Update for June 3 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions

Update: June 3, 2020

 

Regarding Summer Camp Check-in and Check-Out:

 

Please note that preschool campers will enter through Entrance A and all other campers will enter through the bridge in the garage. There has been a change to the times for check-in and check-out. Campers will be checked in no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and checked out no later than 5:00 p.m.

 

If you have questions regarding camp, please contact 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.

 


Update: June 1, 2020

 

Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent survey about your expectations for your next visit to Orlando Science Center. We hear you and are using your feedback as we develop our plans and procedures for re-opening. Orlando Science Center remains closed for now, but we are getting ready so we can all be together again soon.

 

Our team is working very hard so we can offer you and your loved ones an educational and enjoyable experience while keeping a priority focus on the health and safety guidelines established by the CDC, state and local governments. We will share more updates soon. We can’t wait to see you!

 


Update: May 15, 2020

 

Orlando Science Center is currently closed to the public. Our team is using this time to prepare so we can provide an educational, enjoyable and safe experience for all our members and guests while following safety guidelines from the CDC, state and local governments.

 

Please stay connected with us through our social media channels and www.osc.org for updates regarding our hours and procedures. Our team is working very hard to get the Science Center ready. We can’t wait to see you!

 


 

Statement Regarding Summer Camps

Orlando Science Center will be able to hold summer camps even if the building is not yet open to the public. In addition to developing an engaging and educational curriculum, our team has worked with the American Camp Association and their CDC liaisons to help us design a high quality health and safety plan to support campers and staff.

 

STEM Summer Camps for May 25-29 have been rescheduled. All Orange County camps will start on June 1. STEM Virtual Camps will also be offered online to serve those campers who can’t physically attend camp. Online Registration for virtual camps will be available by May 20 with these camps beginning June 1.

 

For more information, please visit www.osc.org/summer-camps.

 


Update: March 20, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

 

Dear Friends,

 

We are living through some very challenging days. Circumstances have escalated quickly while other things feel like they’re happening in slow motion. It’s very surreal to look outside and observe these gorgeous spring days while the world is going through such a tumultuous storm of events.

 

As you may know, Orlando Science Center has closed its doors to the public as a precaution in the interests of public health. We are doing what we can to support our community and I know you are doing what is needed to keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

It feels odd to see the Science Center empty right now. We are so used to families playing and learning, school buses lining the driveway, and inquisitive people of all ages enjoying those “aha” moments. This loud, busy wonderful place is very, very quiet. But it will be loud again soon.

 

For now, we are closed until it is safe to be open. When that moment comes, please know we will be here for you. We have been in this community since 1955 and we aren’t going anywhere. My team is spending this time preparing for when we can see each other again to make sure we provide you with the high quality, hands-on experiences you deserve and expect from us.

 

Even though the public can’t visit us physically, I encourage you to stay connected with us via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and our website. Every day, we are sharing posts to engage with you and your loved ones while you’re at home. We are producing content and recommending activities from peer museums and trusted sources for you to enjoy. And some posts are just fun facts or photos of our animal ambassadors to provide a happy break from current events.

 

Orlando Science Center is more than just a building in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. It is a community of passionate individuals dedicated to inspiring science learning for life. And that includes all of us, from our amazing OSC team to our members, donors, trustees, partners and volunteers, to each of you, your loved ones and our entire community of students, teachers, families and individuals. Together, we explore and share how science can unlock our potential, solve some of our most complex problems and create endless possibilities for knowledge, success and hope. Thank you so much for your continued trust and support.

 

Be strong. Be safe. We will see you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

JoAnn Newman

President & CEO

 


Orlando Science Center Continues to be a Leader in Sustainability

Clean energy is key to a sustainable future for all. Since 2009, Orlando Science Center has continued to lead by example for environmental sustainability in Central Florida.  Since 2010, the Science Center has been certified with Gold LEED status by the U.S. Green Building Council.

 

The benefits for green buildings are plentiful, as they cost less to operate, save energy, water, generate less waste and support human health. To achieve a LEED Certification, buildings must implement practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.  Buildings are then rated by the number of sustainability opportunities they implement. The Science Center’s gold status was based on our dedication to continued innovation regarding water conservation, energy efficiency, and overall sustainability.

 

Starting in 2009, the Science Center underwent a major retrofitting that made us the first non-profit in Central Florida, and the first retrofitted building in the area to become Gold LEED certified. The organization’s sustainability efforts have included an energy-efficient HVAC system, LED lighting upgrades, a full roof replacement, installation of a 45Kw solar power system, a building-wide recycling program and composting program to eliminate food waste.

 

On a global level, green buildings have the largest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Green buildings can result in energy savings of 50% or more and limit global temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius by 2050. Green buildings like OSC have reduced CO2 emissions by 34% in the U.S. and have kept millions of tons of trash out of landfills.

 

 “By using our green building as an example of how to address sustainability in our daily lives, we are able to have a meaningful discussion with our visitors about conservation,” said President and CEO JoAnn Newman. “It is our goal to create more experiences that will share a positive sustainability message and help empower others to be stronger stewards of our planet.”