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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 Summer Family Series – June 29

We Love Bugs!

Speaker: Dr. Shawn Dash, Hampton University

Don’t get bugged about bugs – come and learn about them at the VLM! Join us for a fun and family-friendly look at the amazing critters that creep and crawl, hop and fly, swoop and dart … we’re talking about BUGS!  Dr. Dash is an entomologist (a bug scientist!) who will introduce you to some of the insects, spiders and their fascinating relatives that are such an important part of our amazing living world.  You’ll get to see some of the museum’s cool preserved insect collection up close – and meet a few of our live bug friends too! Registration is required – sign up for this learning adventure today!

Time: 6-7pm Register Now

Cost: No added fee for program after museum admission, advance registration required.

Member admission will be verified on the day of the visit.  Non-member admission will be collected on the day of the visit ($20 per adult, $15 per child, ages 3 – 12, and ages 2 and under are free).

Sponsored by:

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Naturally Speaking Summer Family Series – July 13

Seahorses in the Bay!

Speaker: Chris Crippen, VLM’s Aquarium Curator & Conservation Programs Coordinator

It’s always a special treat to see a live Seahorse!  If you’re lucky, you might discover one of these fanciful fish hiding among the strands of grass and seaweed in the Bay’s shallow waters.  Here at the VLM, you’ll be sure to see and learn about them during this special discovery adventure.  You’ll also find out the important scientific work the VLM is doing to help seahorses survive in the wild, and get a special “behind-the-scenes” look at the museum’s amazing seahorse breeding station! Registration is required – sign up for this learning adventure today!

Time: 6-7pm Register Now

Cost: No added fee for program after museum admission, advance registration required.

Member admission will be verified on the day of the visit.  Non-member admission will be collected on the day of the visit ($20 per adult, $15 per child, ages 3 – 12, and ages 2 and under are free).

Sponsored by:

vhs


Naturally Speaking Summer Family Series – July 20

Beautiful Butterflies!

Speaker: Butterfly Society of VA

The Butterfly Society of Virginia will help your family learn about some of our most beautiful butterfly species, their life cycles, and which kinds of flowers they like to visit for their meals!  Bring your curiosity and questions to this evening that will celebrate color on the wing – and take home a butterfly craft!

Time: 6-7pm Register Now

Cost: No added fee for program after museum admission, advance registration required.

Member admission will be verified on the day of the visit.  Non-member admission will be collected on the day of the visit ($20 per adult, $15 per child, ages 3 – 12, and ages 2 and under are free).

Sponsored by:

vhs


Naturally Speaking Summer Family Series – August 3

Whose Track is That?

Speaker: Lisa Wright, VLM Education Associate & Collections Manager

Make Tracks to the VLM to learn about some of the“footprints” and signs that animals leave behind! That track in the sand – was it a fox, or maybe a coyote?  Down by the pond – did a beaver pass by here, or was it an otter?  I see webbed feet – a duck, or a goose?  And here’s some poo – who did the doo?  (Also called “scat”!)  You’ll have fun learning to identify some animal tracking secrets, and you can also paint your own model animal track to take home! Registration is required – sign up for this learning adventure today!

Time: 6-7pm  Register Now

Cost: No added fee for program after museum admission, advance registration required.

Member admission will be verified on the day of the visit.  Non-member admission will be collected on the day of the visit ($20 per adult, $15 per child, ages 3 – 12, and ages 2 and under are free).

Sponsored by:

vhs


Naturally Speaking Summer Family Series – August 17

The Great American Eclipse

Speaker: Kelly Herbst, VLM Astronomy Curator

Join Kelly as she discusses The Great American Eclipse that is happening August 21! In August, the United States will experience a rare and marvelous event – a total eclipse of the Sun. Kelly will give you all the information you need to know about how, when and where to view this astronomical spectacle safely.

Time: 6-7pm  Register Now

Cost: No added fee for program after museum admission, advance registration required.

Member admission will be verified on the day of the visit.  Non-member admission will be collected on the day of the visit ($20 per adult, $15 per child, ages 3 – 12, and ages 2 and under are free).

Sponsored by:

vhs


Wildlife Photography 101 – April 28, 2018

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 Register Now


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