Greensboro Science Center

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Greensboro Science Center
Date opened 1957[1]
Location Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Coordinates 36°07′48″N 79°50′03″W / 36.1299°N 79.8341°W / 36.1299; -79.8341Coordinates: 36°07′48″N 79°50′03″W / 36.1299°N 79.8341°W / 36.1299; -79.8341
Annual visitors 320,000 (2011) [2]
Memberships AZA,[3] AAM[4]
Major exhibits OmniSphere Theater, Animal Discovery Zoological Park, Wiseman Aquarium
Website www.greensboroscience.org

The Greensboro Science Center (formerly known as the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, originally the Greensboro Junior Museum) is a science museum and zoological park established in 1957 and located in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. It has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2008, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

History[edit]

The center was established in 1957 as the Greensboro Junior Museum. By its 40th anniversary in 1997, it was attracting some 200,000 visitors each year,[1] and attendance has continued to grow to 430,000 as of 2014.[5]

The current executive director, Glenn Dobrogosz,[6] was hired in 2004[7]

The facility received accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008.[8]

As part of a $20 million makeover, the zoo opened Time Warner Cable's Extreme Weather Gallery in May 2011, and the HealthQuest exhibit in June 2011.[9]

On May 2, 2015, the Greensboro Science Center opened its tree top adventure, SkyWild.[10] It offers 7 different courses with 60 challenges.[11]

A new aquarium expansion opened March 15, 2017 and the aquarium changed its name to the Wiseman Aquarium.

Attractions[edit]

Rhinoceros iguana in the Animal Discovery section

The Animal Discovery Zoological Park is home to animals including tigers, Bennett's wallabies, white-nosed coati, meerkats, black howler monkeys, and Nile crocodiles, and is designed to showcase the "Science of Survival." Attractions within the zoo include Friendly Farm, Kavanagh Discovery House. and the Davis Kelly Fountain of Youth and Discovery.[9][12]

The Museum includes a temporary dinosaur gallery, SciPlay Bay, Time Warner Cable's Extreme Weather Gallery, HealthQuest, and touch labs that include live snakes, lizards, and invertebrates.[13]

The OmniSphere Theater is a full dome theater where visitors experience everything from the stars to coral reefs in 3D.[12]

The Carolina SciQuarium is an aquarium that features animals including stingrays, African penguins, otters, fishing cats, sharks, mata matas, and moray eels.[14]

Plans for the Future[edit]

In 2009, Greensboro voters considered a $20 million bond referendum for the Natural Science Center. $10 million was planned for SciQuarium, a 250,000 gallon aquarium, more than 75 species of animals, and a stingray touch tank. $10 million is planned for renovations and expansions of existing parts of the center.[15] The master plan for this renovation was developed with the help of Cambridge Seven Associates and Moser-Mayer Phoenix & Associates, and phase 1 (the Carolina SciQuarium) opened in the summer of 2013. Phase 2 will include updates to the current museum, and phase 3 will include new animals in an exhibit called "Endangered Species Village."[16]

The Dinosaur and Mineral galleries closed for renovation of a new Prehistoric passages.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Regional Science Center Marks 40 Years of Service". Greensboro News and Record. October 15, 1997. p. 13. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  2. ^ "News 14". Charlotte News 14. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "American Association of Museums". aam-us.org. AAM. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference Year_2014 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ Retrieved 12-31-10 News-record.com
  7. ^ Retrieved 12-31-10 NATCSI.org
  8. ^ "Natural Science Center gains AZA accreditation". Business Journal: The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area. March 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  9. ^ a b "Natural Science Center of Greensboro". natsci.org. Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Skywild set to open at Greensboro Science Center". myfox8.com. 2015-04-24. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  11. ^ "Security Check Required". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  12. ^ a b "Natural Science Center of Greensboro". eenorthcarolina.org. North Carolina Office of Environmental Education. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Greensboro Science Center". greensboroscience.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  14. ^ "Carolina Sciquarium". greensboroscience.org. Greensboro Science Center. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Packer, Meghan (November 2, 2009). "Voters Will Decide On Natural Science Center Bond". WFMY. Retrieved 2009-11-04. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Science City, USA Master Plan" (PDF). greensboroscience.org. Greensboro Science Center. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 

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