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Science comes alive for students of all ages at the Virginia Living Museum, the mid-Atlantic region's premier science education facility. Since 1966, the Virginia Living Museum has delivered hands-on education to several million students.

Museum science programs are SOL-correlated and grade-level targeted. The programs are endorsed by the Virginia Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation. All programs are taught by our professional educators who present programs in a way that makes science become real and memorable.

The Museum is a private non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the Eastern Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, and the John Smith Trail.

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Self Guided Visits
Schedule a self-guided visit of exhibits that feature more than 250 live animals and plant species, native to Virginia, in their natural settings.

Natural Science
Natural science programs offer elementary students an introduction to various topics in the life sciences—from animal adaptations to the importance of green plants to the study of snakes

Space Science
In the Abbitt Planetarium, students in grades K-12 visit the planets, travel to a black hole, observe spinning galaxies or study the earth from space.

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Environmental Science Labs

Environmental science labs are in-depth sessions in which middle and high school students actively participate in conducting experiments, collecting data and analyzing results.
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Science Safaris

Science Safaris, for high school students, are combined laboratory and field classes that stress field study, experimentation, data collection and analysis.

Have VLM Visit Your School

Outreach programs are specially designed, SOL-correlated presentations in your school classroom or auditorium.

Download the 2013-14 Teacher's Guide.
Teachers: Call early for best selection of programs and dates. Consider reserving programs in the fall or winter when the museum is less busy.

Chesapeake Bay AquariumSchedule a Visit
Use our on-lline form to schedule your school visit or call 757-595-9135 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Prepare for Your School's Visit
The Virginia Living Museum wants your class to have the best visit possible. Check out these tips as you prepare for your visit.

Discovery Boxes

Discovery boxes are "museum-in-a-trunk" traveling   curriculum modules that teachers use in their own classrooms.
Disco Box

Teacher Training

The Virginia Living Museum's Teacher Training Institute provides outstanding SOL-correlated, grade-level targeted training programs in life, environmental and earth science for teachers of grades K-12.

Teachers: incorporate a community-wide service project into your lesson plans by participating in Adopt a Wild School.

Teachers seeking funding assistance for their group may visit for more information on their "Take Education on the Road" Field Trip Grant program.

Congratulations to Mrs. Moore's 4th Grade Class at Bethel Manor Elementary in York County! Your research and video presentation was so impressive we posted it here to inspire other classes to Connect To Nature and Virginia's animals. Watch their video below!


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In each issue you'll discover inexpensive science activities to share with your students, links to outstanding natural science websites, information about specific SOL-correlated, grade-level-targeted VLM programs, and professional development opportunities.
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