Homeschool Education

Homeschool EducationThe 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 or 276-634-4185 to schedule a tour or learn more about what the museum can offer your students.

Homeschool Wednesdays

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 two age groups; 6-8 and 9-15.  There is a minimal fee of $6/student to attend.

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 are noted * below. Please note that the programs also require preregistration.


2013-2014 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

September 4 Nature of Science and Scientific Investigations

September 18 Nature of Science and Scientific Investigations

September 20 Reptile Student Day

October 2 Life Sciences: Plants

October 16 Life Sciences: Animals

Novenber 6 Life Sciences: Ecosystems/habitats

November 13 Life Sciences: Organisms and Interactions with Environment

December 4 Earth Sciences: Meteorology

December 18 Earth Sciences: Astronomy *

January 8 Earth Sciences: Earth Materials, Earth Processes

January 22 Earth Sciences: Water

February 5 Physical Sciences: Matter/Structure Properties

February 19 Physical Sciences: Force and Motion *

March 5 Physical Sciences: Energy

March 19 Physical Sciences: Renewable/Non-renewable Energy

April 2 Engineering Design

April 16 Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science *

April 25 Earth Day Student Day at VMNH (Friday)

May 7 Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science: Engineering and Society

May 21 TBD

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