Mission of the Spartanburg Science Center



The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center will provide science education and enrichment for the students and adults of Spartanburg County by providing educational programs, lectures and hands-on exhibits.



For the past 38 years, the John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center has brought scientific knowledge and supplementary science education to students in Spartanburg County. Last year, Executive Director John Green and the Science Center team conducted over 500 educational programs, which educated more than 25,000 children.  The Center’s aim is to educate these students while keeping the cost low.  Since the Science Center is a non-profit, this has been achieved through generous donations and grants.

The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. Specifically, the vision of the Spartanburg Science Center is to become the centerpiece for science education and enrichment for the children and adults of Spartanburg County by providing educational programs, lectures, and hands-on experiences.  The original mission of the Science Center founders was to establish a conservation center within Spartanburg County where land and people can be united for scientific, cultural, recreational, and educational pursuits.  The first Spartanburg Science Center was housed in the Springs Street School.

In October 2007, the Spartanburg Science Center moved into the Chapman Cultural Center. This new facility made it possible to add more in-house programs for students and adults.  A variety of hands-on exhibits, ranging from physics and engineering to biology and environmental sciences were added to the Center.

Our Staff

Dr. Robert Pettis

Executive Director- Dr. Pettis joined the Science Center in 2016 after retiring from public school education after 43 years.   He taught students science in pre-K through high school and also taught adults in undergraduate and graduate programs at USC-upstate and Converse College. He served as principal of Woodland Heights Elementary School and Director of Technology in Spartanburg School District Six.

Peter Lembcke

Educational Program Director – Peter Lembcke graduated from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Sciences. Since 2013, Mr. Lembcke has been an educator with the Watershed Ecology Center at USC-Upstate.   In his spare time, Mr. Lembcke provides care for hundreds of animals within 20 – 30 different species of frogs and salamanders.

Mary Levens

Officer Manager- Mary Levens taught public school for 43 years.  She was with Spartanburg District 7 schools from 1978 until her retirement.  She served as President of the South Carolina Science Council and is currently their Archivist.  Her love of science and teaching children has been her main focus throughout her career.

John Green

Executive Director – Emeritus- John Green is from Ohio where he earned his BS degree from Ohio University in Wildlife and Forestry. Mr. Green served as the Executive Director of the Spartanburg Science Center from 1979 until his retirement in May 2016. Over the past three decades, he has educated thousands of youth from Spartanburg and across the Upstate. Mr. Green’s goal is to provide science education to local children with hands-on opportunities.

Board of Directors


Jonathan Storm, President

Chip Johnson, Vice President

Jennifer Norton, Secretary

Rob Augustyniak, Treasurer

Julian Hankinson

Dotty Morris

Adam Newberry

Rich Rhodes

Amanda Richardson

Myron Shuler

David Sorrels

Sasha Stankovich

Board of Director Meetings


The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center Board of Directors meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at the Spartanburg Science Center at 5:45pm.

Persons interested in serving on the Science Center Board can contact the Executive Director or Office Manager by calling (864) 583-2777 or emailing to science@spartanburgsciencecenter.org

Spartanburg Science Center Contact  Details

Address: 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC  29316
Phone #: (864) 583-2777

Email: science@spartanburgsciencecenter.org

Executive Director: rpettis@spartanarts.org

Office Manager: mlevens@spartanarts.org

Educational Programs Director: plembcke@spartanarts.org