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Virginia Living Museum calls for ambassadors in the “Living Otter Ball: A Community Conservation Challenge”

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Newport News, VA (April 19, 2021) – Join the Virginia Living Museum for the Living Otter Ball: A Community Conservation Challenge. The Living Otter Ball encourages, inspires and engages community members to become an ambassador for conservation, biodiversity, education, and nature. The challenge is presented by TowneBank.

Community members can turn their passion into ACTION as Ambassadors who rally to adopt a program, native animal, or educational experience of their choice. From the mountains to the sea, to the stars, all of Virginia can be experienced in one day at the Museum. Take action to support a unique animal like a gar, moray eel, terrapin, or local conservation program. Support a future doctor, veterinarian, or animal welfare enthusiast through education classes. Support learning to live green, build green and garden green through the many conservation exhibits, native gardens, demonstrations and programs.

And of course, support native species like the playful river otters, majestic bald eagle, industrious beavers or secretive bobcat!

The Museum invites individuals, family groups, social groups, work groups to rise and stand behind their cause and accept this exciting community challenge! The Living Otter Ball ends May 20, 2021. Take action now and compete to win a private excursion at the Museum with a LIVE Facebook streaming opportunity!

The five-week campaign turns love for the Museum into a fun community competition. Participating as an Ambassador is easy:

  1. Form a Team- gather a group of friends to raise funds together

  2. Join a Team.

  3. Join as an Individual.                   

Get started today at: https://www.classy.org/campaign/living-otter-ball-a-community-conservation-challenge/c321551

Get ready for Friday, May 21st, National Endangered Species Day, when the top Ambassadors will be announced and recognized.

Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s award-winning education and conservation programs, animal care and welfare, and efforts to promote biodiversity and connectivity with nature. The Museum looks forward to presenting the annual in-person Otter Ball Gala next year!

The Virginia Living Museum is a leader in the use of natural living exhibits (animals, plants, marine life, reptiles, amphibians, and birds) to present its mission—connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation. An independent 501c3 organization, the Museum is a successful public/private partnership with the City of Newport News and all guests. Accredited by both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums, the Museum’s high standards are its hallmark, as only fourteen institutions share this designation in the country. It is a certified Virginia Green attraction dedicated to environmentally friendly practices. Located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News (I-64, exit 258-A) it is open 9 to 5 daily.

All COVID-19 safety guidelines are enforced. Masks and social distancing is required. For more information visit thevlm.org or call 757-595-1900. You can also find the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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