Our Mission: The Greensboro Science Center's conservation mission is to preserve species and habitats through on-site programs, community awareness, field studies and fundraising for local and global conservation efforts.
Our Vision: Conservation and preservation of animals and habitats can only be realized by altering individual habits and behaviors, and by working collaboratively with organizations, academics and governing bodies to better our environment.
Your small change is making a big difference!
Every time you visit the GSC you are supporting wildlife conservation. Twenty-five cents of each admission ticket is allocated to conservation efforts. Upon entry, you will receive a token that allows you to cast a vote for 1 of 3 conservation projects. Projects currently include:
Organization: Komodo Survival Program
Species IUCN Status - Vulnerable
Established in 2007, the Komodo Survival Program exists to research and monitor populations of Komodo dragons in the wild to conserve the species and its habitat. The organization educates locals about Komodo dragons and trains Indonesian conservationists to assist with population management and habitat conservation.
Learn more: komododragon.org
Organization: NC Coastal Land Trust
Species IUCN Status - Vulnerable
Established in 1992, the NC Coastal Land Trust conserves natural areas to enrich the coastal community as well as educate visitors about land stewardship. One such unique space is the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden formed through a partnership with the City of Wilmington. The park is open to the public so visitors can learn about carnivorous plants including the Venus flytrap. The trust has a Venus flytrap fund to sustain and manage this rare and special plant.
Learn more: coastallandtrust.org
SHARKS & OCEANS
Species: All marine life
Established in 2001, Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Oceana seeks to find practical solutions to restore our world’s oceans. While not focused on any one species, the organization influences decisions that address many ocean issues, from over-fishing, to shark finning.
Learn more: oceana.org
The GSC is home to 7 bluebird houses that are maintained and monitored for activity and tracked in a national database. Many of the houses are inhabited each year, however, nearly half of the houses are claimed by Carolina chickadees. All inhabitants and their nesting activity are recorded on nestwatch.org. NestWatch’s monitoring program helps scientists understand bird population nesting over time. It assists in understanding how influences such as climate change, habitat degradation and urban expansion impact species.
The GSC is home to three honey bee hives and three butterfly gardens located throughout the zoo. The hives are maintained by the GSC’s volunteer bee keeper, Linda Walbridge and GSC horticulture team led by lead horticulturist, Chandra Metheny. The horticulture staff also maintain the gardens which receive natural pest control and water from rain collecting barrels. Honey bees and monarch butterflies are two pollinators that have seen decline in the past 50 years and by informing the public and providing food and housing for these species the GSC is doing its part to help save these unique and crucial species.
The local T Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society donated two brown-headed nuthatch houses to the GSC in 2015. These houses are located in the zoo, tucked in the woods out of sight of visitor viewing. GSC staff monitors the activity of the houses and any inhabitants and their nesting activities are reported to the Audubon Society. By tracking nest utilization and clutches we can start to understand how we can work together to provide habitats for this species.
Resource: Make A Little Room for the Brown-headed Nuthatch by NC Audubon Society
The Greensboro Science Center is a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch® program to help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices.
Humans have depended on food from the oceans for thousands of years. But in recent decades, the health of the ocean has changed and the availability of healthy, sustainable fish is declining. Pollution, habitat destruction, and overfishing are placing our oceans’ fishes in trouble. But we can fix this and you can help.
What is Seafood Watch?
The vision of Seafood Watch is to help sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems that will exist long into the future. They encourage consumers and businesses to purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that are sustainable. Seafood Watch uses science-based, peer reviewed methods to assess how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment and they provide recommendations indicating which items are ‘Best Choices,’ ‘Good Alternatives,’ and which ones to ‘Avoid.’
What You Can Do?
You can help keep the ocean healthy by picking up a Seafood Watch guide at the GSC and by following Seafood Watch on Facebook and Twitter. You can also download the free Seafood Watch app for up-to-date recommendations on where to find ocean-friendly seafood. With the Project FishMap app, users can share the location of restaurants and markets that carry sustainable seafood in our community.