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Playdate with Nature & Playdate Field Trips

Make a play date with your little naturalist! Connect to your child and to nature, than with this new interactive outdoor program for children ages 4-10. Offered on selective Wednesdays and Saturdays. Playdate field trips are offsite and Playdate with Nature included in Museum admission, but advance registration required. Read more…

Family Butterfly Count in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Date:  Saturday, July 21, 2018

Time: 7 am – 9 pm


Join us for our 27th annual NABA Butterfly Count in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Be a part of this nationwide activity as we count, identify, collect and release butterflies, while also enjoying the insects and flowers along the wondrous Blue Ridge Parkway.  This trip is a great way to share nature with your family. The trip includes driving to several sites then hiking along short and hilly meadow or forested trails.  Transportation will be provided in the museum’s mini bus.



$45 per person ($10 discount for VLM members – be sure to “sign in” in the upper right corner of the website to receive the discount on the checkout page). Minimum age is 12 years old, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bring a lunch and drink (Museum will provide coolers).  A fast food dinner stop will be made on the way back to the museum.