and his fact sheet.”

Fossa

Rano, our fossa at the Greensboro Science Center

“Being an animal lover since birth, and someone who spends all day every day photographing and painting animals, I somberly realized that my knowledge was no better than the general public. This animal is endangered – near extinction! Extinct means forever! My mind was racing. How many other people do not know about “Rano” or the Fossa in general? And yet, here he is, an ambassador for his species, in my hometown, ten minutes from where I live. It was then I decided that all of the animals at the Greensboro Science Center should be painted. They deserve another voice, even if from a very small group in the community, the artists. Realizing I could not do this alone, I contacted Addren Doss and Andi Hennings, two of the finest animal artists I know, and so C.A.R.E. was formed.”

“We artists are a species of our own within the world’s inhabitants. We feel deeply, and communicate deeply. Our minds and eyes are always racing, seeking the light, seeking truth, reflecting inwardly, most of our time spent in solitude. Like the natural seasons are interdependent and necessary, we create in cycles, always renewing our source of inspiration and drive, and creating with urgency once we have experienced something we respond to. We cannot give what we don’t have. Our art can only take us as far as what we have experienced ourselves. We have to see to believe. We are passionate.”

Endangered Species Day was created to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation. It reminds us and teaches us what we can do locally in response to a global problem, demonstrating every day actions people can take to protect our wildlife and open spaces. Our fish, wildlife and plant resources belong to all of us and ensuring the health of imperiled species is a shared responsibility. Yes, it is overwhelming, and it is far from pleasant to think about human caused extinctions and degeneration of the natural ecosystem that supports both people and wildlife. It is easier to think of beautiful things, like art.

When you look at art, you simply have to respond with some emotion. My thought is if we succeed in capturing the beauty and soul of the animal through art, the viewer will respond to that animal with the same love and understanding the artist felt while creating it. We have to care for, love and understand the animal before we can be passionate about conserving it. Art and conservation goes hand in hand, and we are passionate about both!

Blog post brought to you by ~ Karine Thoresen~

Endangered Species Day – Meet the Presenters!

Join us on May 15th for a day of activities centered on learning more about endangered species. The GSC staff will be joined by community members to provide special presentations on animals ranging from bees and butterflies to tigers and sharks! As guests tour that day be sure to stop by and watch local artists at work. CARE (Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered species) will be located through the property showcasing their talents by creating works of art that spotlight the GSC’s endangered species. From sculptors to painters guests will get a beautiful view of these majestic animals as seen through the eyes of artists.

So, exactly who are these talented, smart, community minded people, well here’s a little background.

Linda WalbridgeLinda Walbridge – Bee Keeper – Linda became a beekeeper after observing a local beekeeper remove a hive from their family camper. The local beekeeper caught the queen and removed the bees to take them to his apiary. Since Linda was so intrigued by the process the beekeeper offered to show her how to keep the bees safely in a hive. Linda spent 2 years contemplating the offer. Then Christmas 2010 she received a bee keeper suit and all the necessary gear to get started with her own hive. And that was all she needed, she was committed! That began her now 5 year journey of beekeeping.

In 2013 Linda moved to Greensboro where she met with Executive Director of the GSC, Glenn Dobrogosz and Zoo Curator, Jessica Hoffman. They discussed the importance of bee education at a facility like the Center. After a lot of prep work and time, the GSC welcomed their first hives in April 2015. Visitors were really interested in seeing the bees at the Center and the Center is thrilled to work with Linda to educate visitors and tell the story of the honey bee.

Karine ThoresenKarine Thoresen – Artist – Karine Thoresen is a Nationally and Internationally recognized oil painter specializing in animals. Born and raised in Norway, she came to the US after high-school and studied art with the Hicks Art Center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She started out painting canines because they have always occupied positions in the animal world that were closest to our affections and they continue to play roles that mirror the activities and needs of the humans they live with. Karine’s paintings are present in private collections all over the US and Europe. Karine makes her home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Addren DossAddren Doss – Artist – North Carolina artist, Addren Doss, works in oils and pastel, and has been painting professionally for over twenty five years. Her paintings of landscapes and animals are filled with light and bold strokes of vibrant color.

Addren spent the first twenty years of her art career as a graphic designer doing corporate and freelance work. In 1990 she decided to follow her true passion, and began her career as a painter. Over the years she has studied with many noted American artists. She now feels the need and responsibility to use her gift to help raise funds for worthy organizations, and to share what she has learned by teaching classes and workshops in oil and pastel.

Andrea HenningsAndrea Hennings – Artist – Andrea Hennings was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1963 and currently lives and works in Greensboro, NC. Mostly self-taught, but inspired and supported by her likewise artistically talented father, she developed her realistic style, preferably expressed through acrylic on canvas.

Cecelia CoxCecelia Cox – Artist – Cecelia Cox is an accomplished artist who creates works of painterly realism. She works in oils, under north light. This beautiful soft light imbues the objects she thoughtfully arranges with an evocative tranquility. Cecelia studied art at Mississippi University for Women and the Atlanta College of Art. She continues her art study with workshops and classes given by well-known artist/instructors, including Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, and Sherrie McGraw. Cecelia is an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists and The International Guild of Realism. Her works are in many private and public collections, including that of noted collector of Russian art, Lyle Finley, and the collection of Elon University. Paintings have been juried into several prestigious national exhibits, including American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America and Salon International. www.ceceliacox.com

John GibbsJohn Gibbs – Artist – John is a multi-talented artist currently working as an sculptor, painter, illustrator and designer. John’s paintings have been exhibited at a number of galleries in the triad area. John received his B.F.A. in Sculpture and Scientific Illustration from the University of Michigan. His artistic education also included study in Florence, Italy (through the study abroad program at the University of Michigan), as well as at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began exhibiting paintings at galleries and festivals in Chicago while working as an Art Director for a marketing firm. John co-founded Super Duper Art Co., a gallery in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood before moving to Lancaster, PA. There, John was Artist in Residence at Keystone Art & Culture Center, a non-profit gallery and educational bronze foundry. At Keystone, he worked to establish the facilities, while exhibiting paintings and completing commissioned sculptures. John’s work was recognized by New American Paintings Magazine as a featured artist in issue #69, which represented artists of the Mid-Atlantic Region. John currently lives and works in Greensboro, NC and more of his work can be seen at www.gibbsgallery.com.

More About Endangered Species Day

On May 15th, zoos and aquariums across the country are hosting conservation-based events to acknowledge and educate visitors about the realities of animal extinction. Zoos and aquariums are home to many endangered species or species at a high risk of extinction.

It is hard to imagine a world without some of the most beautiful and majestic creatures such as cheetahs, polar bears, elephants and penguins, but that is a reality we face. We have all seen photos and paintings of these amazing animals, but it is difficult to wrap our minds around the fact that those photos may be the only remnants of some species a mere 100 years from now.

CARE

Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered species

To conserve the beauty of the endangered species that live at the Center, we are partnering with C.A.R.E., The Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered species. These talented artists and animal enthusiasts will be on site creating works of art that portray the GSC’s endangered species. They will capture a moment in time and conserve that moment in a painting or sculpture.

The artwork, once completed, will be available for sale. You can actually purchase that moment in time! The artists are donating 30% of the proceeds back to the Center to support the care of the endangered species that call the Center home.

In addition to seeing artists at work, visitors can enjoy presentations about our bee hives, our butterfly gardens, our monarch butterfly weigh stations, and special keeper talks focused on endangered species. Also, guests can participate in a scavenger hunt to seek out the endangered species that live at the Center. Hope you can join us!