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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.

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Spring Native Plant Sale – 2 weekends

Member Preview:  April 19, 4-6pm

April 21-22 and 28-29, 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.

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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 wi..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’s continued conservation efforts with an entertaining evening filled with a fabulous farm-to-table menu, elaborate fanfare, and outstanding live auction! Black tie suggested. Tickets now on sale!

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Mother’s Day – May 13

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the VLM! The Virginia Living Museum will offer 50% off admission for mothers or grandmothers coming in with their children on May 13. Are you a Museum member? Member mothers will be allowed one extra guest with any level of membership.

Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life – May 19

Time: 1:00 pm

Join National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Ryan Carney in the Museum lobby and learn how he uses innovative technologies to bring extinct creatures “back to life”. Dr. Carney reconstructs their anatomy, motion, and even original coloration by visualizing them using virtual and augmented reality. His work integrates digital and experimental approaches, including X-ray imaging and computer animation of exceptional fossils and living animals.

Cost: Included in Museum admission.

Father’s Day – June 17

Celebrate Father’s Day at the VLM! The Virginia Living Museum will offer 50% off admission for fathers or grandfathers coming in with their children on June 17. Are you a Museum member? Member fathers will be allowed one extra guest with any level of membership.