Homeschool Education

Homeschool EducationThe Virginia Museum of Natural History is dedicated to providing engaging science and engineering programming to homeschool students. Currently, the museum offers the Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy, a series of bi-monthly programs from September to May designed to supplement students' learning and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based topics.

Additionally, the museum will work with homeschool groups individually to design and provide programming relevant to students' needs. As with all school groups, the museum also will provide guided, educational tours for homeschool groups. Click here or contact us at or 276-634-4185 to schedule a tour or learn more about what the museum can offer your students.

Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy

VMNH offers engaging science and engineering programs for home school students. Programs are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Programs are divided into three age groups; 5-8, 9-10, and 11-15.  The program fee is $7 per student. Discounts are available for prepayment of all sessions at the beginning of each academic year or for families with two or more children enrolled.

2015 - 2016 Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy Schedule

Pre-registration is required one week prior to each program by calling the museum at (276) 634-4185 or emailing the museum at

September 2 - Nature of Science and Scientific Investigations

September 16 - Nature of Science and Scientific Investigations

October 7 - Life Sciences: Plants

October 21 - Life Sciences: Animals

October 23 - Reptile Day/Student Day

November 4 - Life Sciences: Ecosystems & habitats

November 18 - Life Sciences: Organisms and Interactions with Environment

December 2 - Earth Sciences: Meteorology

December 16 - Earth Sciences: Astronomy

January 6 - Earth Sciences: Earth Materials, Earth Processes

January 20 - Earth Sciences: Water

January 22 - Dino Day/Student Day

February 3 - Physical Sciences: Structure & Properties of Matter

February 17 - Physical Sciences: Force and Motion

March 2 - Physical Sciences: Energy

March 16 - Physical Sciences: Renewable & Non-renewable Energy

April 6 - Engineering Design

April 20 - Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science

April 22 - Earth Day Student Day at VMNH (Friday)

May 4 - Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science: Engineering and Society

May 18 - Science and Engineering Project Presentations and End of Year Celebration