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Earth Day Weekend 2022

Date: 4/23-4/24, 9am-5pm

Price: General events free with admission or membership, some extra prices apply below.

Celebrate Earth Day Weekend at the Virginia Living Museum!

We all live on this wonderful planet we call Earth, and that means we can all do our part to learn about how it works and how to help conserve nature’s beauty. Here at the Virginia Living Museum, we love teaching all about our state’s environment and how to take action against climate change. Over this weekend, you’ll take part in a wide array of activities designed to show just how interesting and fun conservation can be.

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Schedule

Saturday, April 23rd

Time Event
10am Bobcat Behind the Scenes Tour
11am Animal Meet & Greet
12pm Animal Meet & Greet
12:30pm Solar System Odyssey
1pm Animal Meet & Greet
1:30pm Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
2:30pm Vermiculture Composting Workshop

Sunday, April 24th

Time Event
11am Animal Meet & Greet
12pm Animal Meet & Greet
12:30pm Solar System Odyssey
1pm Animal Meet & Greet
1:30pm Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
3pm Reptiles and Amphibians Behind the Scenes Tour

Saturday and Sunday

Give Away and Give Back

Do you have lightly used towels, cloths, blankets, shoes or other items that you don’t use anymore? Bring them here and drop them off in any of the blue bins along the wall near the Front Desk. Items accepted include the following gently used items:

  • towels
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • washcloths
  • nursery plant pots (no cracks)
  • clean athletic shoes
    • please no sandals, dress shoes, boots, or shoes with metal-like cleats or spikes

Solar System Odyssey

“Solar System Odyssey” is a character-driven adventure set in the future, in a time when humans have depleted the resources of their home planet. A business tycoon recruits our hero, Jack Larson, on a mission to discover a new home for humans to colonize. The journey takes Jack, an important stowaway, and you on an exciting exploration of our cosmic neighborhood, including the icy rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s volcano-ridden moon Io and the sub-zero methane lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan. Can humans find another place to settle before the Earth becomes unlivable? And what will happen to our home planet?  Find out in this wild solar system adventure!

Price: $4/non-member (ages 2 & under free), free for members. Tickets are required for seating.

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LOTNS: Orion logoLegends of the Night Sky: Orion

Explore the night sky in our backyard and hear the classic tale of Orion the Hunter as told in lasers!

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Price: $4/non-member (ages 2 & under free), free for members. Tickets are required for seating.

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Extra Enrichments

Join our Education team with a variety of Earth Day themed exhibit enrichments across the museum!

Animal Meet and Greets

Located on the entrance floor in the How Life Survives Discovery Center, staff members will be hosting 15 minute presentations with different animal ambassadors representing their counterparts in the wild impacted by climate change. Questions welcome!

Hands On Discovery

Ask questions and learn from our volunteers running Discovery Boxes all about climate change and what you can do to help combat it!

Plant Sale

Our Spring Native Plant Sale will be available to all guests all day! Stop by to do some garden-shopping and learn from our expert Horticulture staff and employees!

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Community Conservation Action Project

Our Green Teens team are here to teach the public about Project FeederWatch, a program to track bird populations and patterns. Here, you can learn how to take data from the comfort of your own home, and make window hangers to prevent birds from colliding with your home windows.

Saturday

Bobcat Behind the Scenes Tour

Visit our bobcat with our Bird and Mammal team to learn about their care, diet, and training. See how we ensure our animals have healthy habitats and learn what you can do to make a difference for local wildlife.

Price: $35/non-member, $25/member.

Duration: 30 minutes

For the safety of our animals, Masks are required. Due to the terrain, this tour is not accessible to strollers or wheelchairs.

Bobcat tour signup

Vermiculture Composting Workshop

In this workshop, you’ll create your own vermiculture – or worm – composting bin. These bins are low effort, produce no odor, and take up little space in your home or garage, but can have a big impact on your environmental efforts! Join us as we lead you through creating a vermiculture bin and give you tips for maintaining it before you head home. One registration includes all materials for one bin. 

Recommended for families or adults, individuals under 18 must have an adult with them.

Price: $75/non-member, $65/member

Composting workshop signup

Sunday

Reptiles and Amphibians Behind the Scenes Tour

Go behind the scenes with our Herpetology department to visit our reptiles and amphibians and ask questions about their daily care. Learn about how environmental changes can impact them in the wild and what you can do to help give them healthy habitats.

Price: $35/non-member, $25/member.

Duration: 45 minutes

For the safety of our animals, Masks are required.

Reptiles and Amphibians tour signup