It’s African Penguin Awareness Day!

Today, October 8, 2016, is African Penguin Awareness Day! The Greensboro Science Center is home to a colony of 20 African penguins. These birds are playful, inquisitive, and a general joy to watch. They are among the most popular animals that call the GSC home!

But, sadly, these beautiful and engaging animals are endangered in the wild. According to some estimates, they could be extinct in the wild in as few as 15 years. But, don’t despair! There are ways you can help – right from home!

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One of the leading causes of African penguins’ population decline is overfishing. You can help alleviate this problem by simply making sustainable seafood choices. The Greensboro Science Center is a Seafood Watch partner. As a partner, we are committed to spreading the word about making smart decisions when it comes to seafood. Be sure to pick up a Seafood Watch guide at the GSC during your next visit to help you make better seafood choices!

Another way you can help is by running or walking. You read that right! On May 20, 2017, we’ll be hosting our 4th annual Tuxedo Trot: Run for the Penguins. This 5K and Kids’ Fun Run is a fundraiser for SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds). All proceeds from the event are donated to this amazing organization dedicated to helping save this charismatic species. Registration for the Tuxedo Trot is currently available online at tuxedotrot.com.

Can’t wait until May? Well, we’ve got a way you can help right now! Our friends at The Cannonball (marathon, half marathon, and 5K) are giving you a discount AND giving a donation to the Tuxedo Trot with anyone who registers using code LOVEGSO through October 10!

Another easy way to help is to spread the word about the Tuxedo Trot to your friends, family, coworkers, workout buddies, running groups, and even random strangers on the street (although you may get funny looks). Like and share our Tuxedo Trot Facebook page and talk about the event using #tuxedotrot. Anything you can do to spread the word about this event will help us raise funds for African penguin conservation. Thanks for your help!

Fitness Gift Ideas “Yule” Love

Gifting experiences has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years. The Greensboro Science Center has a couple of unique gift ideas for those of you with active friends and family members.

The adventure-seeker in your life will love the rush of adrenaline that comes from conquering SKYWILD, our treetop adventure park. Featuring 60 elements located as high as 45 feet above the Greensboro Science Center’s zoo, SKYWILD is a great gift for anyone who might enjoy an experience that challenges both mind and body.

SKYWILDGift certificates to SKYWILD are available online at skywild.org. These gift certificates will allow participants two hours of adventure as they traverse the treetops on a series of exciting elements. After conquering the course, participants can spend the rest of the day exploring the GSC’s aquarium, museum, and zoo with the complimentary admission that’s included in each SKYWILD adventure.

If SKYWILD is a little too adventurous for the active person in your life, or if you’re looking for a gift for younger athletes, give them a reason to run with registration to a race that supports an important cause – African penguin conservation! The Tuxedo Trot: Run for the Penguins will take place on Saturday, May 21.

Tuxedo TrotA gift registration enables the recipient to enjoy a fun, family-friendly 5K that takes runners along a beautiful two-loop course along Lawndale Drive and through Country Park. Following the race, runners are invited to spend the day enjoying all that the GSC has to offer with complimentary general admission. Registration is just $30 through January 31 and can be purchased online at tuxedotrot.com. Kids’ Fun Run registration is available for children ages 10 and younger who might not want to participate in the full 5K.