August 2021
Your Monthly News & Updates
Our Mission
To ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world
Summer Adventure
Visit us during the final week of Summer Adventure Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Explore our new building & exhibits including the Orientation, Nature Exchange, Our Water Story, and Sustainable Future
  • Encounter the immersive traveling exhibit Be The Dinosaur
  • Pet a stingray in our Marine Lab
  • Discover our Living History Farm (through 2 p.m.)
  • Visit the new Outdoor Dinosaur Trails
  • And so much more...
Laser Days of Summer
Looking to beat the heat? Back by popular demand are your favorite bands set to lasers in the Hooper Planetarium! Cool off with us for two weeks this August for Laser Days Of Summer.

Chart-topping musical artists and genres that appeal to all musical tastes will be featured, including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Queen, Bowie, Prince, Pop, 80’s, 90’s, and more. Roper Mountain’s Hooper’s Planetarium features a 360-degree full immersion dome, state-of-the-art lighting, and dynamic 5.1 surround sound. It is the only publicly accessible, full dome within 100 miles of Greenville and serves the largest audience of any planetarium in South Carolina.

Get your tickets now, because these shows will sell out fast!
Afternoon Explorations
Starting next month on Tuesday, Sept. 14, join us Tuesday through Friday any time between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. for Afternoon Explorations! Continue your learning adventures throughout the school year in some of your favorite spaces at Roper Mountain:

  • Explore our new Environmental Science and Sustainability Building, including the highly popular Nature Exchange, Our Water Story, and Sustainable Future exhibits.
  • Search for life-size models of both young and adult dinosaurs at our outdoor Dinosaur Adventure Trail.
  • Enjoy a stroll through our beautiful Butterfly Garden.
  • Engage in creative outdoor play in Wildwood.

*Because of our ongoing school programming, Harrison Hall of Natural Science and the Living History Farm will remain closed. Last admission is 4 p.m.
Laser Days of Summer
Aug. 5 – 7 and 12 – 14: 5:30, 7:30 or 9:30 p.m.
Friday Starry Nights
Aug. 20 and 27
6 p.m.
Friday Starry Nights
Aug. 20 and 27
8 p.m.
 If you haven’t already, be sure to visit and sign-up for our popular Nature Exchange exhibit! Nature lovers of all ages can sign-up for a free account and will earn 100 points just for signing up, in addition to gaining 300 points in their birthday month! After signing up, you can bring up to three items per day, per person, that you find out in nature. You can accrue your points or immediately exchange your items / points for other cool nature items that we have, such as fossils, gems, and shells! Below are some of the do's and don'ts of Nature Exchange: 
  • Bring us three clean items per day that you found in nature!
  • Research about the item and tell us some interesting facts to earn extra points.
  • Take pictures of yourself out in nature or of some of your unique finds.
  • Draw a picture or create a project that is nature related.
  • Don't bring us any live animals or bird related items. 
  • Don't bring us more than three items a day. 
  • Don't collect items from State Parks or any items protected by law. 
The Nature Exchange is open for traders year-round, during select hours. Starting Sept. 14, you can visit the Nature Exchange from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays.

Happy exploring!
…that our honey bee observation hive is back in the Ecology Lab in the Harrison Hall of Natural Science? Soon after the Ecology Lab opened in 2007, the Piedmont Beekeepers Association set up our first honey bee observation hive for Roper Mountain. In 2017, a bigger and better observation hive with eight frames and a swing-view was installed by Eli Dover of Troop 11 as an Eagle Scout project. The hive was removed when we were closed due to COVID-19. We now have a new hive back on view; this hive was split off a portion of a large, established one and has a new queen bee inside. It is a small hive of approximately 6,000 honey bees – but has lots of room to grow.
Observation honey bee hives allow visitors to see day-to-day activities within the hive without disrupting the bees by looking through glass on both sides. Visitors can look for the following: the longer bodied queen bee; the few big-eyed drone (male) bees and the many busy workers (infertile females) which are the most numerous. Depending upon age, these are the jobs of the worker bees as they reach their life end around 40 days: cleaning cells, feeding larvae, producing wax, guarding the hive, visiting and pollinating flowers, and collecting pollen and nectar. In the hive, look for cells containing the brood (capped pupae), honey, nectar, and pollen. Also, look for bees doing the “waggle dance” to communicate where the nectar, pollen, and water sources are.

We would like to thank Tim and Eli Dover with the Carolina Honey Bee Company, our volunteer beeker Muff Harner, Steve Genta, and other beekeepers with Piedmont Beekeepers Association for enabling us to have this great resource through the years at Roper Mountain. When given the chance, visit our observation honey bee hive!  
Give Back To Roper Mountain:
We have loved welcoming visitors back and are doing all we can to keep everyone at Roper Mountain safe and connected. We are working to continue providing unique opportunities for our community to connect in person and virtually. A donation from you will help move our mission forward and lay the foundation for future success. Please consider making a gift to Roper Mountain today.
You can support Roper Mountain in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations. 1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device 2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings' 3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. We appreciate your continued support of Roper Mountain, now more than ever.
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Bosch Community Fund
The Daniel-Mickel Foundation
Duke Energy Foundation
Fluor Golf For Greenville
Greater Greenville Sanitation
Greenville County Litter Prevention
Greenville Evening Rotary Charities, Inc.
Greenville Water
John I. Smith Charities
The Late Ernest and Betty Lathem
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Michelin Charity Golf Tournament
Piedmont Arthritis Clinic, PA
Symmes Foundation
BMW Manufacturing
Fluor Foundation
Tom and Linda Hamilton
Ron and Tommie Reece

Fielding and Gally Gallivan
Neil and Joy Grayson
Greenville County Soil and Water
Hal and Minor Shaw
Spinx Corporation
State Farm Insurance
AFL Global
John R. and M. Margrite Davis Foundation
Rob and Katie Howell
Piedmont Natural Gas
Robert and Madison Wilson
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