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 – 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).
Wildlife Photography 101
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 Register Now