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Programs for Adults

Learning can be a life-long adventure. Join Virginia Living Museum staff biologists, naturalists and scientists to explore the natural world in special adult-oriented programs. Each activity-oriented program is presented in a relaxed, hands-on format and includes classroom instruction combined with opportunities to examine specimens from the Museum’s extensive collections and up close encounters with live animals. Come and share a journey of discovery with others who have an enthusiastic desire to continue to learn about the natural world of Virginia and beyond.

Advance registration is required for many programs. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator, at 757-595-9135, Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm.


Naturally Speaking – February 21

Winter Ducks of the Bay – Our Temporary Neighbors!

Speaker: Marc Nichols, Park Ranger, Sandy Bottom Nature Center

The summer tourist season may be over, but our feathered “winter tourists” have arrived! Throughout our region, many different species of migrating ducks have settled on to the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding rivers and ponds.  This is a great time of year to see these temporary residents as they rest, feed and prepare for the next phase of their seasonal activities and migrations.  Join Marc Nichols, Park Ranger at Hampton’s Sandy Bottom Nature Park, to learn about the lives of winter ducks of the Bay and surrounding waterways, where to find them, and how to identify them.  You’ll enjoy your winter outings even more!

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Time: 6:30-8pm

Cost: Free, but please register in advance.

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Naturally Speaking – March 7

Wolves: A Vital Role in Nature – Still Threatened

Speaker:  Carrie Bridgman, VLM Animal Care Staff

mammal-red-wolfFor so many people, wolves in the wild represent the Wild itself – reflecting both the will and the skills to survive, the dynamic connections between living things in the environment, and the freedom from a reliance on humans.  Historically, these fascinating and highly intelligent predators thrived on their own as a vital part of a balanced natural world.

Today, both because of and in spite of human intervention, some species and populations of wild wolves are recovering – and overall, their contributions to a healthy natural balance are recognized.  However, the story of the Red Wolf recovery program in the Eastern US is one of increased challenges, and a decrease of both state and federal support.  Please join us for an informative overview of wolf species throughout the world, with a special focus on the current status of the Red Wolf recovery program, under which the VLM’s own Red Wolves are included.

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Time: 6:30-8pm

Cost: Free, but please register in advance.

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Naturally Speaking – March 21

Mosquitoes, the Zika Virus, and Virginia: An Update

Speaker:  Betsy Hodson, York County Mosquito Control Biologist

zikaAs of October 20, there were 87 confirmed cases of people infected with the Zika virus in Virginia, and all cases are classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as  “travel-related”.  But with 137 “locally acquired” cases in Florida, what could the future hold for other parts of the U.S., including Virginia?

Mosquito Biologist Betsy Hodson will help us better understand mosquitoes’ roles as carriers and transmitters of the virus, as well as the current state of research and “on the ground” activities that are connected to controlling this recent threat to human health.  Please join us for this informative evening, and bring your questions!

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Time: 6:30-8pm

Cost: Free, but please register in advance.

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Naturally Speaking – April 18

Salt Marshes, Ghost Forests, and Sea Level Rise

Speaker:  Dr. Matt Kirwan, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

 Salt marshes are simultaneously among the most valuable and vulnerable ecosystems on Earth, and an important part of the Chesapeake Bay’s cultural and environmental legacy. Sea level rise rates in the mid-Atlantic are twice as fast as the global average. Some marshes are fighting back by rapidly building their soil up to higher elevations and invading dying “ghost forests,” while other marshes are rapidly deteriorating. Join Dr. Matt Kirwan, Assistant Professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, to learn about how salt marshes and coastal forests are faring in the Chesapeake region and beyond.

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Time: 6:30-8pm

Cost: Free, but please register in advance.

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May 20, 2017 Wildlife Photography 101

Are you using a digital camera and enjoy photographing in the outdoors, have a good eye and that wildlife photo did not turn out right, then this seminar is for you.  The course is primarily for upper beginners or serious hobbyists, who wish to take their wildlife/nature photography to the next level and own something more than a point and shoot camera.  Class segments will concentrate on wildlife photography by teaching the fundamentals (how the digital camera works, memory cards, appropriate equipment, megapixels, aperture/depth of field, composition) and advanced techniques of digital photography (histogram interpretation, use of ISO, Autofocus, light compensation, metering,  required shutter speeds, tools of the trade). Specific concentration will portray “how to get the shot” using different wildlife photo scenarios.

This is a three-segment seminar.  Part one, will be classroom instruction.  Part two, will be a short field session with students taking photographs within the museum grounds of live animals and applying taught classroom essentials.  Part three, will be back in the classroom to review captured images and applying a digital workflow using Adobe Photoshop.  At the conclusion of this course students will have an understanding of the basic operations of their camera, understand photography terminology, what it takes for a good wildlife photograph for both printing/web and tips to becoming a semi-pro photographer.

Requirements: Digital camera and camera manual.  Knowing what camera buttons do and where they are located and having a tripod would be helpful.

Instructor: Ken Conger

After a rewarding career as a Virginia game warden and Alaska park ranger, Ken has carried his motivation and enthusiasm for wildlife protection over to his passion of wildlife photography. He has attained both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree.  Ken’s interest in photography began at a young age.  Wildlife photography has always been his concentration. The majority of his images utilize available early morning and late afternoon light to capture the natural color and beauty of wildlife. His photographs are primarily taken within National Parks and Fish & Wildlife Refuges and strictly of wild animals within six of the seven continents. His annual treks to remote locations are to be inspired, obtain unique images, and hopefully to educate as well as encourage viewers to connect with nature as well as consider conservation.  A published author and award winning photographer (National Wildlife Federation, National Parks Competition, Sony International Photography Contest, Popular Photography Contest), receiving “Best in Show” within art festivals, Ken’s images have adorned a number of magazine covers and in numerous nature calendars. A wildlife photographer professional since 2010, Ken currently teaches wildlife photography through full day classes and private lessons, leads international photo tours and participates in art festivals along the east coast.

Age: 18 and above.

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Cost: $155

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