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Fill the Canoe Food Drive

Nov 1 – Nov 26

The Museum will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

To thank you for your food drive donation, donators will receive a coupon for a bottomless fountain drink or coffee in the Wild Side Cafe.

Help us fill the canoe with food for the Foodbank for the holidays.

Dino on the Loose

Time: 1pm (weather permitting)

November 18, December 16

Join our walking T-Rex for dinosaur parade, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail! Bring your cameras for photos and videos.

Cost: Included in museum admission.  For more information.

Turkey Pardoning – November 22

Time: 11am – 1pm

For the eighth year, the Virginia Living Museum will celebrate the long and healthy life of its wild turkeys during the annual Turkey Pardoning.  Wednesday, November 22 at 11am, Vice Mayor Tina Vick will pardon the turkeys during a brief ceremony on the outdoor trail beside the Turkey/Deer Habitat.  There will be turkey-related crafts and objects on display.

Cost: Included in museum admission.

“Wild at Art” Show – December 1-2

Time: 9am – 5pm

Virginia artists Jim Wilson and David Turner, passionate advocates for Virginia wildlife, host a 2-day show featuring artwork to enrich and inspire appreciation of nature.  A portion of sales will support wildlife conservation at the VLM.

Jim Wilson will be selling a Falcon painting where 100% of the sales will go to the Museum. This painting was done  by Jim at the Museum on Earth Day in 1990 and the museum sold limited edition prints.

Coastal Watch – Peregrine Falcon painting, by Jim Wilson

“This painting was originally created as a celebration of Earth Day.  I wanted to use a subject that could make a dramatic but positive statement about conservation.  The fastest bird on earth would have lost the race for it’s life if not for the removal of DDT from our environment and the diligent efforts of conservation volunteers and biologists to raise and release young falcons back into the wild.  To many, this is a mountain inhabitant but I chose to make an even stronger statement by placing him in his other environ.  Among the eroded dunes of the Atlantic coast, I found a fitting setting.  Here the falcon migrates during the colder months to feed on shore birds.  I wanted to show mans presence in all of this and by having my two daughters leave their foot prints across the sandy beach.  I also added to the movement of the bird in the painting.”

Local artist David Turner has been creating sculptures of wildlife since he was 6 years old.  Fifty years later, he is the recipient of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art’s Living Legend Award for his lifelike bronze works.  “I’m totally passionate about being able to work with the clay,” Turner said, adding, “I’m very appreciative and honored to have received the award.”  [full article ]

Cost:  Free admission to the Changing Exhibits Gallery

Virginia Living Museum Blood Drive

December 19

Time:  10:30am – 2:30pm

Schedule an appointment to donate blood at the VLM for the American Red Cross.  Please call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your appointment.  Sponsor code: VLM

Donors will receive (while supplies last):  $2 discount for up to four people associated with the donor free fountain drinks from the Wild Side Cafe

Dumpster Doug Ecology Magic Show and Wacky Science Show

December 27, 28, and 29

Dumpster Doug Ecology Magic Show, 11am

This educational elementary program is 45 minutes of magic, comedy, and audience participation all blended together to teach elementary school kids about the earth, pollution, and what they can do to help save the environment.  When these lessons are mixed with zany courageousness, crazy, but make-believe “homework assignments,” and tons of audience participation, you’ve got an Earth Day recycling show that everyone will talk about for a long time.

Wacky Science Show, 1pm

Audience members participate on stage in wacky and off-the-wall, hands-on lessons while discovering that simple household items can be used to perform quirky and crazy science experiments.  Loads of surprises, comedy, and goofy sound effects combine in this perfect complement to learning The Scientific Method.  Topics are based on the ages of attending grades, K-8.

Cost:  Included in Museum admission.                     Thanks to:


Stellar Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31

Time: 11am – 1pm

Blast off into the new year with our space adventure-themed Noon Year’s Eve celebration!  Come dressed for your stellar adventure, meet costumed characters from your favorite galactic movies, and enjoy a variety of fun, spacey activities.  The countdown has started – see you on the launch pad!

Cost: Included in museum admission.