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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path Virginia Living Museum Educator, Lisa Wright passionately gathers images for this photographic journal exploring the smaller (and often overlooked) natural wonders encountered "off the beaten path".

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Part 4)

September 30, 2016. To conclude this 4-part series, I’ll share with you some of my favorite things in our non-live collections.  Like Roseann and Neil, I’m also a big fan of rocks and minerals as well as fossils.  I’m especially attracted to things with bold…

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Part 3)

September 26, 2016. Today I’ll feature another dynamic duo, the husband and wife team of Roseann Carlson and Neil Carroll.  Both are graduates of the University of Washington in Seattle with advanced degrees in geology.  Roseann is a retired geology professor and has worked in…

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Part 2)

September 16, 2016. Today I’d like to highlight two more of my wonderful collections volunteers, the family team of Kim Becker and Kade Bickley.  In my previous post I mentioned that taking care of the Museum’s non-live collections is a highly specialized task, and I…

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Part 1)

September 2, 2016. Although I am primarily an educator here at the Museum, I am also the collections manager for our non-live collections.  Our non-live collections contain specimens used for our educational programs and exhibits–stuff like animal skulls, taxidermy mounts, rocks, fossils, minerals, shells, and…

A Fine Fall Day 2015

November 12, 2015. Recently I took a walk on our Outdoor Trail to enjoy the pleasant fall weather and to take in all the beautiful colors…there were gorgeous red, mellow brown and bright yellow leaves: Also bright berries and fluffy seeds… Some animals like our…

Paleontology Update 8-4-15

August, 4, 2015. You might recall from a previous entry (“Paleontology Program Update 1” posted 5-28-14) that we had a public fossil program last summer where guests helped us “excavate” a partial fossil whale.  This fossil baleen whale was most likely a juvenile whale that…

Frog Blog 4

March 27, 2015. Is it a frog or a toad?  An oft asked question, but not so straight forward to answer.  First off, technically, all toads are frogs!  But in general, frogs are considered to be stronger jumpers with more powerful legs, have smoother, moister…

Frog Blog 3

March 26, 2015. If you’ve followed my last two blogs, you’ve figured out by now that we have a very cool frog exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, here at the VLM until September 7, 2015.  The exhibit designed by Peeling Productions of Clyde Peeling’s…

Frog Blog 2

March 25, 2015. More on frogs!  I know it sounds a bit bizarre, but today I’m going to focus on frog’s feet.  No, really!  It’s pretty fascinating!  Frogs have feet that are adapted for their environment.  For example, the more aquatic frogs have powerful legs…

Frog Blog 1

March 24, 2015. Frogs:  A Chorus of Colors is an exhibition of live frogs here at the Virginia Living Museum now until September 7, 2015, on display in our changing gallery.  I must confess that this is one of my favorite exhibits that we’ve had…