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 Ken T. He says:
As a retired high school social studies teacher of 36 years, being an educator is part of my DNA. I also believe that volunteering is an important way to give back to the community in which we live. Since moving to Greensboro from Syracuse, NY, almost eleven years ago, I have had a number of volunteering experiences including: the North Carolina Zoo, the Civil Rights Museum, the Greensboro Historical Museum, Reading Connections and the Greensboro Science Center. I have been most drawn to the Greensboro Science Center. I originally volunteered there in the zoo, but since 2013, I have been a volunteer in the aquarium section of the Center.
The GSC has provided a learning experience for me that is far different from my time teaching in a classroom. It has enabled and encouraged me to share my enthusiasm for learning “new things” with our visitors of all ages. Getting a not overly enthusiastic adult to touch a sting ray is as much fun as watching the kids do so, over and over again. That’s what true learning and discovery should be-interesting, informative, and fun. That is exactly why I enjoy volunteering at the Greensboro Science Center.
The staff and fellow volunteers are a terrific group of people. They want the GSC to be a success. They want the community to be proud of what the Center has to offer and will continue to offer as it grows and reinvents parts of itself. I am looking forward to continuing my volunteering.