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Dino on the Loose – January 27

Time: 1pm (weather permitting)

Also February 24, March 24, April 14

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.

Groundhog Day Ceremony – Feb 2


Time:  Noon

Long winter or early spring?  Join local meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler in a noon-time ceremony for the annual prediction from our very own Chesapeake Chuck in the outdoor amphitheater.

Cost:  Included in Museum admission.



Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – Feb 2

VIP Reception 6-7pm

VIP Reception Tickets

Main Event 7-10pm

Main Event Tickets

Enjoy exclusive food samples, fine wines, craft beer, and soothing music from local artists & more. The Coastal Virginia Magazine has voted the fundraiser “Best of the 757”.

All proceeds benefit the museum’s award winning educational programs and animal care needs.

For more information.

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Super Saturday – Feb 3

Time: 9-5pm (prediction at 2pm)

Not only does he predict the weather, groundhog Chesapeake Chuck will let us know his thoughts on who will win Super Bowl LII.  Enjoy special activities throughout the day and don’t miss Chuck’s prediction at 2pm!

Cost:  Included in Museum admission.

Ice Age Weekend – Feb 17, 18, 19

Time:  9-5pm

Warm up indoors with cool displays of Ice Age artifacts, live animal shows, and themed hands-on activities including  “blubber science,” a scavenger hunt, and more!  Be sure to take in a live animal show at noon and 2pm all weekend long! Tickets available for a behind the scenes tour of our new mastodon fossils.

Mastodon Sneak Peek Tour – Feb 17-19, 11am, 1pm and 3pm  Tickets

16,000 years ago Mastodons would have roamed Virginia. Be one of the first people to see our recently acquired Mastodon fossils. It is only the second set found in the Commonwealth! This tour will only be available during Ice Age Weekend.  Tours last 30 minutes.  Age: 8 and above.  Maximum in Group: 12 guests. 

Cost: Mastodon Tour tickets VLM members $12, non-members $14 – plus Museum admission.

Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful – March 17-18

Time:  9-5pm

Experience a close encounter of the reptile kind!  A wide variety of native and exotic reptiles will be on display and in live animal programs.  Enjoy seeing unusual reptiles displayed by guest exhibitors, as well as crafts, activities, and reptile-related planetarium shows throughout the weekend.

Cost:  Included in Museum admission.


Egg-stravaganza – March 31

Time:  9-5

The hunt is on!  Uncover a variety of eggs from all types of native animals from our extensive collections.  Enjoy a visit from our resident rabbit just in time for the holiday, as well as a live animal show, activities, and crafts.

Cost:  Included in Museum admission.


Wonders of the Sea Week – April 2-6

Time:  9-5pm

Join us for Spring Break and welcome our new moray eel!  Take in the “Coral Reefs:Kaluoka-hina Nurseries of the Sea” conservation kiosk, a screening of the award winning documentary “Chasing Coral,” and sea-themed shows in the Abbitt Planetarium.  Witness a scuba program and fish feeding in the Chesapeake Bay Tank and more.

Cost:  Included in Museum admission.


Earth Day Celebration – April 21

Time: 9-5pm

Celebrate Earth Day at the VLM!  Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors.

Learn more about protecting our environment and taking conservation measures.  Earth-friendly vendors will show and sell green wares.  There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways, thousands of native plants for sale, and special animal shows.  Don’t forget to bring your batteries, cell phones, and old sneakers for recycling!

Cost:  Included in Museum admission.

Spring Native Plant Sale – 2 weekends

Member Preview:  April 19, 4-6pm

April 21-22 and 28-29

Time:  9-4pm

Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens.  These VLM nursery propagated plants include excellent options for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife to your yard.  VLM horticulture staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the wildlife benefits of native plants, and help with any particular gardening situations.  Sale held rain or shine.

Wildlife Photography 101 – April 28 – SOLD OUT

Time: 9-4:30pm

Are you using a digital camera and enjoy photographing in the outdoors?  Do you have a passion for nature photography and want to capture the essence of the wildlife in diverse circumstances?  Have you ever seen a stunning wildlife photograph and wonder, “What did the photographer do to capture that photo?” Simply, are the wildlife photos you are taking, just not turning out well? The skills and techniques you desire will be provided in this class. This seminar is best suited for upper beginners or serious hobbyists, who wish to take their wildlife/nature photography to the next level and own something more than a point and shoot camera. Class segments will concentrate on wildlife photography by teaching the fundamentals (how the digital camera works; memory cards; appropriate equipment; megapixels; aperture/depth of field; composition) and advanced techniques of digital photography (histogram interpretation; use of ISO; autofocus; light compensation; metering; required shutter speeds; tools of the trade). Specific concentration will portray “how to get the shot” using different wildlife photo scenarios.

This is a three-segment seminar.  Part one, will be classroom instruction.  Part two, will be a short field session with students capturing photographs within the museum grounds of live animals and applying taught classroom essentials.  Part three, will be back in the classroom to learn Ken’s efficient digital workflow, using Adobe Photoshop.  After this course, students will understand photography terminology, have a command of the basic operations of their camera, know what it takes to capture a great wildlife photograph for both printing/web and be provided tips to become a semi-pro photographer.

Requirements: Digital camera and camera manual.  Prior to the class, knowing what the camera buttons do and where they are located prior to the class would be helpful.

Instructor: Ken Conger

Age: 18 and above.

Cost: $155   SOLD OUT!

Otter Ball – May 11

Time: 6pm

Celebrate the Virginia Living Museum and enjoy an elegant evening beginning with cocktails and lively entertainment followed by dinner and a live auction!  Black tie suggested. Tickets $150

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