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Earth Day April 21

Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: VLM members free, non-members $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12).

The Virginia Living Museum will celebrate Earth Day with special activities for our animals and guests Saturday, April 21. 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. Visit the Goodson Living Green House and Conservation Garden for green building and gardening tips. Several environmental/governmental organizations will have displays and information about conservation measures.
There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways, thousands of native plants for sale and earth-friendly animal shows. Plus, bring your batteries, electronic equipment, old sneakers and plastic bags for recycling.

In support of Earth Day the horticulture staff will hold their annual Spring Native Plant fund-raiser sale April 21-22 and 28-29  in efforts to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape and educate gardeners about plants that are better left in the wild. Choose from an array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard! Click here for more information.

The Abbitt Planetarium Special Earth Day Schedule

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus museum admission.


Oasis in Space 11:30am
 Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef 12:30pm
Journey to Mars 1:30pm
Virginia Skies 2:30pm
Oasis in Space 3:30pm

Animal Enrichment Special Earth Day Schedule

Environmental Enrichment is the process of enhancing over-all captive animal welfare by providing appropriate activities. Look for enrichment in exhibits throughout the museum and along the outdoor trail. Also, there will be Education animals exercising in our “Animal Playground” located on the trail throughout the day (weather permitting). Stop by several times to see which animals are exercising!


Animal Playground 9:30am Outdoor Trail
Bobcat 10am Outdoor Trail
Otters 10:30am Outdoor Trail
Cypress Swamp Turtle Feeding 11am Cypress Swamp (Lower Level)
Alligator 11:30 am Cypress Swamp (Lower Level)
Coyote 12pm Outdoor Trail
Red Wolves 12:30pm Outdoor Trail
Vultures 1pm Outdoor Trail
Aviary (Pelicans and Friends) Feeding 1:30pm Coastal Plain Aviary – Outdoor Trail
Chesapeake Bay Aquarium Feeding 2pm Chesapeake Bay Aquarium
Beaver 2:30pm Outdoor Trail
Opossum 3pm Outdoor Trail
Animal Playground 3:30pm Outdoor Trail










  • Wildlife Response
  • Lynnhaven River Now
  • James River Association
  • Newport News Waterworks/HR Green
  • Colonial Beekeepers
  • Electronic Recycling of VA
  • Virginia Master Naturalists
  • Sierra Club
  • Hampton Roads transit
  • NN Shipyard Green Team
  • NASA
  • Williamsburg Native Plant Rescue Team
  • VLM Conservation Tent
  • Artwork by VLM Medical Team



  • Kortney with a K
  • The Neighborhood Harvest
  • Upcycled Jewelry
  • Art by Victoria Watson

  • Batteries
  • Old Sneakers
  • Electronic Equipment (including cell phones)
  • Plastic Bags for Trex Recycling Program



  • Eco-friendly Bags – HR Green
  • Tree Seedlings – VA Dept. of Forestry
  • Earth-Friendly Bookmarks & Tattoos – VLM
Animal Enrichment & Programs:

  • Special animal enrichments and feedings throughout the day
  • Animal Playground and Playtime from 9:30am-4pm
  • Amphitheater Eco-Friendly Bird Shows at 1pm and 2pm



  • Eco-friendly bird shows at 1 & 2 in the outdoor Amphitheater
  • Animal Enrichment & Animals in the Animal Playground throughout the day
  • Car that runs on Veggie Oil from the Wildside Cafe


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