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                Spring Native Plant Sale

                Member Preview Sale - April 17, 4-6pm

                Public Sale - April 19, 26-27 - Sat 9am-4pm/Sun noon-4pm

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                 Plant sale volunteer

                Choose from an incredible array of beautiful plants and many other native trees, shrubs and perennials for a variety of gardening sites and styles.  The Virginia Living Museum's horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area's weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden.

                The sale will be held in the Conservation Garden and as always, the Museum's knowledgeable horticulture staff will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss the wildlife benefits of native plants and help with any particular gardening situations. All plants are nursery propagated and many are not yet available in the commercial nursery trade.

                See a list of plants available at the sale.

                Sale held rain or shine. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4. Admission to the sale is free.

                April 26 Celebrate the Earth Day                                      

                Time: 9am-5pm

                Cost: VLM members free, non-members $17 adults, $13 children (ages 3-12).

                            SPONSORED BY:
                 VLM Earth Day
                Lisa owl 
                 VLM animal
                 Earth Day recycle

                The Virginia Living Museum celebrates Earth Day with special activities for our animals and guests Saturday, April 26. Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. The red wolves and coyotes may devour ice treats, while the raccoons may search for treats in a basket full of newspapers.

                Think Green and help the VLM recycle! The Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe program will turnthose smelly sneakers into playgrounds and basketball courts. Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Join us in our recycling efforts by donating:

                Items to bring:
                 Organization collecting:
                 Electronic equipment/batteries
                 Electronics Recycling of Virginia
                 Gently Used Books
                 The Up Center
                 Old Sneakers
                 Nike ReUse A Shoe
                 Cell Phones/Empty Juice Pouches
                 Virginia Living Museum

                Visit the Goodson Living Green House and Conservation Gardens for green building and gardening tips. 

                Experience environmental enrichment of our animals which provides stimulating activities for them (see schedule below). Look for enrichment exhibits throughout the museum and along the outdoor trail.  Plus, watch for animals used in our Educational Programs as they exercise in our "Animal Playground".

                Several environmental/governmental organizations will have displays and information about conservation measures. Among those joining us are:  Newport News Green Foundation, Sierra Club, Virginia Master Naturalists, Seafood Watch, Wildlife Response, James River Association, Butterfly Society, Newport News Waterworks, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Electronics Recycling of Virginia, Colonial Beekeepers Association and Hampton Roads Transit.

                Earth-friendly vendors will show and sell green wares including: Lavaliers by Charles, Sunfish Custom Art & Jewelry, Best Value Remodelers, It Works! Global, Toadfish Enterprises, Lynn Rene MacDonald's 3D Works on Paper, Oberweis Dairy, Owl Branch Bakery and Thirty-One Gifts.

                There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways:  Hormone-free Milk for Oberweis Dairy, Eco-Friendly Bags from HR Green, Tree Seedlings from the Virginia Department of Forestry and Sustainable Seafood form Seafood Watch and the Wild Side Cafe.

                Plus, the museum will have a presentation to celebrate our re-accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) at noon, complete with a celebratory cake for our opossum to eat!  Then at 3 p.m. we will have a talk from Denise Green of Sassafras Farm about he benefits of native plants and finally at 3:30 p.m. we will dedicate our Holt Native Plant Teaching Garden! (see schedule below)

                Don't miss our Spring Native Plant Sale that will also be underway in the museum's Conservation Garden!


                Schedule of Events

                Saturday, April  26

                 9:30 a.m Bobcat Enrichment
                Outdoor Trail-Bobcat

                10:00 a.m. 

                Raccoon Enrichment

                Outdoor Trail-Raccoon 

                10:30 a.m.

                Otters and Friends  Enrichment

                Outdoor Trail-Otters

                11:00 a.m.
                Live Animal
                Conservation Programs
                Outdoor Amphitheater

                11:00 a.m.

                Cypress Swamp Turtle Feeding

                Cypress Swamp (Lower  Level)

                11:30 a.m.

                Animal Playground

                Outdoor Trail-playground

                12:00 p.m.
                Live Animal Conservation Programs
                Outdoor Amphitheater

                12:00 p.m. 

                Vulture Enrichment

                Outdoor Trail - Vultures

                12:00 p.m.
                Presentation:AZA Accreditation
                by AZA Executive Director Kris Vehrs
                Outdoor Amphitheater
                12:30 p.m.
                Red Wolf Enrichment
                Outdoor Trail-Red Wolf
                1:00 p.m.
                Live Animal Conservation Programs
                Outdoor Amphitheater

                1:00 p.m.

                Coyote Enrichment

                Outdoor Trail-Coyote

                1:30 p.m.
                Aviary Feeding
                Coastal Plain Gallery
                2:00 p.m.
                Live Animal Conservation Programs
                Outdoor Amphitheater

                2:00 p.m.

                Chesapeake Bay Aquarium Feeding

                Coastal Plain Gallery

                2:30 p.m.

                Alligator Feeding

                Cypress Swamp(Lower Level)

                3:00 p.m.
                Red Fox
                Outdoor Trail-Red Fox 

                3:00 p.m.

                Talk: Benefits of Native Plants
                by Denise Green of Sassafras Farm

                Wason Education Center

                3:30 p.m.

                Gray Fox

                Outdoor Trail-Gray Fox

                3:30 p.m. Tour: Holt Conservatory
                Dedication: Holt Native Plant Teaching Garden

                Holt Native Plant Teaching Garden
                 4:00 p.m.
                Animal Playground Outdoor Trail-Playground

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