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Programs for Adults

Learning can be a life-long adventure. Join Virginia Living Museum staff biologists, naturalists and scientists to explore the natural world in special adult-oriented programs. Each activity-oriented program is presented in a relaxed, hands-on format and includes classroom instruction combined with opportunities to examine specimens from the Museum’s extensive collections and up close encounters with live animals. Come and share a journey of discovery with others who have an enthusiastic desire to continue to learn about the natural world of Virginia and beyond.

Advance registration is required for many programs. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator, at 757-595-9135, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4:30 pm.


Naturally Speaking Series

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The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series returns for 2022 in a virtual and in-person fashion. Join us for our guest speaker at 6:30pm for a 30 minute talk. Following the lecture, we will allow time for questions and a wrap-up.

After reading the presentations below, please click on the method of participation (virtual or in-person) you would like to sign up for.

May 19, 2022 | Sexy Seahorses, Family Trees, and Biodiversity

Speaker: Healy Hamilton, PhD

Presentation Summary: Dr. Healy Hamilton is a biodiversity scientist focused on management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. She is also a world expert on the taxonomy and evolution of seahorses and their relatives. Join Dr. Hamilton as she discusses this amazing group of fishes, those found off Virginia’s shores, and how they are used as effective ambassadors for ocean conservation.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Healy Hamilton is Chief Scientist at NatureServe, a western hemisphere biodiversity information network focused on management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. She is a biodiversity scientist with graduate degrees from Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, and extensive field experience in the tropical forests of Latin America. Her work at NatureServe focuses on the distribution, conservation status and trends of species and their habitats. She is also a world expert on the taxonomy and evolution of seahorses and their relatives. Dr. Hamilton is an elected Executive Committee member of the IUCN U.S. National Committee, an Honorary Fellow of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a contributor to the IUCN Species Survival Commission for Seahorses and Pipefish, and a member of the Key Biodiversity Areas Committee. She is the recent past President of the Society for Conservation GIS, a Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership fellow, and a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

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