9:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 18 – September 18, 2022
Pollinators are everywhere! They play a vital part in our world’s ecosystem, and are an incredibly varied group.
Amazing Pollinators is a visually-stunning, game-based, role-play adventure immersing audiences in the colorful and diverse world of pollinator/plant relationships.
Developed in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the exhibit weaves fascinating stories with urgent messages about pollinators, the critical work they do, and their importance to people and planet.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swim, paddle, wade or sail on in to this fun-filled weekend to encounter our Shark Week Celebration!
Shark’s play an important role in the ocean’s ecosystem. Come learn about these amazing animals and how you can help protect them.
Visitors will be able to:
Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tour
As a special add-on, you can go with an aquarist behind the scenes to see how we take care of our aquatic animals! Everything and anything you want to learn about – what they eat, when they sleep, what happens if they have an itch – no question is too small!
Price: $20/non-member, $15/member
Note: This tour involves climbing. Ages 8 & up only, no wheelchair access. Please wear closed toe shoes.
9:00 am - 11:30 am
The Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff began a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in a local watershed over time.
Every year in June and July we set out live-capture, baited hoop nets in Deer Park Lake to catch and survey as many turtles as possible. VLM Staff and volunteers gather all of the turtles that are collected in these nets and spend the morning identifying the species and sex of the turtles, cleaning the shell to remove any stuck-on algae, and using a special marking system to determine whether each turtle is new for the year or a recapture from previous years.
In 2022 the dates are:
June 25 (9-11:30am)
July 16 (9-11:30am)
The 11:30am end time is an estimation, census activities will go until completion.
Please wear weather appropriate attire, this event will take place outside. Gloves will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle.
You will be handling wild turtles during this event. By purchasing tickets, you are assuming all risks.
Photos will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional material.
11:30 am - 2:45 pm
Time: 11:30am & 2:30pm, Friday-Sunday (May 30 – September 5)
Duration: 15 minutes
These daily science demonstrations will help guests learn about pollinators and the role they play in the ecosystem. The program discussions include: