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 www.greensboroscience.org/education/fieldtrips/

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 tcooke@greensboroscience.org.

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.

TANKED

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

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!

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!!!
Skywildtoo
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 www.skywild.org.

A Treetop Adventure

Skywild

Skywild Challenge

Experience SKYWILD and conquer 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 your own exhilarating experience!

Hours of Operation
Open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Except: Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day / Christmas Eve closes at 2:00pm

Rates (SKYWILD tickets are valiSkywild Logod for 2 hours of adventure.)
$46 – Individual Ticket
$40 – Greensboro Science Center Members (no other discounts apply)
$35 – Group Rate (10 or more participants, no other discounts apply)

Ticket sales close at 3:00pm. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis

SKYWILD opens Saturday, May 2nd. For more information go online at: http://www.skywild.org/

It’s COLD Outside!

There’s no denying it. It’s just plain cold outside today. When the temperatures drop, Greensboro Science Center visitors tend to (understandably) plan their day around access to heat and hot coffee. So, for those of you who are considering a visit this winter, we thought we’d help you out by answering a common question we receive this time of year: What’s the best way to enjoy the Greensboro Science Center when cold temperatures arrive?

We recommend starting your day in The Fresh Market Café with a cup of hot coffee and maybe a muffin to warm up after the chilly trek in from the parking lot. From there, take some time to explore the museum while you wait for the temperatures to warm up. Starting in the lower level of the museum, check out some amazing reptiles and amphibians – from an ancient alligator snapping turtle to colorful (and quick) dart frogs, there are a variety of animals to learn about and enjoy. Don’t miss a visitor favorite – the two-headed turtle!

Triceratops in the Dinosaur Gallery

Triceratops!

Upstairs, you’ll have the chance to enter an ancient world as you stand next to a T. rex, stegosaurus and triceratops in the dinosaur gallery. Check out some amazing fossils from different eras in our planet’s history and watch some entertaining and educational short videos featuring Indiana Bones!

In the Extreme Weather Gallery, you can experience all types of extreme weather… including bitter cold… without setting food outside! Grab a Category 5 hurricane with your bare hands, attract electricity as you reach for lightning and feel the force of a tornado as you explore the fury and fun of Mother Nature.

In HealthQuest, you can explore your insides with entertaining and educational interactive experiences. Pick a giant nose, smell intestinal gas and force vomit from a gut… all in the name of science, of course. After learning about how the choices you make effect your health, take a break for a nutritious lunch at The Fresh Market Café.

In the afternoon, if the chill doesn’t keep you indoors, make your way out to Animal Discovery Zoo. Keep in mind as you’re visiting that if it’s really chilly, many animals may be in the indoor part of their exhibits. Several species are just like you; they don’t want to be outside in these cold temperatures all day. Many of our animals enjoy access to their heated homes and some – like crocodiles and tortoises – will stay inside all winter for their safety…. they simply weren’t made to withstand cold temperatures.

On the coldest days, tigers may be the only outdoor exhibit where you’re likely to see animals. The Discovery House, home to small, friendly mammals, birds, and reptiles, is also open for visitors to enjoy. Docents may be on hand to allow guests to touch some of our friendly critters.

Tiger in snow

Tiger in snow

Cold afternoons are a great time to sit back, relax and take in a film. The OmniSphere Theater offers a different show each hour. From undersea exploits to sky-high adventures, there are a variety of films to choose from. The schedule changes several times throughout the year, so be sure to check our website for the current schedule.

And even though it’s cold outside, it’s always warm in the SciQuarium! Wrap up your day enjoying the antics of African penguins, rare fishing cats and a Caribbean reef community featuring sharks, stingrays, eels and more. You’ll want to be sure to catch at least one Animal Experience – for example, a penguin feeding, otter enrichment or shark feeding. Although the schedule is subject to change, you can find our daily schedule on our website.

Fish in Amazon Edge

Fish in Amazon Edge

So, back to the question at hand… What’s the best way to enjoy the Greensboro Science Center when cold temperatures arrive? In short, we recommend you wear a hat, bring your family along, and experience the indoor offerings you’re often too busy to enjoy when visiting in warmer weather!