Through its Virtual Education programming initiative, VMNH provides a growing lineup of STEM educational programs led by VMNH educators and scientists, with various programs delivered to schools, families and general social media audiences. Each program listed below is part of the museum's Virtual Education programming initiative, which is made possible thanks to the to continued support of VMNH Corporate Partner:
Distance Learning Programming
Distance learning programs bring students to the museum without ever having to leave their seats. Through the use of two-way video, classes join museum educators to explore Virginia’s natural heritage and uncover its rich biological and geological history. Together, with the use of videoconferencing and interactive activities, museum educators spark imagination, enhance curricula, and support Virginia and national educational standards. Go to the Distance Learning Programming webpage to learn more about programming available today!
Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy
Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy is 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 works with homeschool groups individually to design and provide programming relevant to students' needs. Since the pandemic began, the Academy transitioned into a virtual-only offering. Go to the Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy webpage learn more about the program and to register online for upcoming programs!
Museum Minute is a weekly video update produced by VMNH educators that highlights various displays within the museum's exhibit galleries, while providing intriguing and little known facts about the specimens on display. Each episode of this series is originally published on the museum's official Facebook page and available on YouTube at a later date. Museum Minute is also presented by VMNH partner Carter Bank and Trust.
Tales of Ancient Life
Our planet has an incredible story to tell and VMNH Assistant Curator of Paleontology Dr. Adam Pritchard helps share it through his original video series, "Tales of Ancient Life". Dr. Pritchard uses spectacular fossils and other scientific specimens from the museum's paleontology collections to highlight the wonders of earth's ancient past in ways that are both relevant and understandable to a wide variety of ages. Each episode of this series is originally published on the museum's official Facebook page and available on YouTube at a later date. Tales of Ancient Life is also presented by VMNH partner Carter Bank and Trust.
Virtual Science Talks (Coming Soon!)
The museum's virtual science talks fall under the umbrella of "Commonwealth Interconnections: Science and Technology Solutions for an Informed Citizenry". This series is presented by curators and engaging guest presenters who are experts in their respective fields. The 10-15 minute presentations highlight a variety of natural history and conservation topics.