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Helpful Paws, Extraordinary Dogs – April 8nn-k9


Celebrate the bonds of companionship and service that are part of our special relationship with dogs. Meet dogs (and people) from the Tidewater Chapter of Pets for Vets, whose mission is to unite deserving veterans with specially trained dogs rescued from shelters. Members of the Newport News K-9 Unit will demonstrate how these highly trained dogs help keep our police officers and communities safe. You’ll also see demonstrations of obedience training, competitive agility and more!

Time: 10am-3pm.

Included in museum admission.

Spring Native Plant Sale

Member Preview: April 20, 4-6pm
Public Sale: April 22-23, 29-30, 9am-4pm

Spring Plant Sale 012Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

The sale will be held in the Conservation Garden and as always, the Museum’s knowledgeable horticulture staff will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss the wildlife benefits of native plants and help with any particular gardening situations. All plants are nursery propagated and many are not yet available in the commercial nursery trade.

Sale held rain or shine.
Admission to the sale is free.

Earth Day – April 22

Home-page-EarthDay-nodateThe Virginia Living Museum celebrates Earth Day with special activities for our animals and guests. Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Several environmental organizations will have displays and information about conservation measures. Earth-friendly vendors will show and sell green wares. There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways, thousands of native plants for sale and earth-friendly animal shows. Plus, bring your batteries, cell phones and old sneakers for recycling.

Included in museum admission.

The Abbitt Planetarium wil feature this special Earth Day Schedule:

11:30am  Oasis in Space
12:30pm  The Friendly Stars
1:30pm  The Future is Wild
2:30pm  Virginia Skies
3:30pm  Oasis in Space