Educator Preview and Appreciation Week

Educator Preview and Appreciation Week Has Been Extended Through Sunday September 20th!

FrogEducators are invited to preview the Greensboro Science Center free of charge through Sunday, September 20th during our regular hours of 9AM – 5PM with a current valid teacher I.D. Guests of educators will receive the discounted Group Admission rate of $10.50 + tax. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts. Admission includes the museum, aquarium, and zoo. Zoo hours are 10AM – 4PM.

Why: We love and appreciate all educators! You can also learn more about our school programs, OmniSphere shows, and all the wonderful opportunities the Greensboro Science Center has to offer teachers and students.

Who: All educators including:

  • All public school employees with a current, valid school / district I.D. (teachers, administrative staff, bus drivers, support staff, etc.)
  • All homeschool and non-public school teachers with a current, valid educator I.D.
    • If your I.D. does not have your picture on it, please present a government issued photo I.D. along with your school/home school I.D. at the Admissions window.
  • In-state and out-of-state teachers.
  • Day Care employees with a current, valid I.D. or current pay stub with government photo I.D.

When: Through Sunday, September 20th only.

Cover For Educator's GuideOur Educators’ Guide is online at

Schedule your group now for group visits, school programs, OmniSphere shows and the traveling exhibition BODIES REVEALED.

Still have a question about our Education Preview and Appreciation Week? Contact Terri Cooke at

Meet the Cast of TANKED!

As you might have heard, the Greensboro Science Center is getting TANKED! The popular Animal Planet series, TANKED, is building and installing a Giant Pacific Octopus tank for our aquarium. While they’re here, the stars of the show, Wayde King and Brett Raymer will be available for a meet and greet with Greensboro Science Center visitors. Space is limited, so read on to learn how you can have a chance to meet them.


DATE: Saturday, September 26, 2015
TIME: 10:00am – 1:00pm
LOCATION: Giant Pacific Octopus exhibit in the Greensboro Science Center’s aquarium

If you are a Greensboro Science Center Member:
From Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19, GSC Members will have the opportunity to receive TANKED Meet & Greet wristbands before they are available to the public. Simply stop by the admissions window on the left (look for the sign that says “TANKED Meet & Greet – Get your wristbands here”) to receive your free wristbands. Members can receive one wristband per person listed on their membership. Children ages 2 and under do not need a wristband to participate.

There are a limited number of wristbands available for Members, so we encourage you to get yours as early as possible!

If you are NOT a Greensboro Science Center Member:
Non-Members can visit the Greensboro Science Center’s left admissions window (look for the sign that says “TANKED Meet & Greet – Get your wristbands here”) starting Sunday, September 20 to purchase wristbands for the TANKED Meet & Greet. This event is free with general admission, but you MUST have a special wristband to participate. General admission is $12.50 for adults ages 14 – 64, $11.50 for children ages 3 – 13, and $11.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under are free.

Quantities are limited, so we encourage you to get your wristbands in advance!

Important Reminders:

  • Wristbands for the TANKED Meet & Greet may only be purchased on site. No phone calls.
  • The Greensboro Science Center is closed Friday, September 25 for our annual See To Believe Gala. Therefore, no wristbands will be available that day.
  • Depending on availability, wristbands MAY be available on Saturday, September 26. We encourage you to purchase in advance just to be safe. Follow us on Twitter – we’ll try to keep you updated during the week regarding how many wristbands are still available.
  • There will likely be a line for the TANKED Meet & Greet, so be prepared!
  • Merchandise will be available for purchase – cash only.
  • The aquarium will be open during this time, so visitors will still be able to enjoy the GSC in its entirety – including the new Giant Pacific Octopus exhibit!
  • Share your experience using #GSCTanked!

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: