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Educational Partnerships

The museum is proud to partner with other organizations and entities to provide unique natural history education opportunities. From being home to the Southwestern Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program, to being an active provider of Trout in the Classroom programs and activities, the museum is always striving to be an active partner in the field of natural history.


HEY Collaborative
In February 2013, The Harvest Foundation brought together a group of agencies that administered youth-related programs in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. After months of convening, this group developed a Positive Youth Development Community Action Plan. The vision of the HEY Collaborative is: All children and youth in Martinsville-Henry County have ready access and benefits from a coordinated, seamless system of high quality, well-run programs and services that helps meet their life skills, recreation and career readiness needs so that: "All youth in Martinsville-Henry County will be ready for college, work and life."

As a partner, VMNH enthusiastically supports the initiative and provides overall guidance and more specifically, educational programs including VMNH Summer Adventure Camps, After School Programs, and Youth Volunteers and Interns. For more information, contact discover@vmnh.virginia.gov or call 634-4185.

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Virginia Master Naturalist
The museum is home to the Southwestern Piedmont Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist. The chapter began its first training curriculum in the fall of 2007, and new training sessions are held in the fall of each year. After attending 40 hours of training, participants complete volunteer projects in the areas of education, citizen science, and stewardship. For more information and to learn how to become a certified Master Naturalist, visit 


Martinsville-Henry County Community Nature Network
Founded in 2008 as the Community Nature Initiative, this museum-led program has grown into the Community Nature Network that synergizes community involvement and partners. By using nature to stimulate learning, the program aims to coordinate and support nature and outdoor education programming. Through providing opportunities for quality family outdoor experiences, promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing the value of community green spaces, the program not only creates unique learning experiences for all ages, but aims to enrich the quality of life for everyone in the community.
The Community Nature Network consists of community partners and organizations such as, area schools, area federal, state, and local parks and recreation, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Boy and Girl Scouts, and natural resource and conservation organizations.

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Trout in the Classroom
The Virginia Museum of Natural History is proud to be a participant in the Trout in the Classroom project created by Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. This project is designed specifically for teachers who want to incorporate more environmental education into their curriculum.

Trout in the Classroom involves schools or classrooms setting up aquariums to allow students to take care of and monitor brown trout from eggs to young fry. Many local classrooms have already set up aquariums in their schools and students have been monitoring progress of their trout. The Virginia Museum of Natural History also has a large tank in the museum's Suzanne M. Lacy Education Center. For more information about the Trout in the Classroom program, visit www.troutintheclassroom.org.

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After School Programming
The Virginia Museum of Natural History serves as a service provider for the MHC After 3 Program for three after-school providers in the Martinsville-Henry County region. MHC After 3 Initiative is Martinsville and Henry County's free after school program for middle and high school age children and youth. The initiative seeks to provide fun and exciting after school programming to middle school students in Martinsville-Henry County.