Greensboro Science Center Takes Flight: Two Exciting Announcements Give Wings to a New Era of Quality and Expansion
GREENSBORO, NC — The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is pleased to announce that it has once again been awarded Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation for another five years. On the heels of this prestigious honor, Sue Cole, incoming GSC Board Chair, has announced that the Cole Family will make a generous contribution for the creation of the Cole Family Butterfly House and Monarch Conservation Project.
Two Exciting Announcements Give Wings to a New Era of Quality and Expansion at the Greensboro Science Center
AZA accreditation is the nation’s highest standard for zoo and aquarium quality assurance. It represents the platinum standard in the industry and applies to the top 10% of all zoo and aquarium attractions. The accreditation hearing, held in Seattle on Saturday, September 22, was attended by 13 GSC leaders, as well as Sue Cole. It was during the hearing that GSC staff members learned of the Cole Family’s generous donation.
The Cole Family Butterfly House and Monarch Conservation Project will spotlight native butterfly species, with a special emphasis on the iconic, but diminishing, monarch butterfly. The future Cole Family Butterfly House and Monarch Conservation Project will create a lush, verdant garden space that sits nestled between the GSC’s Science Advancement through Innovative Learning (SAIL) STEM Center (currently under construction) and the original science center building built by the Junior League of Greensboro in 1957. The future 3,000 square-foot butterfly experience will:
- Bring attention to the fascinating life and plight of monarch butterflies
- Add another focal-point species to the GSC’s new Conservation & Research Department
- Inform the community of the importance of planting milkweed (monarch caterpillars’ sole source of food)
- Create a fun and dynamic seasonal exhibit filled with native butterflies
- Add a new educational experience focused on pollinators and their importance
GSC CEO, Glenn Dobrogosz, says, “The butterfly house project represents the continued metamorphosis of the Greensboro Science Center. Our ability to shed the past and bring new life to how citizens learn about science is good for our community in so many different ways. As more and more people “fly” into Greensboro to experience our three-in-one science campus, they will also see and experience the exciting tourism-focused metamorphosis taking shape throughout our community.”
The Cole Family Butterfly House and Monarch Conservation Project and the SAIL Center join the growing list of new GSC projects coming down the pipeline. Those projects include: the Greensboro Rotary Carousel, a new front entrance complex, the Revolution Ridge zoological expansion, an outdoor Komodo Dragon lair, a breeding center for Malayan tigers, and phase one of the Battleground Parks District.
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The Greensboro Science Center is 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 Theater, and SKYWILD, an animal-inspired treetop adventure park.
The GSC 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