Volunteer Spotlight: Janakee C.

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 Janakee C:

Janakee

Janakee volunteering in the Herp Lab.

“I have been volunteering continually for the Science Center since summer 2015, though I did volunteer in the summer of 2014 as an exhibit guide. Currently, I try to volunteer every week as a zoo docent. I was drawn to volunteering at the GSC mainly because of the incredible notion that there were all of these wonderful animals, many of them endangered, so close to me. The opportunity to interact with people, something I really enjoy, coupled with seeing (and even handling some of) the GSC’s animals every time really called out to me.”

“I have so many wonderful memories from volunteering, and that’s what makes it so rewarding. It’s great to see so many people, ranging from dads with their toddler daughters to groups of friends out to see everything the GSC has to offer. Things like hearing a little girl tell her mother, “I tired. I go inside now,” or by helping a little boy pet some goats, and then being thanked profusely by his grandmother. These encounters really help me appreciate the world as well as feel like I’m making a difference in someone’s day. Something such as hearing a woman looking at the gibbons and sincerely telling her friend, “That is truly beautiful,” reminds me that there are still people out there (in addition to our wonderful staff!) who care and who appreciate the beauty in the world around us. That, in itself, warms my heart and makes it sing in joy.”

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The Greensboro Science Center offers three fascinating attractions in one wild destination! We are the only facility in North Carolina that offers an aquarium, museum, and zoo. Spend the day with us and come nose to beak with playful penguins, get eye to eye with awesome otters, explore the human body, experience Mother Nature’s fury and fun, and encounter exotic animals like gibbons, meerkats, and lemurs!

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