Please Support: A Message From Captain

It’s your best friend Captain here!

A lot has happened since I last wrote you in November. I’m reaching out to you today because I miss you!

 

Orlando Science Center cares so much about me, our community, and our whole world. As you may know, for our safety, we have made the decision to close for the time being. While I definitely miss seeing your happy faces and the cheerful squeals you make when we meet, I know this is for the best. My friends and caretakers, Tori and Madison, still visit each and every day and are taking such great care of me.

 

You are amazing. I’m always so happy when you buy a ticket to visit, or an annual membership to visit even more. Sometimes you give donations because you believe in me and my Science Center. Wow, that’s the best! All of these contributions give me the opportunity to educate you and your families and share the many ways that you can make a difference in our big, beautiful world. As a nonprofit, we couldn’t do it without you!

 

I, along with all my friends at Orlando Science Center, are asking you to consider supporting our operating fund that helps my 350  animal friends and our staff who call Orlando Science Center home.

 

I do hope you’ll join us. After all, we have a lot of work left to do together!

 

I look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

 

 

With all my love,

Captain

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions

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


Update: March 13, 9:00 p.m.

Orlando Science Center will be closed March 16-29, Re-opening on March 30

Orlando Science Center has been closely monitoring the status of coronavirus (COVID-19) through news reports and updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).

 

In the interest of public health, we have decided to be closed to the public, beginning Monday, March 16. Orlando Science Center will re-open on Monday, March 30.

 

Spring Break camps and STEM preschool are suspended, effective immediately. If your child is registered for Spring Break Camp beginning on Monday, March 16, please expect a phone call over the next two days from a member of our Education team. If you have questions about classes or camps please contact our Education team at classes@osc.org or 407.514.2112 on Monday, March 16. We will do everything we can to assist you.

 

This decision was made in the best interest of our members, visitors, students, staff and volunteers. Please be patient with us in the wake of this unprecedented event. For updates, continue to check our website and social media channels. We will do our best to respond to all inquiries and provide you with the most up to date information.

 

Thank you for your dedicated support. Members, donors, patrons, students and volunteers are essential to the life of our organization. If you can, please consider making a donation to support our ongoing efforts by visiting www.osc.org/support.

 

Stay safe and we will see you soon.

 

Sincerely,

JoAnn Newman

President & CEO

 


 

March 13, 12:30 p.m.

 

Orlando Science Center is currently open for business, but we are closely monitoring the status of coronavirus (COVID-19) through news reports and updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Please check back here for updates as this situation is constantly changing. 

 

Please know that the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our highest priority. At this point, the CDC classifies Florida as not experiencing widespread transmission. Orlando Science Center will continue to follow the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local government, and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

 

Although there is not widespread transmission in Orlando, we are taking proactive measures to continue the priority focus we always place on the cleanliness of our facility.  Janitorial Services have increased the frequency of sanitizing and cleaning throughout the facility including exhibits and classrooms. Our team is working extra hard to keep frequently touched surfaces clean.

 

We are encouraging all staff and volunteers to stay home if they are sick with any contagious illness and urging them to take all precautionary measures as the situation progresses.  We also ask that potential visitors please stay home if they show signs of sickness. 

 

Please use the following precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. (Throw tissue away and wash hands!). If there is no tissue or handkerchief available, cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs easily spread!
  • For additional information about prevention, select this link from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html 

 

Thank you for your continued support and know that our Science Center team is working to ensure that everyone in our care has a carefree and educational time with us.

 

We do encourage people with questions about COVID-19 to visit the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization for more information.