Programs for Adults
can be a life long adventure. Join VLM staff biologists, naturalists
and scientists to explore the natural world in special adult-oriented
programs. Each activity-oriented program is presented in a relaxed,
hands-on format and includes classroom instruction combined with
opportunities to examine specimens from the Museum's extensive
collections and up close encounters with live animals. Come and share a
journey of discovery with others who have an enthusiastic desire to
continue to learn about the natural world of Virginia and beyond.
Advance registration is required for many adult programs. For more
information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator,
at 757-595-9135, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
April 29 Information session about a safari to Kenya
The Virginia Living Museum and the Virginia Zoo are planning a classic safari to Kenya Nov. 5-15, 2014
Organized by Classic Escapes, the trip includes the services of an East
African naturalist and is escorted by Greg Bockheim, executive director
of the Virginia Zoo, and Page Hayhurst, executive director of Virginia
three days at the Ol Pejeta
Conservancy, a privately-owned 24,000 acre reserve with a luxurious
tented camp that has magnificent views of Mt. Kenya. One of only four
private wildlife reserves in Kenya, the experience includes wildlife
drives in search of the ‘Big Five’. Watch a parade of elephant, giraffe,
zebra and impala. This is followed by three days of wildlife-viewing
opportunities in the Maasai Mara Reserve, the site of one of the world’s
largest and the most spectacular animal migrations.
reserve is inhabited by many of Africa's most popular wild animals,
including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo. There
are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including
ostrich, larks and sunbirds as well as the lovely Lilac-breasted Roller.
Optional excursions before, during and after the safari are available.
Read about the safari
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: information meeting free.
Register: Call 757-595-9135 or email.
May 17 Nature Photography with Ken Conger
Register online or call 757-595-9135.
Have you just bought or received a digital camera and enjoy photographing wildlife in the outdoors, or do you have a good eye and the photo did not turn out right, than this class is for you. Course is primarily for upper beginners or serious hobbyists who wish to take their nature photography to the next level and own something more than a point and shoot camera. Class segments will concentrate on wildlife photography by teaching the fundamentals (equipment, composition, depth or field, histograms, light compensation, autofocus points) and some advanced techniques of digital photography. This is a three-segment seminar. Part one, will be classroom instruction. Part two, is a short field session with students taking photographs and applying taught classroom essentials. Part three, will be back in the classroom to review captured images and applying a digital workflow, using Adobe Photoshop CS6. At the conclusion of this course, students will have an understanding of the basic operations of their camera, understand photography terminology and most importantly what it takes for a good wildlife photos for both printing and the web.
Requirements: Camera and manual. A tripod and laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed would be helpful.
Instructor: Ken Conger
After a rewarding career as a Virginia game warden and Alaska park ranger, Ken has carried his motivation and enthusiasm for wildlife protection over to his passion of wildlife photography. He has attained both a Bachelors of Science degree in Wildlife Management and a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice. Ken's interest in photography began at a young age. Wildlife photography has always been his concentration. The majority of his images utilize available early morning and late afternoon light to capture the natural color and beauty of wildlife. His photographs are primarily taken within National Parks and Fish & Wildlife Refuges and strictly of wild animals. An award winning photographer (National Wildlife Federation, National Parks Competition, Sony International Photography Contest, Popular Photography), Ken's images have adorned a number of magazine covers and calendars. Ken currently teaches wildlife photography through full day classes and private lessons, leads international photo tours and participates in art festivals along the east coast. View Ken’s images.
Ages: Recommended for age 18 and above.
Time: 7:30am - 3pm