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SOL-correlated Programs at the Virginia Living Museum

Natural Science – Grades K-5
Space Science – Grades K-12
Environmental Science Labs – Grades 6-12


Natural Science Programs Grades K-5

Natural science programs offer a survey of fundamental topics in the life sciences – from animal adaptations to the importance of green plants to energy flow through food chains and even the study of snakes. Through the use of live animals, museum specimens and high-interest demonstrations, students become actively involved in these hands-on presentations. Natural Science Programs are designed to effectively introduce, reinforce or review science concepts in a way that makes them exciting and memorable.

Length of Session: 45 minutes
Number of Students: 60 maximum
Fee: (includes self guided tour of exhibits)
Contract schools: Please call for information
Non-contract schools: $12.50 per student ($212.50 minimum September – February, $375 minimum March – June)
Classroom teacher and school staff are free. One chaperone is recommended for every 10 students and is admitted free. Additional chaperones are $18 each.

Follow the suggested procedures for reserving a Natural Science program. 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 Ferguson.

Bay BCs

Grade K
SOLs K.1, K.2, K.7
Travel through the various habitats of the Chesapeake Bay, and see what types of animals live there. Learn ways to protect this important ecosystem by becoming environmental stewards for the Bay.

Animal ABCs

Grades 1-2
SOLs 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5
Surviving in the wild can be a challenge. Discover how different animals and their life cycles help them to survive in the wild.

Water Critters

Grades 1-2

SOLs 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5
Living in the water takes special skills. Find out how an animal’s body shape, size, and covering can play a vital role in adapting to life in the water.

Cycles of Survival

Grades 2-3
SOLs 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.1, 3.4, 3.8
Uncover how wild animals survive through hands-on activities that demonstrate their structural and behavioral adaptations.

Thinking Like a Scientist

Grades 2-3
SOLs 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.10
Develop science skills like observing, predicting, classifying and measuring while learning how wildlife biologists use these skills to protect sea turtle populations.

Plants & Animals: Teamwork in Nature

Grades 3-4
SOLs 3.8, 3.10, 3.11, 4.4, 4.5
Connect with nature and discover how plants and animals rely on each other to live. Reflect on how humans are interconnected with plants and animals and understand how we can help protect them with everyday choices.

Web of Life

Grades 3-4
SOLs 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.10, 4.5
Let’s start at the bottom of the food chain. Together we’ll work to make a food web and discuss why different animals eat different things.

Earth Under Foot

Grade 5
SOLs 5.1, 5.4, 5.7
Examine different igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks to better understand how the rock cycle works to form and alter rocks over time.

Inside Skeletons!

Grade 5
SOLs 5.1, 5.5
Check out what makes animals so amazing on the inside. Determine the differences between an exoskeleton and an endoskeleton while investigating real animal skeletons.


Space Science Programs Grades K-12

The Virginia Living Museum’s Space Science Programs are out of this world! Inside the digital Abbitt Planetarium theater, students will make important connections to essential space science SOLs as they explore the solar system, travel to distant galaxies and marvel at the mysterious celestial objects in our own night sky.

Length of Session: 45 minutes
Number of Students: 60 maximum
Fee: (includes self guided tour of exhibits)
Contract Schools: Please call for information
Non-contract schools: $12.50 per student ($212.50 minimum September – February, $375 minimum March – June)
Classroom teacher and school staff are free. One chaperone is recommended for every 10 students and is admitted free. Additional chaperones are $18 each.

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 Langley Federal Credit Union.

Virginia Skies

Grades K-12
SOLs vary by grade level
Explore the evening skies above Virginia in this classic planetarium presentation. Students view the planetarium’s night sky while a staff astronomer discusses seasonal constellations, visible planets and other celestial happenings around the time of your visit. This program can be tailored for any grade level and is especially effective for introducing kindergarteners to the planetarium experience.

More information about Virginia Skies

Day and Night

Grades K-1
Science SOLs K.8, K.10, 1.6, 1.7
Discover the importance of Earth’s shadow as a staff astronomer takes you on a journey from Day to Night.

Stacey Stormtracker

Grades 2-4
Science SOLs 2.6, 2.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.11, 4.6, 4.7
Journey through the solar system and learn all about the forces behind our home planet’s weather.

The Skies of Jamestown

Grades 2-4
History and Social Science SOLS 2.2, 2.6, VS.1, VS.2, VS.3
Discover the dangers of ocean travel in the early 1600s and learn how important the stars were to two cultures.

Assignment Earth

Grades 3-4
Science SOLs 3.8, 3.9, 3.11, 4.8
See the Earth through alien eyes as we learn about Moon phases, tides, Earth motions, seasons, and more.

Reasons for the Seasons

Grades 3-4
Science SOLs 3.8, 3.11, 4.8
Witness the power of the tilt of the Earth as one of our staff astronomers helps you explore the reasons for the seasons.

Worlds in Motion

Grades 4-6
Science SOLs 4.7, 4..8, 6.8
Explore why objects move across the skies of Earth, why Pluto is no longer a major planet, how fast you are moving when you’re sitting still and other amazing topics…all connected by these worlds in motion.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Grades 5-12
Science SOLs 5.3, 6.8, PS.9, ES.3
Originally produced in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s groundbreaking work with his telescope, this program takes your students on a journey through the history of telescopes, how they are made, and how they have helped astronomers make so many astounding discoveries about the universe. A brief look at the current night sky is included.

Oasis in Space

Grades 6-12
Science SOLs 6.8, ES.3
Discover the uniqueness of our home planet as we tour through the solar system, seeking that most basic necessity for life – water. Does water exist elsewhere in the solar system? Can life survive beyond the confines of Earth? These questions and more will be discussed in this visually stunning program about the origins and nature of the worlds that surround us.

More information about Oasis in Space


Environmental Science Labs Grades 3-12

The Virginia Living Museum’s environmental science labs spark the excitement of scientific discovery for students in grades 6-12. They are in-depth inquiry-based sessions in which students actively participate in conducting experiments, collecting data and analyzing results. Emphasis is on a direct involvement with the natural world through activity-oriented use of specialized equipment and techniques.

Length of Session: 1.5 hours
Number of Students: 30 maximum
Fee: (includes self guided visit of exhibits)
Contract Schools: Please call for information
Non-contract schools: $14.50 per student ($290 minimum)
Classroom teacher and school staff are free. One chaperone is recommended for every 10 students and is admitted free. Additional chaperones are $18 each.

Follow the suggested procedures for reserving an Environmental Science Lab. 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 VuBAY FOUNDATION.

Amphibians and Reptiles

Grades 6-12
Science SOLs LS.1, LS.4, LS.8, BIO.1, BIO.4, BIO.6
Determine the differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians with close up animal encounters, a wide array of non-live specimens and identify what makes an animal venomous or not.

Exploring with the Microscope

Grades 6-12
Science SOLs 6.1, LS.1
Develop fundamental lab skills by working with compound and dissecting microscopes. Understand what each type of microscope can do, how to use them properly, and then dive deep into the world of microbiology by examining a variety of interesting slide specimens.

Life in the Chesapeake Bay - A 'Meaningful Watershed Experience' Program

Grades 6-12
Science SOLs LS.4, LS.6, LS.8, LS.9, BIO.4, BIO.6, BIO.8
Challenge your student in our station based Chesapeake Bay Lab. Improve upon data collection skills, critical thinking and understand real-world issues as they impact our Bay. This program provides a well-rounded view on the ecology of the Bay while inspiring a sense of stewardship to protect our environment..

Pond Life - A 'Meaningful Watershed Experience' Program

Grades 6-12
Science SOLs 6.1, 6.5, 6.7, LS.1, LS.4, LS.5, LS.6, BIO.1, BIO.4, BIO.8
Gain experience in conducting field tests to learn more about fresh water ecosystems. Make observations about Deer Park Lake, collect mud samples, take a close look at plankton, and try your hand at catching macroinvertebrates in dip nets.

Vertebrate Biology

Grades 6-12
Science SOLs LS.1, LS.4, BIO.4, BIO.6
Test your classifying skills with dozens of non-live vertebrate specimens. Learn how to categorize the various vertebrate groups and meet some of our animal ambassadors from each group.

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