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School Outreach

Have the Virginia Living Museum Visit Your School

Outreach programs are specially designed, SOL-correlated presentations in your school classroom or auditorium. Staff scientists/instructors from the Virginia Living Museum’s Education Department introduce your class to a variety of natural science topics through the use of live animals, museum artifacts and active student participation in an exciting ‘hands-on’ format. Programs are specifically designed to function as both an introduction to SOL topics and as reinforcement of previously taught science concepts.

These programs are also appropriate for day care centers.

For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 9am – 4:30pm or complete the online request form.

Funded in part by TowneBank.

Classroom Programs Grades PreK – 3

Length of Program: 45 minutes
Number of Students: 60 maximum
Fee: $250 first program
$220 per additional program – same day
Fuel surcharge may apply.

A Walk in the Woods

Grade PreK
(Two identical ‘mini-sessions’ make up each program; 20 students maximum per mini-session.)
Embark on a “classroom hike” into the woods. Listen to the sounds of the woods, discuss what makes up a woodland habitat, and meet some of animals that live there. Help your little explorers develop a fascination and a respect for wild animals.

Wildlife of Virginia

Grades K-1
Science SOLs K.1 K.6 K.7 1.1 1.5
Encounter our animal ambassadors of Virginia in this hands-on program. Students will explore non-live animal artifacts to learn more about reptiles, birds, and mammals and their unique adaptations.

Growing Up Wild

Grades 1-2
Science SOLs 1.1 1.5 2.1 2.4 2.5
Discover the diverse life cycles of wild animals. We’ll first discuss what it means to be a wild animal before taking a closer look at animals through the various stages of their life cycle and then meet their adult counterparts.

Chain of Life

Grades 2-3
Science SOLs 2.1 2.5 2.8 3.1 3.4 3.5 3.11
Create a food chain to help visualize the transfer of energy from one living organism to the next. Determine the relationship between predator and prey and how that relates to being an herbivore, omnivore, and a carnivore.

Assembly Program Grades 3-7

Length of Program: 45 minutes
Number of Students: 200 maximum
Fee: $345 first program
$295 per additional program – same day
Fuel surcharge may apply.

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Grades 3-7
Compare and contrast the specialized physical and behavioral adaptations of our most impressive animal ambassadors. This large group program reinforces multiple life science SOL concepts while encouraging the students to think critically about what it really takes for animals to survive in the wild.

Outreach/Safaris (pdf)


Call 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 9am – 4:30pm, email Reservations or complete the online request form.