Museum Affiliation Program
As the state museum of natural history for Virginia, VMNH serves all citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond through exhibits, education programs, scientific research and collections, and partnerships with other institutions. One of the ways VMNH reaches out to statewide audiences and beyond is by partnering with organizations around the state to offer a variety of mutually beneficial programs and activities.
Affiliates of the Virginia Museum of Natural History are organizations with a significant natural history component in Virginia that have been recognized by the VMNH Board of Trustees as science-based facilities devoted to research and/or the education of patrons of all ages in one or more disciplines of the natural sciences.
Radford University Museum of the Earth Sciences
The Radford University Museum of the Earth Sciences serves as an educational resource for earth science related themes for the University, for K12 communities, and for the general public. Encompassing the earth science related fields of geology, oceanography, and physical anthropology, the Museum of the Earth Sciences attempts to foster an appreciation of the Earth, its past, present, and future, and its interaction with mankind. In doing so, it seeks to foster a broad based educational experience. The MES is a component of the Department of Geology within the College of Science and Technology at Radford University.
Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center
The mission of the Rockfish Valley Foundation is to preserve the natural, historical, ecological and agricultural resources of the Rockfish Valley. The organization accomplishes this through enriching the lives of the communities served by supporting the Rockfish Valley Loop Trail system, Spruce Creek Park and the lands associated with them. The RVF supports conservation, recreation, preservation and environmental education and promotes a rural tourism experience in the Rockfish Valley of Nelson County, Virginia.