March 2023
Your Monthly News & Updates
Our Mission
To ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world
UPCOMING EVENTS
Continue your children’s learning adventures in some of your favorite spaces at Roper Mountain!
  • Explore the Environmental Science and Sustainability Building which is home to the highly popular Nature Exchange, Our Water Story, and the Sustainable Future exhibits. 
  • Search for life-size models of both young and adult dinosaurs along our outdoor Dinosaur Adventure Trail. 
  • Enjoy a stroll through our beautiful Butterfly Garden.
  • Engage in creative outdoor play in Wildwood.

Afternoon Explorations
First Friday

On March 3rd, Harrison Hall of Natural Science will be open in addition to the regular access points of Afternoon Explorations to allow you to mix and mingle with your favorite animals!

Afternoon Explorations
Third Thursday

On Thursday, March 16th we’ll be joined by Greenville Water and ReWa to learn more about how Greenville gets its H20!

TABLE TOP TUESDAY
We have two NEW ways to earn points at Nature exchange. Each Monday a mystery picture will be posted on Roper Mountain social media pages. Bring your guesses into the Nature Exchange to earn extra points.  We also hope you join us for Table Top Tuesday! You will have a chance to interact with science and earn points for Nature Exchange.  

FRIDAY STARRY NIGHTS
Friday Starry Nights

Big Bird’s Adventure: One world, One Sky 
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
4:30 p.m.
Friday Starry Nights

The Little Star
That Could
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
6 p.m.
Friday Starry Nights

Eclipse:
The Sun Revealed
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
7:30 p.m.
LASER PINK FLOYD: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Dark Side of the Moon with a special event Laser showing: March 10 and March 17 at 9:00pm.

MOUNTAIN UPDATES
Summer 2023 Camp Registration
Our 2023 Summer Explorations Camp Guide is now available on our website! Click here to see all the great camps we’re offering this year. 
 
Members Only Online Registration begins Tuesday, March 7, 7:00am

Public Online Registration begins Thursday, March 9, 8:00am

To check your membership status log into your account here before Friday, March 3rd so we can assist you with any issues before camp registration begins. If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact the Membership office at 864-355-8902 or email Audrey Pyle at apyle@greenville.k12.sc.us
You’re invited! Come celebrate Pi Day (on Pi Day) with your friends at Roper Mountain Science Center!

Join us for an evening of fun, hands-on STEM demonstrations, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and pie (of course!) at our first annual Pi Day Party, hosted by the Roper Mountain Science Center Association. The party will be held on Tuesday, March 14th from 6-8pm at our Environmental Science Building and is open to all adults 21+. Tickets include all activities, food, drink and are $50 per individual. Learn more and register here today - it's as "easy as pie"!
 Last day to register is March 10th.
PI DAY PARTY SPONSORS
MOUNTAIN HIGHLIGHT
We have loved welcoming over 7,000 first graders for our new auditorium “WOW Wonder Show!” In this show, students experience all kinds of science wonders from fog rings to awesome light demonstrations which connect directly to their science standards in light, sound and animal behaviors. Elliot, one of Roper Mountain’s bearded dragons, has become a breakout star–but he has not let all of the attention go to his head.
In October, Symmes launched a new 8th grade auditorium show, “The Force is Right!” In this interactive “game show style” experience, students compete (for bragging rights) while learning about waves, motion, and electromagnets. We doubled the amount of 8th grade auditorium shows this year compared to 22-22SY and will engage more than 3,000 eighth graders in this new standards based show! 
On February 16th, we organized a special Afternoon Explorations event “For the LOVE of STEM- Creating the Future” to celebrate Engineer’s Week 2023. Community partners DCBlox, Dodge, and Milliken conducted fun STEM challenges and activities with guests. Visitors got hands-on making slime, paper circuits, and conducting friction activities. Roper Mountain staff provided a Sphero robot challenge and led challenges with special speed-detecting cars.
DID YOU KNOW...
Do you know the signs of spring phenology to look for? Phenology is nature’s calendar, the appearance of life cycle events and the timing of when plants and animals change through the seasons. As spring arrives, days become longer and temperatures warmer and animals and plants respond to these clues from the environment.
Some of the frog calls to listen for in March are from these early breeders: American Toads, Pickerel Frogs, Chorus Frogs, and Spring Peepers (pictured). Come April, most of these male frogs will stop calling to attract females and other frog species will start calling. Look for insects to start to emerge, like caterpillars. Many birds time their nesting so that eggs hatch when insects are available to feed their nestlings. Insects often synchronize their emergence with the leafing out of trees.
Red maples are some of the first trees to flower. From a distance, you can see their red flowers before their leaves emerge. Some of my favorite early wildflowers are the trout lily, hepatica, trailing arbutus and bloodroot (pictured). Buckeyes are some of the first trees to leaf or green out.
On our trails here at Roper Mountain, look for early signs of spring and observe the phenology of seasonal timing of plants and animals. Visit us during our Afternoon Explorations to learn more about the animals and plants in our area.

By: Tim Taylor, Life Science Specialist
DONOR SPOTLIGHT
This month’s Donor Spotlight recognizes three Community Partners – Dodge Industrial, ScanSource and Piedmont Natural Gas.
Thanks to the support of these Community Partners we are able to purchase cutting-edge technology like these microscopes used by 5th grade students in the Where’s the Matter? lab. Here, students are investigating the conservation of matter by observing different reactions to determine how matter changes and where it goes!
We are also able to create exciting new stage shows, like Force, Impacts, and Energy, a physical science themed game show for 8th grade. This show demonstrates how much fun physics can be!
Thank you Dodge Industrial, ScanSource and Piedmont Natural Gas for helping us ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world!
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THANK YOU COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Visionary:
BMW Manufacturing
Bosch Community Fund
Community Foundation of Greenville
The Daniel-Mickel Foundation
Dodge Industrial, Inc.
Duke Energy Foundation
Fluor Golf For Greenville
Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission
Greenville County Litter Prevention
Greenville Water
The Late Ernest and Betty Lathem
Lockheed Martin
MetroConnects
Piedmont Arthritis Clinic, PA
ReWa
South Carolina Farm Bureau

Explorer:
Fluor Foundation
GE
South Carolina Charities
W.K. Dickson
Voyager:
Tom and Linda Hamilton
The Darrell Harrison Family
Brad Wyche and Diane Smock

Adventurer:
AT&T Foundation
AFL Global
Bank of Travelers Rest
ScanSource Charitable Foundation
Hal and Minor Shaw
Contec, Inc.
 
Innovator:
Rob and Katie Howell
John R. and M. Margrite Davis Foundation
Les and Kay Knight
Piedmont Natural Gas
Scott and Pam Powell
Ron and Tommie Reece
Publix Super Market Charities
Barbara Stone Foundation
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
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