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 Janice M. Janice says:
I started volunteering at the Greensboro Science Center shortly after moving to Greensboro two years ago. As a docent that is cross-trained, I volunteer both in the aquarium and the zoo at least once a week.
I have volunteered in each of the communities I’ve lived in, mostly in schools and programs that feed the hungry. I have always loved animals, and became a member at the local zoos as I moved. When I found out about the docent program at the GSC, I was thrilled to be able to combine my experience with children and my love of animals.
Once, while volunteering in the Herp Lab, a family came to try to help their young daughter get over her fear of snakes. She was afraid to even enter the lab at first. I showed her some of the herp residents through the window, then had her petting a turtle and by the end of her visit she was petting a snake. She was happy, her parents were grateful, and it was a very rewarding experience for me.
As a Tier 2 Docent, I love the opportunity to bring out animals for enrichment and education. Visitors love the opportunity to get a closer look at – and sometimes pet – the animals. I share interesting facts that I learn from the keepers as they work. This month, I learned that snakes can’t digest their food when the temperature falls below 72 degrees.