Newport News, VA (June 26, 2018) – A $9,500 grant from Dominion Energy will support a new initiative at the Virginia Living Museum to engage and educate people of all ages on the importance of environmental conservation.
The funding will help the Museum develop five Pop-Up Discovery Stations, which are mobile exhibits with interactive displays on renewable energy, aquatic environments, reptiles and amphibians, native Virginia animals and ozone gardens.
According to Rebecca Kleinhample, Executive Director of the Virginia Living Museum, these Discovery Stations can be used anywhere on Museum grounds, indoors or outdoors, to enhance a visitor’s educational experience.
“We interact with nearly 300,000 adults and children each year,” Kleinhample said. “One of our goals is to create citizen scientists who will embrace conservation efforts and activities after they leave the museum and these Discovery Stations align perfectly with that long-term mission.”
Kleinhample noted that the first pop-up unit will be ready in early July. “Thanks to this generous grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the five Discovery Stations will be active by the end of the summer,” she said.
As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, Dominion Energy awarded $1 million in Environmental Education and Stewardship grants to a variety of initiatives across the company’s footprint. Donations were shared by nearly 130 nonprofit organizations and schools working to improve natural spaces or encourage environmental stewardship in 12 states.