Science Explosion Week


The BF Yancey Community Center in Albemarle County and VMNH have teamed-up to present "Virtual Science Explosion Week"!

From April 5th through 8th, VMNH educators will be providing a variety of live, virtual programming free of charge! While the programming is meant to coincide with Spring Break week for Albemalre County Schools, the programs are available to anyone who wishes to participate!

A full listing of programs, times, and recommended ages are listed below. Pre-registration is required.


Pre-registration is required for each program. Click here to register today!

Available Programs

In this program - which is recommended for Pre-K and Kindergarten students - participants will join educators to investigate more about the life cycles, characteristics, behaviors, and adaptations of the museum's fascinating live animals! Participants will have the opportunity to see the museum's live turtles, snakes, and Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches in action!

Monday, April 5 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to noon

In this program - which is geared towards high school students, adults and seniors - participants will view fossils from an active dig site along the Fall Line north of Richmond to answer the mystery of why fossils of marine animals, as well as land mammals from long ago, are deposited in the same place! By examining a re-creation of a bone bed, we will hypothesize what may have happened along this ancient shoreline to cause the deaths of such a wide variety of animals.

Tuesday, April 6 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 8 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.

In this program we will investigate the relationships among organisms and look at examples of producers, consumers, and decomposers to understand the transfer of energy that occurs among all living things and the fundamental processes it fuels!

Wednesday, April 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. (Recommended for grades 1-3)
Wednesday, April 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. (Recommended for grades 4-5)
Thursday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to noon (Recommended for grades 1-3)

Aimed towards middle school students, participants will step into the shoes of a scientist by using observable characteristics as a basis for species classification! By examining the physical characteristics of different mammals from the VMNH African mammal collection, participants will understand more about species identification, variation, and adaptations.

Monday, April 5 from 3 to 4 p.m.

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$5 for ages 3-17, seniors 60+, and college students
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