Virginia Living Museum adds new interactive exhibits

08/23/2010
teaching through travel
VIRGINIA GABRIELE

Virginia’s natural heritage comes alive for students when they visit the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, The museum introduces students to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits.

This fall, the museum will offer new 20-minute presentations that student groups can add to a self-guided visit. “Our fast-paced, interactive science presentations truly bring science to life,” says Education Director Chris Lewis. “Imagine the thrill of safely getting up close and personal with wild animals and touching real museum specimens that are usually only seen behind glass cases. These are the kinds of experiences you never forget.”

“Amazing Animals: Up Close and Personal!” offers students hands-on interactive opportunities in a small group setting. Choose among three topics:

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“Imagine the thrill of safely getting up close and personal with wild animals and touching real museum specimens that are usually only seen behind glass cases. These are the kinds of experiences you never forget.”

“Chesapeake Bay Challenge” Feel how a whale’s mouth is like a comb. Observe the microscopic secrets that are part of fish scales. Meet a prehistoric creature that still prowls the bottom of the Bay.

“Birds: Flights of Wonder” Is there any difference between the feathers of hawks and owls? Use your best feeding skills to learn which beak will catch you a meal! Can you figure out what makes bird skeletons so special?

“Remarkable Reptiles & Awesome Amphibians!” Everyone knows turtles have shells -- but what are they made of? Be a scientific observer and learn how snakes can eat prey bigger than their heads. Is it true that snakes smell with their tongues?

“Survival -- It’s Wild!” is an assembly-style program that also involves student participation. In this assembly-style program, you take part! Live animals to see and touch. Learn how they survive and thrive.

All four presentations are available weekdays 1:30-4 p.m., September to mid-June. Cost is $5 per student in addition to a self-guided visit.

The museum’s professional educators also present enriching natural science curricula for grades K-12. All classes are grade-level targeted and correlated to Virginia’s Standards of Learning, which correspond to national standards.

For more information, call 757-595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org

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