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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 2020. 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.

Adult only event for donors, members, and non-members. Program is free but we ask you to RSVP so we know to expect you and can prepare appropriately. Thank you!

January 16, 2020 – Finding Baby Louie: The World’s Largest & Most Complete Dinosaur Embryo

Speaker: Florence Magovern

Florence Magovern, co-creator of the exhibit, Tiny Titans, will share her story behind the discovery of “Baby Louie” the most complete dinosaur embryo ever found. Join us in learning about new scientific discoveries that fill in the gaps of what is known of dinosaur family life.

Florence and her husband, Charlie began acquiring authentic dinosaur eggs in 1988.  In 1993, they were invited to China on a mission of scientific exchange.  They brought back a number of dinosaur eggs and nests, including one in which Charlie discovered a fully articulated dinosaur embryo.  National Geographic featured it as the cover story in May of 1996 but 21 years would pass before it was officially recognized and named Beibeilong sinensis meaning “baby dragon from China”

As the excitement of Charlie’s discovery grew, the Magoverns felt it was important to do something to share it. In the year 2000, with help from the Harvard Museum of Natural History, they organized a traveling exhibit blending art and science, featuring their collection of dinosaur eggs, some of which were pictured in National Geographic.  

“Our understanding of the fossil record continues to evolve,” says Florence. “The study of dinosaur eggs, embryos and babies teaches us about dinosaur life, shedding new light on their social behavior and how they lived and died. It carries vertebrate paleontology beyond bones, and breathes life into these awesome mysterious creatures of the past.  It also helps us to understand the history of our planet and broadens our view of our own environment.”

Florence graduated from Stanford University in 1976 with a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering. She was a practicing engineer until a chance meeting with Charlie on a chair lift in Vail, Colorado in 1981.  They have two daughters and live in Boulder, Colorado.


Master Gardener’s Series

The Virginia Living Museum will be hosting a monthly Master Gardener’s series with speakers from the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Newport News Master Gardeners Association (NNMGA). Each hour-long lecture will present a different topic to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training.

Lectures begin at 3:30 pm and are included in museum admission for members and non-members. Guests who RSVP with the Newport News Extension Office by calling (757) 591-4838 or register in person at 739 Thimbal Shoals Blvd., Suite 1009, Newport News, VA 23606 are admitted to the lecture without museum admission.  The Newport News Extension Office is open Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm.

Discussion Topics


Winter Interest in the Garden

Date: January 21, 2020
Speaker: Janet Rash
Discover plant choices that are visually thrilling when it’s cold outside!

Residential Landscape Design

Date: February 25, 2020
Speaker: Jefferey Williams
See the latest in design while keeping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in mind!

Environmentally Responsible Lawn Maintenance

Date: March 24, 2020
Speaker: Barb Foley
If you must have a lawn, here are the methods to do so without harming our waterways.

Growing Edibles - Eat your Yard!

Date: April 21, 2020
Speaker: Dale Timmer
From containers to gardeners, how to create your own edible landscape.

Flowers We Love - Master Gardener Favorites

Date: May 28, 2020
Speaker: Janet Rash
No more guessing. These are our reliable favorites for Newport News gardens.

Backyard Actions for a Cleaner Bay

Date: June 18, 2020
Speaker: Peggy Fox and Beth Smallridge
Homeowners play an important role in protecting our soil and water resources. Discover what you can do!

Native Selections - Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Date: August 27, 2020
Speaker: Christina Verderosa and Sue Campbell
You’ll learn to love the natives that support our wildlife. Learn about what might be available at the VLM Native Plant Sale in September.

Museum Mixer Series

The Virginia Living Museum introduces their Museum Mixers Series – an adults only program. During this evening mixer, VLM invites adults 21 and up to enjoy adult beverages, delicious food and participate in themed activities after-hours.

Starry Nights and Coffee Flights






Discover the difference between astronomy and astrology while you sip on coffee during our Museum Mixer: Starry Nights and Coffee Flights.  Learn about the universe critically from our astronomy experts and determine if the stars can help you unveil the mysteries of life from local astrology experts. Taste a variety of coffee brews from local coffee house and distribution center Column 15. Add liquor to your brew for extra flavor for an additional cost. Warm up your winter night during this adults only networking event!

Ticket price information coming soon.

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