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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.)
Young students embark on a “classroom hike” to discover the fascinating world of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. Live animals and hands-on natural objects will encourage young students to appreciate and respect living creatures while providing them with a memorable introduction to upcoming SOL concepts.

Wildlife of Virginia

Grades K-1
Science SOLs K.1 K.6 K.7 1.1 1.5
In this up close and personal introduction to Virginia wildlife, students compare living mammals, birds and reptiles to learn about their habitats, and discover some of the special adaptations they have for getting around, avoiding predators and finding food.

Growing Up Wild

Grades 1-2
Science SOLs 1.1 1.5 2.1 2.4 2.5
Follow the life cycles of animals that live nearby in the forest. As students meet a variety of live animals they discover why some animal babies don’t look like their parents, find out how these animals change during their lives and learn how they can help protect these animals’ woodland habitat.

Chain of Life

Grades 2-3
Science SOLs 2.1 2.5 2.8 3.1 3.4 3.5 3.11
Each animal’s struggle for survival makes all animals depend on each other. Through the introduction of living “links” from Tidewater food chains, students will better understand the role of green plants in food chains, learn how predators and their prey depend on one another and discover the important role that decomposers play.

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
Science SOLs will be custom-correlated to your grade level
Designed to reinforce multiple life science SOL concepts, this program features live animals, specimens from the museum’s collections and audience participation in a memorable large group format. Students compare and contrast physical and behavioral adaptations and actively participate in activities that help them better understand how animals locate food, escape predators and overcome survival challenges every day in the wild.

Outreach/Safaris (pdf)


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