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Living Green Earth Day Festival – April 16 – 22

Celebrate 50 years of Earth Day at the Virginia Living Museum!

The Virginia Living Museum has partnered with the Earth Day Network to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a seven day Living Green Earth Day Festival! This festival will include special activities with our animals and guests April 16-22.



History of Earth Day

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. During this celebration 20 million Americans took action on the streets, college campuses and auditoriums to protest the state of our planet and call for a new way forward. The first celebration was credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

Today, the Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet. As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches, the time is long overdue for a global outpouring of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to create a new plan of action for our planet.



Celebrate 50 years of Earth Day during our week long Living Green Earth Day Festival and participate in fun activities that will inspire you to change the world around you!

Living Green Activities


Spring Native Plant Sale

Member Preview: April 16 – 4- 6pm
Open to Public: April 18 – 19, April 25 – 26 – 9am – 4pm

Choose 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.

April 16- Naturally Speaking

Date: April 16, 2020
Time: 6 – 7pm
Speaker: David Samuel Johnson

Saltmarshes are a place of in-betweens. Sometimes they’re land, sometimes ocean. If you’re a snail with air-hungry lungs, how do survive an ocean smothers you twice a day? What do ghost forests tell us about a salt marsh trying survive as seas continue to rise? What lessons can we learn from salt marshes as we deal with an ocean that floods our roads, homes, and cities? Dr. David Samuel Johnson will answer these questions and more as he discusses how plants and animals (including humans) can adapt to living near an ocean that doesn’t understand boundaries.


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April 17 - Nevermore, Dinosaur

Nevermore, Dinosaur

Time: 6-7:30pm
Cost: Open to public
Nevermore, Dinosaur is a student poetry reading and display hosted by the Virginia Living Museum as a part of our Living Green Earth Day Festival.
Currently, the Museum is taking submissions for the poetry reading. Poems must be no more than approx. 300 words, should be appropriate for presentation in a family-friendly museum, can be in any poetic style, and must be themed to at least one of the following topics:
  • Environment
  • Conservation
  • Climate change
  • Wildlife
  • Extinction
  • Dinosaurs

Individuals whose poems have been selected for display or to be a part of the poetry reading will be contacted by the Museum in early April with additional details. K-12 homeschool and public school students are welcomed to submit poetry. Deadline for poetry submissions is March 17, 2020 at 5 pm.

Nevermore, Dinosaur is a free event and open to the public.
If you have any questions, please contact Deanna Moore at or (757) 595-1900 ext. 275.

April 18 - Living Green Community Fair and Earth Day Pajama Jam

Join us and our community partners for our Living Green Vendor Fair!

Purchase earth-friendly items from our green vendors and purchase art from local artists. Walk the grounds and observe our animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities that stimulate natural behaviors.

There will also be Earth Day crafts and activities throughout the day!
Time: 9am – 5pm
Cost: VLM members free, non-members $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12).

Earth Day Pajama Jam

Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: $7 for Member, $12 for Non-Members

Come dressed in the most popular looks from your favorite decade during our decades themed Earth Day Pajama Jam! Dance the night away with our DJ on the dance floor, participate in Earth Day themed crafts and activities and munch on yummy treats from the Wild Side Cafe. End the night with a bedtime story read by Mother Nature!

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April 19 - Living for Conservation Fair

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.

Featured partners include:

  • WM Jordan Company
  • NASA
  • Joshua Nichols and Luke Marston – Newport News Home-schooled students who won thee FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition for their “Bees in a Box” project

The Virginia Living Museum’s conservation team will also have tables set up to discuss the Museum’s 21 field conservation projects.

Animal enrichment activities will be presented throughout the day. Check front desk for enrichment times.
Time: 9am – 5pm
Cost: VLM members free, non-members $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12).

April 20 - Making a Difference Monday

Check the Virginia Living Museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts as we highlight volunteers, board members and the Envirathon team on the ways they promote conservation and live our green mission daily.

April 21 - Living our Mission

A little goes a long way in preserving our animals’ native habitats, and you can make a difference by making a few simple changes! Check the Virginia Living Museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts as we highlight the many ways you can incorporate green living into your day-to-day life.

April 22 - Virginia Living Museum Staff in the Community Day

Be on the lookout for the Virginia Living Museum staff and volunteers as we take our conservation initiatives out into the community. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates about where you can find us!


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