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Annual Support of the Virginia Living Museum

The joy of discovery … a treasured memory of interaction with native animals … a career inspiration … these are some of the events occurring regularly at the Virginia Living Museum.

Every museum depends on annual financial support from its community to survive and thrive. This special place — where families enjoy the wonders of nature, students engage in hands-on science education and future scientists, veterinarians and biology teachers become interested in pursuing those careers — is counting on your support. Each week the Museum requires 650 lbs of food to feed the animals so a gift of $100, for example, might provide a weekly supply of 300 large live minnows for our fish to eat. A gift of $500 could provide for the care and feeding of our bald eagles. A gift of $1,000 might cover such items as school group education programs. The Museum’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Donors are recognized each fiscal year in our Annual Report.

Heron Society

Heron-Society-logoThe Heron Society recognizes prominent philanthropic support for the Virginia Living Museum and its mission to connect people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation. Your support at the Heron Society level endorses our highly accredited capabilities in education, excellent exhibits, collections, and professional standards in animal care and conservation programs. Your gift also supports the VLM Community Education Fund, providing educational programs to underserved and charitable groups.

As science education and conservation leaders in our community, Heron Society members are acknowledged with:

  • Complimentary sponsorship for a group of children to enjoy an interactive and busy day of science education at the Virginia Living Museum.
  • Invitations to special Heron Society events
  • Invitation to a Personal Peek, a VLM interactive opportunity. Join VLM experts for an up-close and personal peek into the inner workings of the Museum.
  • Unlimited admission to the Museum, Conservation Gardens and Abbitt Planetarium with a Family with 6 guests membership.
  • Recognition as a leading donor in the Virginia Living Museum Annual Report, and Donor listings.

Heron Society Levels

  • Green Heron $1,000
  • Tricolored Heron $1,500
  • American Egret $2,500
  • Great Blue Heron $5,000+
Join our Heron Society

Giving Level Societies

Your annual gift of $250 or more to the Virginia Living Museum Annual Fund places you in a group of individuals dedicated to the vitality of the Museum. Your funding provides vital science education and conservation support through new educational materials, classroom equipment (replacing and refurbishing) and conservation program support at the Virginia Living Museum. Your generosity is rewarded with a complimentary membership and interactions at the Museum.

Educator $250+

  • Family with 4 guests membership, including all General Membership benefits.
  • Invitation to an Annual Fund event
  • Recognition as an Annual Fund donor

Conservationist $500+

  • Family with 5 guests membership, including all General Membership benefits.
  • Invitation to an Annual Fund event
  • Recognition as an Annual Fund donor


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General Donations

To make a donation of any amount, please click the link below.

Make a general donation

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies will match your gift to non-profit organizations. Check with your employer or contact the Development Office to find out if your company participates in this program.



For more information, contact the Development Office at 757-595-1900, ext. 257 or e-mail Development.

The Virginia Living Museum is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (54-6055922). All memberships, donations and gifts enable us to operate each year. Museum financial information is available by written request to the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.