All programs are designed within both the framework of the Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards to provide participants with stimulating natural history-related learning experiences in the high-demand subjects of science and social studies and also math, engineering, and technology.
Educational Programs Designed to Meet Virginia Standards of Learning
The project involves schools or classrooms setting up aquariums to allow students to take care of and monitor brown trout from eggs to young fry. Trout in the Classroom is designed specifically for teachers who want to incorporate more environmental education into their curriculum.
Master Naturalists VMNH a founding partner in the Virginia Master Naturalist Program--a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, stewardship and citizen science dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. VMNH staff serve on the executive and steering committees and were instrumental in initiating two local chapters. http:// www.virginiamasternaturalist.org
Scientific research and natural history collections make VMNH unique.
The success of the VMNH research program is reflected in worldwide recognition of our scientific curators as leaders in their respective fields. Our scientists publish extensively in national and international journals, including Science and Nature and receive grants from outside organizations including the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.
The new museum facility opened in March 2007 and meets all current museum collections standards, enabling us to preserve and protect the collections for the benefit of future generations and in keeping with our mission. Douglas Avenue Collections Storage
Douglas Avenue Collections spaces in the old building…
approximately 1,200 pieces and 212 blocks, some with multiple samples
Recent Invertebrates We emphasis freshwater insects and mollusks and the faunas of forest litter (beetles, myriapods, spiders), which are important in the formation of new organic soil. The classification and distribution of millipeds worldwide is a second area of interest.
VMNH houses rich collections of Triassic vertebrate fossils, including dinosaur tracks. We also have hundreds of dinosaur bones from the famous Morrison Formation of Wyoming and excellent material of Miocene whales from Virginia.
Ice Age vertebrate remains from Saltville, southwest Virginia, are also well-represented in the collections.
Fossils, Labs, Museum Collections and Public Gathering Space
The Harvest Foundation Great Hall serves as an exciting gathering space that also introduces the Museum’s research and collections. The fossil skeleton of an Allosaurus dinosaur greets visitors as they enter and an ancient fossil whale, Eobalaenoptera , swims overhead.
Uncovering Virginia is designed as an interactive, lab-like environment where visitors explore how scientists work to uncover the secrets of Virginia’s past. Visitors encounter six real research sites, each represented through re-creations of dig locations and displays of the objects that scientists have discovered there.