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“Feathers” Theater Program  –  through July 30

Dinosaurs were ancient reptiles with tough scaly skin right? Well, sort of.  Paleontologists have been collecting more and more evidence that some dinosaurs actually had feathers when they Feathers-Awere young to help their small bodies stay warm. Want to learn more – and have fun too?  Join us in the outdoor Wason Amphitheater for “Feathers” – a family-friendly short play performed by theater students from Christopher Newport University.

Days/times: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am and noon, plus Wednesdays in July at 11:30am and 12:30pm. NO SHOWS JULY 21.
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Turtle Census Field Work Observation – July 22


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Time: 9:30am-noon

Location: Children’s Learning Garden

Museum guests can observe VLM staff and volunteers as they conduct field work on the Turtle Census.  See how we are preserving native wildlife in Deer Park Lake and all of Virginia.  Learn how the Turtle Census process preserves and conserves.  Read more on our conservation efforts.

Blood Drive at the VLM – August 3

bloodmobile-15Location: Blood Mobile Bus on museum parking lot

To schedule an appointment, visit Red Cross website    Sponsor code:  VLM

Presenting donors will receive (while supplies last):

  • $2 discount for up to four people associated with the donor
  • free fountain drinks from the Wild Side Cafe
  • entered into a drawing for a pair of Kings Dominion Tickets.

Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Ice Age Virginia – August 6DSC_0026sm

Dr. Jerre Johnson returns to the VLM to showcase materials from the recent Mastodon dig in York County – plus additional ice-age specimens from the VLM collections.  Join us for his interpretive program in the Lab. Crafts and activities round out this day of ice age learning! Dr. Johnson, geology professor emeritus, The College of William and Mary, has been excavating the site of the second known mastodon skeleton found in Virginia. The site has produced dozens of bones and even a pair of tusks from an animal that became extinct about 12,000 years ago, at the end of an ice age.

Cost: included in museum admission

Time: Specimens on display 10am-4pm, lectures by Dr. Jerre Johnson 12:45pm and 1:45pm