The Virginia Museum of Natural History is dedicated to providing engaging natural history programming to homeschool students. Currently, the museum offers Homeschool Wednesdays, a series of monthly programs throughout the school year year designed to supplement students' learning and knowledge of natural history and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based topics.
Additionally, the museum will work with homeschool groups individually to design and provide programming relevant to your students' needs. As with all school groups, the museum also will provide tours for homeschool groups. Click here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-634-4185 to schedule a tour or learn more about what the museum can offer your students.
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. There is a minimal fee of $6/student to attend. Discounts are available for prepayment of all sessions at the beginning of each school year.
VMNH partners with Martinsville Middle School's SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy) Lab at Martinsville Middle School for related programming. Hands-on NASA and STEM programs will be held at the MMS Lab once a quarter from 9:00-9:45, before the VMNH Homeschool Wednesday Program at VMNH. SEMAA Lab program dates will be noted * below. Please note that the programs also require preregistration.
2014-2015 Homeschool Wednesday Schedule
Pre-registration is required one week prior to each program by calling the museum at (276) 634-4185 or emailing the museum at email@example.com.
September 3 Nature of Science and Scientific Investigations
September 17 Nature of Science and Scientific Investigations
October 1 Life Sciences: Plants
October 15 Life Sciences: Animals
November 5 Life Sciences: Ecosystems & habitats
November 12 Life Sciences: Organisms and Interactions with Environment
December 3 Earth Sciences: Meteorology
December 17 Earth Sciences: Astronomy
January 7 Earth Sciences: Earth Materials, Earth Processes
January 21 Earth Sciences: Water
February 4 Physical Sciences: Matter/Structure Properties
February 18 Physical Sciences: Force and Motion *
March 4 Physical Sciences: Energy
March 18 Physical Sciences: Renewable/Non-renewable Energy
April 1 Engineering Design
April 15 Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
April 24 Earth Day Student Day at VMNH (Friday)
May 6 Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science: Engineering and Society
May 20 TBD