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Virginia Living Museum
Programs for Adults

Learning 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 15 Birding on the Boardwalk


It's spring! What birds are coming to Virginia? Before we are open to the public, start your day with a leisurely morning walk with Assistant Education Director and avid birder Rock Moeslein around the boardwalk to see what kind of bird activity is happening here. Are birds setting up territories, nesting or just passing through? After the walk, we will have a short bird lesson.

Ages: 18+
Time: 7:15-8:30 a.m.
Cost: members free; non-members $5 (does not include Museum admission).

Register: Call 757-595-9135 or register online.

April 22 - June 24  Tai Chi Class  Part 2
Tai Chi with Williams Hansell

10-week session

Register online for or call 757-595-9135.

Based on ancient Chinese self-defense martial arts strategies, the modern version of Tai Chi as a form of exercise utilizes slow, smooth, graceful movements to achieve physical and mental relaxation. “Yang Style 24 Forms” Tai Chi is a fast-paced class well suited to students who want a refresher course, however, no previous experience is required. The class will be taught by William Hansell, who has studied Taiji Chuan for 30 years.

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Members $40; non-members $50 per session.

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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 Living Museum.

Features include 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.  The 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.

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.

KC-bearsHave 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

Ken CongerAfter 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
Cost: $155

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