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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

The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series returns on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Join us for light hors-d’oeuvre with a cash beer/wine bar starting at 6 pm followed by our speaker at 6:30 pm. The talk will run for 20 minutes allowing time for questions and a 7 pm wrap-up.

This adult-only event is free to Museum members and donors. Non-members will be charged $5 per adult.


January 17, 2019 – Trial and Survival in Jamestown & Early Years

Speaker: Nancy EgloffNancy D. Egloff

Nancy D. Egloff, a Historian with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, will speak on the trial years for the first groups of settlers in Virginia. Between 1607 to 1609, settlers were to work for the Virginia Company to try and find ways to make profits through a variety of different enterprises, all the while encountering challenges of climate, illness and food shortage.

Ms. Egloff earned her B.A. in American History from Gettysburg College and her M.A. in Colonial American History from the College of William and Mary. Ms. Egloff has served as Historian at Jamestown Settlement since 1985.

April 18, 2019 – Corals in hot water: climate change impacts on corals and coral reefs

Speaker: Dan BarshisDan Barshis

Mr. Barshis will present a summary of his work over the last 15 years investigating what makes some corals more resistant vs. sensitive to climate change impacts. He will present his research from American Samoa, Micronesia, Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, and a project working with the Northern Star Coral. Learn how short-term exposures to high temperatures can actually condition corals to be stronger and more resistant to climate impacts.

Mr. Barshis is currently an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at Old Dominion University. His work primarily examines the evolutionary basis behind stress tolerance in reef-building corals. He employs a combination of field transplantation, controlled acclimation experiments, and advanced genomic techniques to uncover the relative roles of adaptation and acclimatization in determining coral tolerance limits and sensitivity to climate change impacts.

May 16, 2019 – TBA

Speaker: David GruberDavid Gruber

David Gruber is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, professor of Biology at City University of New York, and a Invertebrate Zoology research associate with the American Museum of Natural History.