Orlando Science Center's exhibit halls feature a vast array of exciting interactive experiences! Learning has never been so fun with these hands on educational exhibits. From down to earth explorations in natural science to the high-tech world of simulation technology, everywhere you look, you'll find educational and entertaining opportunities to explore, experiment, and discover.
The Orlando Science Center is home to some of the most exciting traveling exhibits in the country. When these exhibits are in town they are only here for a limited time, so don’t miss the opportunity to see them!
As great as our traveling exhibits are, there are some exhibits that are the staple of the Orlando Science Center. NatureWorks will have you up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating reptiles. At DinoDigs, you’ll step back into the prehistoric age. Discover the dynamic forces and systems that shape our Earth, as well as other planets in Our Planet, Our Universe. Explore such concepts as electricity and magnetism, lasers, soundwaves, and nature’s forces in Science Park. No visit to the Science Center is complete without a trip to KidsTown, an interactive world dedicated to our smaller explorers.
Science Live! Programs
What’s the difference between a great visit to a Science Center and a memorable visit? Live programs. Our exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, our Science Live! programs are designed to bring the exhibits to life. Whether it’s a show in the Digital Adventure Theater or a one-to-one interaction with a volunteer at the Crosby Observatory, our live programs create the kind of impact that can last a lifetime.
Looking for little more “hard science” in your next Science Center visit? Look no further than the Science Stations located throughout the facility. Science Stations are a cross between exhibits and live programs in that they’re exhibits that typically include a live program to truly bring the experience to life. Science Stations provide an in-depth look at their respective subject matter in an entertaining way. Be sure to check your program schedule to see which Science Stations are conducting demonstrations on the day of your next visit.
The aluminum-domed Crosby Observatory atop Orlando Science Center houses Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. This one-of-a-kind custom-built telescope, along with several smaller scopes, are available at selected times for solar and night sky viewing.
More trees equal better air quality and no organization is more involved with trees than the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees. The organization began in 1972 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Arbor Day. Each year, the Arbor Day Foundation plants and distributes more than 10 million trees each year.
On a global level, they help to preserve rain forest land through the Rain Forest Rescue program. So far, more than 48,000 acres of rain forest land have been preserved through the Foundation’s efforts. Closer to home, the organization works with the U.S. Forest Service to plant trees in America’s national forests and the National Association of State Foresters to plant trees in state forests. Since 1990, more than 20 million forestland trees have been planted. On the local front, the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes more than 3,300 communities through the Tree City USA program, which honors cities and towns that are committed to planting and nurturing trees.
As part of an outreach program to children, the organization provides resources for childcare centers, elementary schools, preschools and parks to connect children with nature through the Foundation’s comprehensive Nature Explore Program. You might remember the exhibit we hosted, Exploring Trees Inside and Out. This exhibit was developed by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Sometimes, it's easy to think that it takes a huge effort to change the environment. In reality, it only takes a few small steps from everyone. Here are ten things you can do today to help conserve the air around you!
Combine errands to reduce "cold starts" of your car and avoid extended idling.
Shop by phone, mail or Internet.
Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines, for example, at fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go in.
Accelerate gradually, maintain speed limit and use cruise control on the highway.
Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned.
Fill gas tank during cooler evening hours to cut down on evaporation.
Avoid spilling gas and don't "top off" the tank. Replace gas tank cap tightly.
Don't ignore the "check engine" or "service engine soon" light if it comes on. Make an appointment with your repair technician for diagnosis soon.
Replace your car's oil regularly. Use an energy-conserving (E.C.) grade of motor oil.
The Florida Conservation Alliance is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that works to protect, conserve and restore Florida’s natural environment through citizen education and action. The organization’s mission is to make sensible conservation policies a top priority for elected officials, political candidates, and voters across the state. They accomplish this by educating legislators on pro-conservation issues and legislation, as well as supporting candidates that share their goals.
The organization’s priorities when it comes to water conservation are in line include funding the Florida Forever program and reaffirming Florida’s commitment to restore the Everglades. In addition, they support:
Making sure there is adequate funding for Florida’s regional water management districts to provide for water quality protection, adequate water supplies, flood protection, and natural resources protection.
Managing Florida’s water resources at the regional, not state level.
Ensuring that growth management laws and policies support sustainable use of water.
Promoting efficient use and conservation of water.
Opposing efforts to privatize Florida’s water.
To find out more about this organization, please visit their web site.
Publishing this article does not represent an endoresement of the organization. It is for informational purposes only.
Did you know there are ways to conserve water and save money? One way is through the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label. The WaterSense can be found on high-efficiency products, homes and programs. They provide water efficient options that give you the same performance and quality you've come to expect, but with the added benefit of water savings.
For example, did you know that standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm)? Showerheads that earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they use no more than 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense label also ensures that these products provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads on the market. To ensure this, the EPA worked with a variety of stakeholders—including consumers who tested various showerheads—to develop criteria for water coverage and spray intensity. Independent laboratories test showerheads for these attributes before certifying them to earn the WaterSense label.
According to the EPA’s web site, the average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy. In fact, a household could save 300 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power its television use for about a year. If every household in the United States installed WaterSense labeled showerheads, we could save more than $1.5 billion in water utility bills and more than 250 billion gallons of water annually, which could supply more than 2.5 million U.S. homes with their water needs for a year. In addition, we could avoid about $2.5 billion in energy costs for heating water.
At a time when energy consumption and independence is such a critical issue on so many levels, this small change clearly makes a big difference!