educational-partnerships

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.

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Martinsville-Henry County Community Nature Initiative
The Martinsville-Henry County Community Nature Initiative is a museum-led program that relies heavily on community support and partnerships.  The initiative offers children, youth and adults an interactive approach to outdoor learning. By using nature to stimulate learning, the program aims to become a leader in facilitating 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 bolster the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Providing learning opportunities for children in an outdoor setting not only helps children appreciate the environment, but it has also been linked to helping them develop lifelong creative thinking skills as well as healthy and physically active lifestyles. To learn more about the initiative, visit the MHC CNI blog.

 

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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 
www.virginiamasternaturalist.org.

 

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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.

 




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