Celebrate Earth Day
The Virginia Living Museum celebrates Earth Day with special activities for our animals and guests Saturday, April 21. 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. See raptor programs in the amphitheater.
Environmental Enrichment is the process of enhancing over-all captive animal welfare by providing appropriate activities. Look for enrichment in exhibits throughout the museum and along the outdoor trail. Also, there will be Education animals exercising in our “Animal Playground” located on the trail throughout the day (weather permitting). Stop by several times to see which animals are exercising!
Live Raptor Programs in the Amphitheater.
Think Green and help the VLM recycle! The Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe program will turn those smelly sneakers into playgrounds and basketball courts. Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling waste. See eco-friendly cars that run on recycled vegetable oil from the Wild Side Cafe (a project that won a Virginia Green award).
Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Visit the Goodson Living Green House and Conservation Gardens for green building and gardening tips.
Join us in our recycling efforts by donating:
Old sneakers with Nike ReUse A Shoe
Experience environmental enrichment of our animals which provides stimulating activities for them. 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. Earth-friendly vendors will show and sell green wares:
There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways: Tree Seedlings from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Eco-Friendly Bags from HR Green, and Sustainable Seafood from Seafood Watch and the Wild Side Cafe.
Don’t miss our Spring Native Plant Sale that will also be underway in the museum’s Conservation Garden! (April 21 & 22, April 28 & 29 - Spring Plant Sale)
Cost: VLM members free, non-members $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12).