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Amazing Pollinators

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.


Supported in part by the York County Arts Commission

More exhibit info

Shark Week Celebration 2022


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:

  • Take fun family pictures with inflatable shark jaws or our authentic shark cage
  • Learn What kind of Shark are you? with a fun mobile quiz
  • Speak with volunteers to learn about shark biofacts, and touch shark collection items like teeth or scales
  • Listen to our shark talk at 2pm during the Chesapeake Bay Feeding and discuss shark habitat in the Chesapeake Bay, how we care for our sharks, and shark conservation
  • From 11am-3pm, head to the garden area outside and dig for shark fossils

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.

purchase tickets here

Turtle Census 2022

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 9 (9-11:30am) Due to the predicted weather, this event has been moved to July 23 (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.

Super Science Live

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:

  • Wind tubes and discussion of air flow
  • Elephant toothpaste and discussion of exothermic chemical reactions
  • Air-zooka and discussion of air pressure
  • Diet Coke and Mentos and discussion of pollinator energy consumption