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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, 9am-4:30pm


Naturally Speaking Series – April 19

Our Interconnected Earth System: What does the Arctic have to do with Hampton Roads?

Speaker: Dr. Patrick C. Taylor

Dr. Taylor, a research scientist at NASA Langley Research Center, will present his research on the unprecedented changes to Arctic temperatures and its effects the Hampton Roads

Arctic climate change continues to outpace the rest of the globe. While the Arctic may seem far away, changes in the Arctic climate system have a global reach, affecting sea level, the carbon cycle, atmospheric winds, ocean currents, and potentially the frequency of extreme weather. In fact, the future impacts of climate change in Hampton Roads are closely tied to the Arctic.

Dr. Taylor has been working at NASA Langley Research Center since 2009 where he is a member of the Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) science team, leads the climate processes and diagnostics research group, and serves as a member of the Science Directorate planning committee

In 2015, he became a National Academy of Science Kavli Fellow. Dr. Taylor was appointed to the Virginia’s Climate Change and Resiliency Commission by Governor McAuliffe, a member of the science working group for the Old Dominion University led Sea Level Rise Initiative, and is currently working as a lead author on the Climate Science Special Report commissioned by the NASA, NOAA, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

 

Naturally Speaking Series sponsored by:

vhs

Time: 6:30-7pm

Ages: Adult only

Cost: Adult only event. Program is free but we ask you to RSVP so we know to expect you and can prepare appropriately.  Thank you!

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Speaker will begin at 6:30 pm. Cash wine/beer bar will be offered. If you have any questions, please contact the Reservations Office at 757-595-9135, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm or by email – reservations@thevlm.org.

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Wildlife Photography 101 – SOLD OUT

April 28, 2018, 9am – 4:30pm

Are you using a digital camera and enjoy photographing in the outdoors?  Do you have a passion for nature photography and want to capture the essence of the wildlife in diverse circumstances?  Have you ever seen a stunning wildlife photograph and wonder, “What did the photographer do to capture that photo?” Simply, are the wildlife photos you are taking, just not turning out well? The skills and techniques you desire will be provided in this class. This seminar is best suited for upper beginners or serious hobbyists, who wish to take their wildlife/nature photography to the next level and own something more than a point and shoot camera. Class segments will concentrate on wildlife photography by teaching the fundamentals (how the digital camera works; memory cards; appropriate equipment; megapixels; aperture/depth of field; composition) and advanced techniques of digital photography (histogram interpretation; use of ISO; autofocus; light compensation; metering; required shutter speeds; tools of the trade). Specific concentration will portray “how to get the shot” using different wildlife photo scenarios.

This is a three-segment seminar.  Part one, will be classroom instruction.  Part two, will be a short field session with students capturing photographs within the museum grounds of live animals and applying taught classroom essentials.  Part three, will be back in the classroom to learn Ken’s efficient digital workflow, using Adobe Photoshop.  After this course, students will understand photography terminology, have a command of the basic operations of their camera, know what it takes to capture a great wildlife photograph for both printing/web and be provided tips to become a semi-pro photographer.

Requirements: Digital camera and camera manual.  Prior to the class, knowing what the camera buttons do and where they are located prior to the class would be helpful.

Instructor: Ken Conger

After a rewarding career as a Virginia game warden and Alaska park ranger, Ken has renewed his motivation and enthusiasm for wildlife protection over to his passion of wildlife photography.  He has attained both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree.  Ken’s interest in photography began at a young age.  Wildlife photography has always been his concentration. The majority of his images utilize available early morning and late afternoon light to capture the natural color and beauty of wildlife. His photographs are primarily taken within National Parks and Fish & Wildlife Refuges and strictly of wild animals within six of the seven continents. His annual treks to remote locations are to be inspired, obtain unique images, and hopefully to educate as well as encourage viewers to connect with nature as well as consider conservation.  A published author and award winning photographer (National Wildlife Federation, National Parks Competition, Sony International Photography Contest, Popular Photography Contest), receiving “Best in Show” within art festivals, Ken’s images have adorned several magazine covers and appeared in numerous nature calendars. A wildlife photographer professional since 2010, Ken currently teaches wildlife photography through full day classes and private lessons, leads international photo tours, conducts wildlife programs and participates in art festivals along the east coast.

Age: 18 and above.

Cost: $155

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Naturally Speaking Series – May 17

Digital Dinosaurs

Speaker: Dr. Ryan Carney

National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Dr. Ryan Carney, uses innovative technologies to study and teach about dinosaurs and diseases.

A professor of digital science at the University of South Florida, he’s pioneered a course called “Digital Dinosaurs.” Dr. Carney’s research brings extinct creatures “back to life” by reconstructing their anatomy, motion, and even original coloration, and by visualizing them using virtual and augmented reality.

With an emphasis on the iconic “missing link,” Archaeopteryx, he explores one of the biggest questions in paleontology: how did dinosaurs evolve into flying birds?

His work integrates digital and experimental approaches, including X-ray imaging and computer animation of exceptional fossils and living animals. His research has been published in top-tier journals such as Nature, featured in the New York Times and popular science books. Dr. Carney’s diverse interests and background have been driven by a passion for the arts and sciences.

 

Naturally Speaking Series sponsored by:

vhs

Time: 6:30-7pm

Ages: Adult only

Cost: Adult only event. Program is free but we ask you to RSVP so we know to expect you and can prepare appropriately.  Thank you!

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Speaker will begin at 6:30 pm. Cash wine/beer bar will be offered. If you have any questions, please contact the Reservations Office at 757-595-9135, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm or by email – reservations@thevlm.org.

Register Now