March 2022
Your Monthly News & Updates
Our Mission
To ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world
Summer Exploration Camps
Registration for our 2022 Summer Exploration Camps is right around the corner! We have more than 100 week-long day camps available for completed grades K4 through 9th.
Online Registration Has Changed Since Last Year

Test Your Access to Camp Registration by
Wednesday, March 2, at this link:

  • Click on Member Only TEST of Summer Science (in blue)
  • Click Login to Reserve (under Ticket Selection on right)
  • Login using your email and password (or Create Account using instructions above). You will now see your name in the right corner.
  • Click on the + to change quantity to 1 (under Ticket Selection on right)
  • Click Add to Cart
  • Click Cart Symbol (upper right) and Go to Cart
  • Click Proceed to Checkout
  • Click Complete My Purchase

You should now see a green check and a message that your order is complete.

Please check your email and confirm that you have received an email receipt.
Member registration will only be available online this year and begins at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 7. You must be signed in to your account to access camp registration. This system has recently changed. If you have not set up your new online log-in since November 17, 2021, you must create a new one.

To set up your new online profile, click this link:
Click on My Account and choose Create Account. Once your account is established and you are signed in, you will see your membership information under your name and Profile.

If you do not see your membership details, please call us at 864-355-8902 or email Audrey Pyle
Join the RMSCA Board
Do you have a passion to support the purpose, vision, and mission of Roper Mountain? Would you be dedicated to working toward that through fundraising, advocacy, and volunteering? Each year, the Roper Mountain Science Center Association seeks members and adult volunteers to join our Board. If you are interested in serving as a Board member, please contact us via email for more information.
Win Tickets Through Roper Mountain
Disney's FROZEN, The Hit Broadway Musical, premieres in Greenville at Peace Center April 6 - 17, 2022. We've partnered with the show to offer you the chance to win four tickets to one of the shows starting March 15! You can win tickets through Roper Mountain's social media accounts, or onsite during Afternoon Explorations and Friday Starry Nights between March 15 and April 15. Tickets also available now at
Friday Starry Nights:
Beyond the Sun
March 4, 11, 18
6:00 p.m.
Details and Tickets      
Friday Starry Nights:
Ultimate Universe
March 4, 11, 18
7:30 p.m.
Afternoon Explorations
Continue your learning adventures throughout the school year in some of your favorite spaces at Roper Mountain as part of our Afternoon Explorations program.
Afternoon Explorations
Special Event
Join us on Thursday, March 10, to explore the wonderful world of natural science as we open the Rainforest Classroom, Marine Lab, and Ecology Lab in Harrison Hall as an added experience to that day’s regular Afternoon Exploration activities.

The Hooper Planetarium and Daniel Observatory have been busy! Fourth graders visiting during a school field trip are likely to visit either the planetarium (through the Earth, Moon, and Sun program) or the observatory (through the Solar Exploration program). Some lucky fourth graders have experienced both! The planetarium has also seen many second, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders on their field trips this school year. 
The public Friday Starry Night events have steadily sold out over the last several months. Each Starry Night show includes a planetarium show and, when weather appropriate, access to the observatory to see the large refractor telescope in action. We have slowly increased capacity, and are working towards getting back to full capacity.

In December of 2021 we asked for participation in Giving Tuesday to raise money for a new planetarium show. Thanks to many generous donations, we were able to purchase a new show – Magic Globe. This show will be featured in the 2022-23 school year field trips, but will make its debut at Friday Starry Nights beginning April 1. Stay tuned for tickets to go on sale and more information!

Finally, the Planetarium Specialist and Virtual Field Trip Coordinator are excited to welcome several Girl Scouts for Space Science Badge events! Each event includes hands-on activities for the appropriate Girl Scout level (Daisy, Brownie, or Junior), along with a trip inside the planetarium to view the sun, moon, stars, and planets. These events will provide most of the needed requirements for the specific Space badge. Our next event is April 29; tickets are available now here!
Science on Wheels will be premiering a new public program called “Coastal Critters” in June. This program will focus on animals that live along the South Carolina Coastline and will correspond with the national library summer reading program “Oceans of Possibilities”. As dates continue to add, check with your local branch for a program near you. Booked programs to-date include:
June 13 – Five Forks Library 2:30 p.m.
June 14 – Greer Library 3:30 p.m., Main Branch 7 p.m.
June 16 – Simpsonville Library 3:30 p.m.
June 17 – Taylors Library 3:30 p.m.
June 20 – Travelers Rest Library 3:30 p.m.
June 22 – Pelham Road Library 3:30 p.m.
…that South Carolina has a rainforest? Some of our mountain areas – like Lake Jocassee Gorge and Jones Gap State Park – receive up to 80 inches of rain or more a year, making them a temperate rainforest. These mountain areas are the only temperate rainforests east of the Rockies. The abundant rainfall is due to the moist air that cools with the sudden rise in elevation. Like tropical rainforests, our mountains are rich in biodiversity, even having colorful tropical rainforest birds that summer here.
Neotropical migratory birds are those that winter in Central and South America and migrate thousands of miles north in the summer, like to our higher mountains. In our southern mountains, food is more abundant and habitat is greater during the summer than in their dry-season rainforest habitats. On a recent December trip to the rainforests of Costa Rica, I saw a Wood Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush and a Common Nighthawk, all birds that I see here in South Carolina in the summer. Our guide mentioned that our longer summer daylight hours and fewer predators are also factors that aid in their breeding success.
In the winter of February, it’s hard to imagine our southern mountains as temperate rainforests. As spring nears though, these rainy, evergreen mountain forests will begin to fill with sounds and colors of arriving tropical rainforest birds. The forests of Roper Mountain serve as a stop-over or rest stop for many of these neotropical birds and some – like the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird – even spend their summers here. Find out more about our temperate rainforests by visiting during our Afternoon Explorations.

Submitted by Life Science Specialist Tim Taylor
2022 BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by TD SYNNEX
Ticket Sales and Volunteer Opportunities for the golf tournament are available and can be purchased to support Roper Mountain. If attending the tournament doesn’t suit your schedule, consider purchasing Birdies For Charity and designating Roper Mountain as your charity of choice! This fun option continues to raise bonus dollars by enabling individual donors to make a one-time flat donation or pledge one cent or more per birdie during the tournament.
Give Back To Roper Mountain:
We work hard to provide 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.
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