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FrogWatch March 2024

Join us for FrogWatch – a community science program to help monitor frog populations! Practice identifying over 20 unique frog calls and learn about frog conservation. After learning the calls, you will be able to help monitor and submit data about local frog populations. Training is 2 parts and you must attend both parts.

Minimum age: 11 years old. Children ages 11-14 must have an adult present. Event is free but registration is required.

All sessions will be from 2pm-4pm.

Part 1 March 3 Training Signup
Part 2 March 10 Training Signup

 


March 9: Stargazing Night

Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show.

Virginia Skies

Time: 6:00pm

A live guided tour of the current evening sky with a staff astronomer.

Recommended for all ages.

 

Virginia Skies tickets

Laser Mania

Time: 7:00pm

Laser-Mania-croppedRecommended: ages 6 and above

Surveying soft rock, pop, and adult contemporary and easy listening music, this fun family laser concert is a beautiful artistic interpretation for all ages. Featuring music from over five decades, hearts, eyes and ears will enjoy the dazzling colors and laser art set to a collection of musical delights in an immersive visual environment. Laser Mania takes it to the next level with tracks by Weird Al Yankovic, Celine Dion, Beck and many more.

This program is family-friendly: Inappropriate song lyrics have been eliminated or blanked.

Show Playlist

  • Mortal Kombat Theme by The Immortals
  • Blue by Eiffel 65
  • Smooth by Santana
  • Men in Black by Will Smith
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain
  • That’s the Way It Is by Celine Dion
  • Time Warp Medley by Various Artists


  • Desert Rose by Sting
  • Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet Near Mars by Weird Al Yankovic
  • Mixed Bizness by Beck
  • Under the Milky Way by The Church
  • Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
  • All the Small Things by Blink 182

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Laser Metallica

Time: 8:30pm

laser_metallica_posterRecommended: ages 15 and above

Metal meets lasers! And it is intense! The theater shakes with awesome hits like Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, Sad But True and so much more. You’ve never done metal ’til you’ve done it with lasers! Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.

Many of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels during our Metallica program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Ain’t My *****
  • One
  • Fuel
  • Nothing Else Matters


  • Master of Puppets
  • Unforgiven II
  • Sad But True
  • Enter Sandman

Laser Metallica tickets

Pink Floyd's The Wall

Time: 10pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

Now coupled with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey.

Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels during our Pink Floyd program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • In the Flesh
  • The Thin Ice
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
  • Mother
  • Goodbye Blue Sky


  • Empty Spaces
  • Young Lust
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)
  • Hey You
  • Comfortably Numb
  • Stop
  • The Trial

The Wall tickets


FrogWatch March 2024

Join us for FrogWatch – a community science program to help monitor frog populations! Practice identifying over 20 unique frog calls and learn about frog conservation. After learning the calls, you will be able to help monitor and submit data about local frog populations. Training is 2 parts and you must attend both parts.

Minimum age: 11 years old. Children ages 11-14 must have an adult present. Event is free but registration is required.

All sessions will be from 2pm-4pm.

Part 1 March 3 Training Signup
Part 2 March 10 Training Signup

 


Conserving Amphibians on the Virginia Peninsula

Speaker: Dr. Matthias Leu | Associate Professor of Biology at William & Mary

Global amphibian populations are declining rapidly. To address this, researchers study amphibian ecology on the Virginia Peninsula. One study focuses on two toad species’ movements during their non-breeding period to understand their habitat needs. Another investigates factors influencing the number of salamanders in creeks by examining water quality, stream conditions, and surrounding land cover. This research aims to provide crucial insights to slow down amphibian losses.

Dr. Matthias Leu has been a faculty member in the Biology Department at William & Mary since 2009.

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Reptiles and Amphibians Weekend

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.

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Reptiles and Amphibians Weekend

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.

More Info

 

 


Eggstravaganza 2024

Calling all nature enthusiasts, egg lovers, and curious minds! Join us as we explore the wonderful world of animals that lay eggs.

Activities Include:

  • 11:30 am: Bird vs. Reptile: Learn the fascinating differences between bird and reptile eggs. (1:00 pm)

  • 1:00 pm: Discover how animals build intricate nests of their own with only items from nature! (1:00 pm)

  • Egg Scavenger Hunt: Hunt around the museum for various eggs hidden in our exhibits. Can you find them all?

  • Eggcelent Trivia: Test your knowledge about all things egg-related in our Eggcelent Trivia challenge.

  • Conservation Garden Games: Compete with friends and family in egg-citing Egg Roll and Egg Carry games. May the best egg win!

Price: Included in admission or membership.

 


Solar Eclipse 2024

Join us for a truly rare celestial event and witness the solar eclipse at the Virginia Living Museum! From 2:00-4:30 pm, we’ll gather on the Conservation Lawn to witness the eclipse (weather permitting) and learn from our education staff how eclipses work. You can safely gaze at the sun with solar-viewing glasses available for purchase while supplies last in the Wild Things Museum Store, or watch the live broadcast from totality on monitors throughout the Museum. Come early for the “Eclipse 2024” planetarium show at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, or 12:30 pm.


April 13: Stargazing Night

Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show.

Virginia Skies

Time: 6:00pm

A live guided tour of the current evening sky with a staff astronomer.

Recommended for all ages.

 

Virginia Skies tickets

iPop

Time: 7:00pm

An incredible mix of music from the first iTunes generation, all set with awesome laser imagery. Ages 6 and up.

Show Playlist

  • Baby by Justin Bieber
  • All the Way Up by Emily Osment
  • Naturally by Selena Gomez
  • I Can’t Be Tamed by Miley Cyrus
  • ABC by The Jackson 5
  • Telephone by Lady Gaga
  • TRON: Legacy


  • Halfway There by Big Time Rush
  • Freak the Freak Out by Victoria Justice
  • Masquerade by Ashley Tisdale
  • I Got a Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Rocketeer by Far East Movement
  • Firework by Katy Perry

iPop tickets

Laser Bowie

Time: 8:30pm

The glam. The rock. The artistry. The lasers. Experience it all with this melding of the music of David Bowie and laser animations. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

  • Space Oddity
  • Changes
  • Ashes To Ashes
  • Blue Jean
  • Rebel Rebel
  • Life On Mars


  • Modern Love
  • Fame
  • Let’s Dance
  • Fashion
  • Ziggy Stardust
  • Suffragette City

Laser Bowie tickets

Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 10pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

From the very beginning of lasers, this album has represented the ultimate in laser show experiences. And it’s still true today. Join us for the seminal laser show experience with one of the most incredible albums of all time. Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable. Please be aware that volume levels during our Pink Floyd program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky


  • Money
  • Us and Them
  • Any Colour You Like
  • Brain Damage
  • Eclipse

Dark Side of the Moon tickets


Spring Native Plant Sale 2024

Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm

Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm

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. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

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Gardening like an Ecologist

Speaker: Dr. Janet Steven | Associate Professor, Organismal and Environmental Biology at Christopher Newport University

Incorporating native plants into your garden has numerous ecological benefits. But what do you plant and where? Plants are living, responding, dynamic organisms, and understanding their biology can help you select plants and make gardening decisions. In this presentation, you will learn about how plants are adapted to specific environments, what’s going on belowground, and how plants interact with herbivores and pollinators. By thinking like an ecologist, you can build a garden landscape that supports native biodiversity and ecosystem functions.

Janet Steven received an undergraduate degree in biology from Davidson College and a PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Spring Native Plant Sale 2024

Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm

Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm

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. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

Click here for full info


Spring Native Plant Sale 2024

Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm

Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm

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. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

Click here for full info


FrogWatch April 2024

Join us for FrogWatch – a community science program to help monitor frog populations! Practice identifying over 20 unique frog calls and learn about frog conservation. After learning the calls, you will be able to help monitor and submit data about local frog populations. Training is 2 parts and you must attend both parts.

Minimum age: 11 years old. Children ages 11-14 must have an adult present. Event is free but registration is required.

All sessions will be from 2pm-4pm.

Part 1 April 21 Training Signup
Part 2 April 28 Training Signup

 


Spring Native Plant Sale 2024

Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm

Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm

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. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

Click here for full info


Spring Native Plant Sale 2024

Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm

Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm

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. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

Click here for full info


FrogWatch April 2024

Join us for FrogWatch – a community science program to help monitor frog populations! Practice identifying over 20 unique frog calls and learn about frog conservation. After learning the calls, you will be able to help monitor and submit data about local frog populations. Training is 2 parts and you must attend both parts.

Minimum age: 11 years old. Children ages 11-14 must have an adult present. Event is free but registration is required.

All sessions will be from 2pm-4pm.

Part 1 April 21 Training Signup
Part 2 April 28 Training Signup

 


Adult Prom: Starry, Starry Night

Recreate the magic of prom at this adult only (21+) event, and join us for an evening under the stars. The Virginia Living Museum’s first Adult Prom: Starry, Starry Night will include music, dancing, games, sky-readings, planetarium shows, food and adult beverages. Show up in your finest prom attire – sequins, ruffles, and throwback looks encouraged!

Cost: $18 Non-members, $15 members, includes one drink ticket – Prices will increase to $20 for non-members and $17 for members day of the event. Cash Bar $4 per drink ticket.

Adult Prom Tickets


Virginia Tells the History of Life on Earth: From Ancient Seas to Hairy Elephants

Speaker: Dr. Adam Pritchard | Assistant Curator of Paleontology, Virginia Museum of Natural History

Earth has hosted complex life for 600 million years, evident in Virginia’s diverse fossil record. Ranging from ancient reefs in the Appalachian Mountains to dinosaur-era rocks in valleys and coastal fossils spanning 60 million years, Virginia offers a unique glimpse into Earth’s extensive prehistory. The state’s fossil record includes evidence from the Ice Ages and giant fossil mammals, like the Hart-Fiscella Mastodon at the Virginia Living Museum. This presentation uses specific fossils to showcase the vast timeline and diversity of life’s history.

Dr. Adam Pritchard received a B.A. in Biology from McDaniel College (Westminster, MD) and a Ph.D. in Anatomical Sciences from Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY).

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The Great Dismal Swamp: A refuge for people, Underground Railroad site for freedom seekers and Spiritual energy for reflection, healing and hope for future generations

Speaker: Eric ‘Mubita’ Sheppard | Founder & President, Mubita, LLC

The Moses Grandy slave narrative entitled “The Life of Moses Grandy; Late a Slave in the United States of America” was published in 1843 by the British & Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in London, England.  I uncovered this document during my family genealogy research in 2001. It is an honor for me to be a descendant of the Grandy family from Camden, North Carolina and it is also the birthplace of my ancestor Moses Grandy. The presentation will take you on the journey through the Moses Grandy slave narrative that leads into the historical significance for people at the Great Dismal Swamp, which opened the doors of strategic partnership between the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the historic Barotse Kingdom in Western Province, Zambia. 

Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management from the University of Maryland, University College and holds Associate in Arts Degree from Catonsville Community College and Associate in Applied Science Degree from the Community College of the Air Force.

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Dino Pajama Jam 2024

Time: 6-8:30pm

Cost: $12.00 per member, $15.00 per non-member, children ages 2 & under are free.

Come join the Virginia Living Museum for some dino-tastic family fun! This two-hour event will be just right for everyone looking to get out of the house for an evening and party with a Live DJ on our dance floor, enjoy light snacks, and participate in arts & crafts activities.

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