Volunteer Spotlight: Sam H.

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 Sam H. Sam has been volunteering with us for just over a year.

Sam H

I have been a volunteer for one year, as of June, working as an Exhibit Guide in SciPlay Bay and Health Quest. There are also opportunities for me to work at special events like Pumpkin Palooza and the Tuxedo Trot. I tend to volunteer my required shifts and do more than required during the summer!

 

What drew me into volunteering is that I love to work with the public and children. My school, Wesleyan Christian Academy encourages us to volunteer and help the public.

 

Volunteering provides many funny experiences for us.  At the Tuxedo Trot 5K, I was cheering on people and we got to the end of the race. I thought there were some runners still coming and instead it was volunteers and I had no idea it was them! So I was cheering for them and excited for them to make the finish line. Then once I realized they were volunteers, we laughed!

 

What makes being part of the Volunteer Program rewarding for me is I get to serve the community. It’s also fun because I am in the know as to what happens at GSC before the public gets to know!

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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.

Introducing Kuechly

We, here at the Greensboro Science Center, are getting excited for Super Bowl XLIX this weekend! Perhaps no one is more excited than our most adorable football fan, little Kuechly.

Kuechly On Her Panthers Blanket

Kuechly On Her Panthers Blanket

Even though our beloved Carolina Panthers won’t be playing on Sunday, Panther Pride is certainly still alive and well at the GSC… In fact, we support our home team so much that we’ve named a penguin after one of our favorite team’s players… Meet Kuechly (pictured below with her sibling at about 10 days old), who was born on December 8, 2014 to penguin parents Pilchard and Possession.

Kuechly and Her Clutch-Mate

Kuechly and Her Clutch-Mate

You might be wondering why we named this little girl after Kuechly instead of another Panther. Well… let’s just say our lead penguin keeper MAY have just a SLIGHT crush on the real Luke Kuechly. Her birds, her rules, right? (Don’t worry, fiancé Drew… she assures us her heart is still yours.)

Carmen and Kuechly: Panther Fans

Carmen and Kuechly: Panther Fans

Luke Kuechly, if you’re reading this… We’d like to invite you to come meet little Kuechly! Just let us know when your schedule allows and we’ll set up a penguin meet and greet with your namesake. We’d also love for you to join us for our second annual Tuxedo Trot on April 25, 2015 (World Penguin Day). It’s a 5K and fun run we’ve created to raise money for SANCCOB, a non-profit organization devoted to saving endangered wild African penguins. Check it out here: http://www.tuxedotrot.com/

Please note: Kuechly is not on exhibit just yet. She’s still growing in her waterproof feathers and will join the rest of her colony when she sharpens her swimming skills!