Workshops, Field Trips and Programs
Educators may choose one of the following new hands-on workshops when scheduling their visit. Field trips enhance the Standards of Learning through activities that are:
- Hands-on: Construct meaning and acquire understanding by participating in science.
- Minds-on: Develop thinking processes, use questioning and seek answers to enhance knowledge and understanding of the physical universe.
- Authentic: Incorporate authentic, real-life discovery that encourages collaboration, dialogue with informed expert sources, and connections to broader ideas and applications.
Teacher preview days
Call to arrange a free visit to preview the museum collection and collect ideas for before, during, and after your field trip.
Exploring the world around you
Students explore the Discovery Room by visiting stations focusing on animals and plant adaptations, bones and shells, life cycles, ocean creatures, fossils, and rocks and minerals.
Students explore more than 6000 awesome artifacts, including shark jaws, bones, skeletons, animal mounts, mounted heads, skins, and MORE. Students learn how animals adapt to different habitats and environments including feeding specializations and predator/prey concepts.
Rocks, Fossils, and Minerals
Investigate real samples to identify rock types and minerals; discover local geological finds.
Similar to the K-2 animal workshop above but with more detailed discussion and activities.
Identify organisms native to Virginia and their unique habitats and history.