Greensboro Science Center Goes Batty for Halloween
GREENSBORO, NC — This Halloween, from 10a.m. – 2p.m., the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) and UNCG Bat and Mouse Lab will be having a “ghoul” ‘ole time debunking bat ta”boos” and teaching visitors about the many benefits of bats.
During the event, GSC visitors will have the opportunity to learn about echolocation from UNCG Bat and Mouse Lab representatives. In a hands-on activity, visitors will use special equipment to record bats, listen to their calls, and learn how to identify specific bat species by their echolocation calls.
The UNCG Bat and Mouse Lab says, “We hope visitors will come away with a better understanding about bats and an appreciation for what we cannot see or hear in the night sky.”
There are eight species of bats in and around the Greensboro area. These frequently misunderstood animals play a critical role in our environment. Bats found in Greensboro are insectivores and are crucial to the health of our ecosystem because they provide natural insect control. Many of the insects they eat carry disease and/or are pests that destroy our crops.
Visitors will also learn ways they can help support bats, including learning about bat boxes, light pollution, and how to protect and conserve bat habitats.
“The GSC exists to provide experiences that garner a greater appreciation for the natural world,” says Lindsey Zarecky, the GSC’s Vice President of Conservation and Research. “By collaborating with expert scientists to educate the public and promote the conservation of bats, we can bring a greater appreciation and empathy for a commonly misunderstood animal. We can only hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and maybe even a few bat biologists!”
Bat-related activities are included with general admission to the Greensboro Science Center. 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 and Greensboro Science Center Members are free.
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About the Greensboro Science Center – A premier family attraction in North Carolina that offers the state’s first accredited inland aquarium, a hands-on science museum, an accredited Animal Discovery Zoological Park, a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Dome Theater, and SKYWILD, an animal-inspired treetop adventure park. The Center is also NC’s only dually accredited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums) science attraction – an honor only 14 attractions in the nation can claim. The Greensboro Science Center is located at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.greensboroscience.org.