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Groundhog Shadow Ceremony – February 2

Official Groundhog Day Shadow Ceremony

Our resident groundhog Chesapeake Chuck will make his seventh annual appearance to determine if Hampton Roads will experience six more weeks of winter… or have an early spring!  Will Chesapeake Chuck see his shadow?

VLM-groundhog-ceremony2014Join us for the day and stop by the outdoor amphitheater for our official ceremony beginning promptly at noon. WAVY TV 10 Meteorologist, Jeremy Wheeler will once again join us and will assist our prognosticating groundhog, Chesapeake Chuck to determine our future weather.

Chesapeake Chuck has been predicting since 2011.

“He’s the Cinderfella of the woodchuck world,” said CuratorialGroundhog with carrot Director George Mathews. “He’s our own Cinderella for March madness – a small town groundhog at a small event, but a pretty good predictor.”

Chesapeake Chuck prepares for his prognosticating duties with special exercise and diet – particularly corn on the cob.

Forget Punxsutawney Phil… he has nothing on Hampton Roads own Chesapeake Chuck!  See you on Groundhog Day February 2.

Cost: Included in Museum admission.

Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm


vlm-groundhog-superbowl-webWolf the Predator, Groundhog the Prey: Who Will Win the Day? – February 4

It’s a “Predator and Prey” day at the Virginia Living Museum to celebrate Groundhog Day and acknowledge the vital role that predators – like wolves – play in nature. Meet “Chesapeake Chuck,” the VLM’s resident groundhog, and learn about the special adaptations that he and his relatives use to survive in a world filled with hungry predators.

vlm-wolfitems-webWe’ll also feature a special focus on wolves and their relatives, who are fascinating examples of nature’s need for a healthy balance of predators and prey. Enjoy a variety of games, participate in team activities, and ask questions at our artifact table. It will be your chance to earn tickets for either Team Wolf or Team Groundhog. At the end of the day, tickets will be counted and a winner will be announced for everyone to celebrate! Chesapeake Chuck will also make his Superbowl prediction at 1pm.

Time: 10am-3pm


Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful – March 25-26 * New Date *

alligatorheadExperience a close encounter of the reptile kind at the Virginia Living Museum. See a wide variety of native and exotic reptiles on display and in live animal programs. Guest exhibitors will display unusual animals.

Learn about the museum’s citizen science projects such as FrogWatch and Turtle Census.

Enjoy reptile-related crafts and planetarium programs (additional fee).

Take a special Reptile Weekend Behind-the-Scenes tour at 3pm (additional fee).

Helpful Paws, Extraordinary Dogs – April 8



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.



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.