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Community Conservation Challenge


Share your passion for FUN education, conservation, biodiversity, and nature with
the Virginia Living Museum NOW through May 19 in the Community Conservation

Everyone in the community can become a Museum Ambassador! IT’S EASY!
Join as an Individual – inspire your friends to support you
Form a Team – round up your friends, office, family, or classroom
Become a Museum ambassador to:

  • FUND A FRIEND: Your favorite ANIMAL friend, with your favorite human!
  • FUND A PROGRAM: An impactful conservation program like the Wason and Lawson Fellowships, annual Turtle Census, VLM Green Teens…and so many more!
  • FUND A PURPOSE: Your preferred purpose like education, animal welfare and enrichment, or native plants!

Your passion will inspire, unite, and engage your peers to also become ambassadors for
nature education, conservation and FUN!  AND YOU CAN WIN GREAT PRIZES!
Thank You as we work together to serve others and enrich lives!

Join the Community Challenge


Saturday May 20, 2023

Time: 6pm-10pm

Celebrate the Virginia Living Museum’s conservation mission with an UNTAMED experience! This entertaining evening includes themed cocktails, a fabulous farm-to-table menu, elaborate fanfare, and an outstanding live auction!

Begin the evening outside, surrounded by nature, art and lovely libations. Next enjoy an artfully prepared progressive menu of local and sustainable resources to compliment the Museum mission of connecting people to nature.

Hear the roar as local legend, Bobby BlackHat, Virginia’s Blues Ambassador, award winning recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, comedian, and producer lets loose. Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism. You never know what’s gonna happen at a Bobby BlackHat show!

An electrifying live auction and paddle raise features both local live ANIMAL and regional experiences curated by Museum professionals. There may even be a few UNLEASHED opportunities tossed in by professional auction house Swisher Auctions.

Tune into WILDlife by wearing your most FEROCIOUS attire and dress to impress ALL the native species.

The Otter Ball Conservation Gala is the leading annual contributor to the museum’s conservation mission.  Help support incredible live experiences for students, families and friends every day at the Virginia Living Museum. Become a sponsor!

Limited ticket availability.

Purchase your Otter Ball ticket now!

Presenting Sponsor:

View 2022 Otter Ball photos on Facebook.


Live Auctioneer:

Justin Swisher, Swisher Auctions


To Be Announced

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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