Catch ‘Em All at PokeMonday Event on August 1!

In recent weeks, we’ve noticed a disturbing increase of usual activity on our grounds. It appears that the Greensboro Science Center is home to nine PokeStops and one gym, which has been attracting the attention of all kinds of Pokemon. These pesky Pokemon have been disrupting our staff, annoying our animals, and causing quite the commotion with our visitors.

Now, we understand that Pokemon are a natural part of our world and we certainly don’t mind welcoming the well-behaved ones. For example, Pidgeotto has tested our forward flight simulator and Staryu has been adding to the scenery in SciPlay. We are perfectly accepting of these polite Pokemon.

Pokemon Go - Pidgeotto and Staryu

However, we’ve seen a lot of inappropriate behavior that we feel must be stopped immediately. Meowth was spotted meddling with power tools during the construction of our new Destination: Dinosaur! exhibit. Pinsir has been perturbing our pandas, Beedrill has been buzzing around our gibbons, and Gloom has been drooling all over our floors!

Pokemon Go - Meowth Pincer Beedrill Gloom

We’ve decided that our best course of action is to request the help of Pokemon GO fans to help us catch ‘em all. On Monday, August 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we’ll be hosting a special #PokeMonday event, during which time we will be placing lures at many of our PokeStops. We invite you to join us, place some lures of your own, and help us catch these vexatious virtual vermin so we can regain control of the GSC.

(Also, please challenge our gym. Some of our staff have been battling for bragging rights. We would greatly appreciate it if you would take over so they’ll get back to work…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Maddy F.

At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Maddy F.

Maddy F.

I have been volunteering as a Zoo Docent since October 2014 and I try to volunteer 3-4 times a month.  When I was younger I would visit the Science Center frequently and always wanted to be a volunteer at some point in my life.  I started service learning in high school and thought that it would be a great opportunity to get involved at the Science Center since it has a great environment and I have made so many wonderful memories.

A meaningful memory that I have as a volunteer is when I was in the Discovery House and I had Floyd, the ferret, napping on my arm. A man and a woman came in the door with their son who was in a wheel chair. I greeted them and I knelt down low enough where the boy could easily touch Floyd and he smiled a big smile. His mother looked me in the eyes and said thank you so much and I could tell how appreciative she was. I could tell that I had made her and her son’s day. I love to see visitors so happy to see the animals at the Science Center and I enjoy talking to them and educating them about the animals as well.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary F

At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Mary F.

Mary F.

I have been volunteering at the Greensboro Science Center since October of 2014. During the school year, I volunteer almost every weekend as a Zoo Docent. During summer months, I volunteer one or two shifts a week in the zoo.

As a sophomore in high school, I was looking for a place to volunteer regularly. I was drawn to the Greensboro Science Center because I had been visiting there as a guest for my entire life. I didn’t want to volunteer just anywhere, I wanted to dedicate my time to helping others and contributing to a place that I adored and still be able to enjoy myself. I love animals, educating people about the world, and positive environments. The GSC was the perfect place to volunteer my time. It is a place that strives to do good for all types of people of all ages.

One memory I have of the GSC is of the time I was volunteering as the wallaby mascot for a special event. I spotted my teacher and her son while walking around as the wallaby, and immediately her son asked for a picture. My teacher was ecstatic because she knew it was me in the costume! The next day in class, she thanked me for spending the time to take a picture with her son. It was meaningful to me because it helped me make a memory with a teacher that has had a powerful impact in my life.

Volunteering is fun because I meet new people, have great conversations with guests who are interested in learning, and because it gives me something to do in my free time that involves science. It is rewarding to me because not only am I providing service to the community, but I am educating myself in many different areas. I am able to walk away each time I volunteer with a new lesson learned and a new memory that I can cherish.

Volunteer Spotlight: Paulette W.

At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Paulette W.

Paulette W.

Paulette says:

I have been volunteering at the Greensboro Science Center since January of 2015.  A typical volunteer commitment for me is 8-10 hours per month even though I work and go to school.  I’m a SciQuarium Docent and a BODIES REVEALED Exhibit Guide.  I also thoroughly enjoy helping out with events such as our Tuxedo Trot, See to Believe Gala and Brews & Bubbles.

Volunteering is always something that I have enjoyed, and have done so since I was 14. I have loved going to the GSC since I moved here in 2008 to attend Guilford College, so I figured I would volunteer in order to learn more about the animals and to be able to be a part of my local community. It’s also a plus that I get to come whenever I want to visit or volunteer. I also love being able to utilize the super fun SKYWILD!

The most rewarding aspect of volunteering for me is when I see what I have taught someone, particularly younger children, really makes a difference. I love being able to see a child take in information I am teaching them and see them utilize it – may it be more questions, or a smile, or perhaps they then teach their family what they just learned. That means more to me than most interactions. Also, I have met some genuinely great people through the GSC. I feel very comfortable and friendly with our volunteer coordinators as well as several volunteers in the Volunteer Program.  Events such as the Volunteer Appreciation Night really put an emphasis on such peer –to-peer interactions.

Volunteer Spotlight: Christine S.

At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Christine S. Christine has been volunteering for about two and a half years.  She volunteers once a week as a zoo docent and sometimes for special events.

Christine says, “I have been volunteering through my church as a faith formation teacher, in a grief support ministry and also for the Greensboro Youth Choir and I wanted to broaden where I volunteer.  I have always loved the GSC and started coming as a visitor before I even lived here, over 20 years ago.  I love all it has to offer to the public and have been impressed with the many positive changes, and knew I would be honored to be a part of this.”

Christine S

Christine says it doesn’t matter how many times you visit the GSC… each time is completely different and that is what makes volunteering so much fun.  “There is always someone that will make you smile, a child or an adult that says something funny about the animals.  The animals themselves can be funny and always are amazing to watch, and can also can make me smile or laugh.  It is so rewarding to be a part of that.”

“I also love when I can share something about the animals at the Science Center that someone didn’t know. Sometimes I’ll have an adult or teacher in a group come back to tell me that one of the children shared information they heard from me.  That is what we hope for, that information will be passed along.  That I can be a small part of that definitely makes volunteering fun and rewarding.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Robert P.

At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Robert P.

Robert P.

Robert says:

I’ve been volunteering here at the Greensboro Science Center for almost two years. I typically volunteer two times per month during the school year as an Exhibit Guide in SciPlay Bay. During the summer, I also volunteer as a Teacher’s Assistant for a few of the week-long camps.

Since I was a kid, I have always had a love for teaching science. The Greensboro Science Center gives me that opportunity to interact with children and adults of all ages and help prepare me for the real world.

I remember during the Summer of 2015, I was working on my last day as a Teacher’s Assistant and one little boy in my camp came up to me and gave me a picture that he had drawn of me that said “Have a great year and you are the best teacher I  ever had.” It was probably the best moment I have ever had at the Science Center

Volunteer Spotlight: Jake A.

At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Jake A:

Jake A

I started with the Greensboro Science Center in 2013 and have served in many different areas. During the summer, I have been a Teacher’s Assistant and an Exhibit Guide. Currently, I volunteer as either a Zoo or Aquarium Docent.

 

I was introduced to volunteering through another volunteer, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who was interested in the program. There are countless opportunities and the community that is created with the other volunteers and staff members is such a rewarding experience. They all share a love of learning and nature.

 

Every shift, I get to meet new people while sharing cool facts about the animals and the exhibits. The volunteer community is so welcoming and tight-knit, it is a pleasure to simply be part of it. The Volunteer Department seeks to share with visitors the awesomeness of nature. By interacting with other volunteers and being part of the program as a whole, this has a positive impact on visitors and myself alike.