Shark Week Coasts In to the Greensboro Science Center

Press Release | July 24, 2017

GREENSBORO, NC – Shark Week returns to the Greensboro Science Center (GSC), with a little help from our friends! The GSC is excited to have REPREVE® with us on Saturday, July 22, kicking off the celebration by showing us how to take a bite out of plastic! REPREVE® is a high-quality, environmentally responsible yarn made from recycled materials, including plastic bottles. Greensboro-based Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), the maker of REPREVE®, transforms recycled plastic bottles into REPREVE® fiber to be used in products made by some of the world’s most influential brands, including The North Face, Adidas, Levi’s, Ford and more. To date, Unifi has transformed more than 5 billion plastic bottles into REPREVE® fiber.

Stop by the GSC on Saturday anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn how your recycled plastic bottles can be transformed into new products you wear and use daily. Participants can win a variety of REPREVE®-based prizes, as well as a behind-the-scenes experience at GSC’s Wiseman Aquarium!

We’re keeping the Shark Week fun afloat Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28, by hosting our own series of shark-themed events. Crafts, education stations and games will be available daily from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Daily themes are as follows:

  • Monday, July 24 — Munch, Munch Monday
  • Tuesday, July 25 — Toothful Tuesday
  • Wednesday, July 26 — Shark Wonders Wednesday
  • Thursday, July 27 — Thoughtful Thursday
  • Friday, July 28 — Freaky Friday

The Greensboro Science Center's aquarium is home to four species of shark: sandbar sharks, blacktip sharks, bamboo sharks and blacknose sharks. Sharks have been selected by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) as a signature species for SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction). SAFE focuses the collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to save signature species by increasing direct conservation spending as well as increasing work in the field and within zoos and aquariums, and through public engagement. Shark Week is one example of the GSC's involvement in this vital conservation effort.

Shark Week activities are included with general admission to the Greensboro Science Center. General admission is $13.50 for adults ages 14 - 64, $12.50 for children ages 3 - 13, and $12.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under and Greensboro Science Center Members are free.

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