Wildlife Festival

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Join us for a scientific celebration of creatures big and small, furry and scaly, during the Virginia Museum of Natural History's first-ever Wildlife Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

What to see and do!
  • Museum animal taxidermy mounts!
  • Live animals! (list of animals below)
  • Specimens from the museum's scientific collections!
  • Balloon animals and wildlife-themed face painting!
  • Wildlife-themed activities and crafts!
  • Special presentations by wildlife experts! (list of presentations below)
  • Food trucks!
Live Animals!
  • Birds of Prey (raptors)
  • Monocled Cobra
  • Eastern Rat Snake
  • Hog-nosed Snake
  • Coachwhip Snake
  • Louisiana Pine Snake
  • Canebrake Rattlesnake
  • Timber Rattlesnake
  • Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
  • Cottonmouth
  • Eastern Copperhead
  • Burmese Python
  • Jaguar Carpet Python
  • American Alligator (juvenile)
  • Large Snapping Turtle
  • Woodland Box Turtle
  • Northern Diamond-backed Terrapin Turtle
  • Blue-tongued Skink
  • Giant Cane Toad
  • Black Widow Spider
  • Deathstalker Scorpion
  • Australian Fattail Scorpion
  • Giant Vinegaroon
  • African Spurred Tortoise
  • And more!

***Please note that all live animals listed are subject to change.***

Special Presentations

"Animal Control...Questions, Concerns, & What to do?"
Presented by Jayme Clark (Martinsville Animal Control Officer) at 11 a.m.

"Bears, Bobcats, and Coyotes...Oh, My!"
Presented by Katie Martin (Deer, Bear, Turkey Biologist - VA Department of Wildlife Resources) at 1 p.m.

"Wild Wonders in Your Backyard"
Presented by Darin Handy (All Are God's Creatures Sanctuary) at 3 p.m.

Festival Admission
  • $10/Ages 18-59
  • $5/Ages 3-17 and Seniors 60+
  • FREE for children under 3
  • FREE for VMNH Members and members of ASTC Passport participating institutions!
  • FREE for EBT card holders who present their EBT card and official photo ID!
  • Groupons accepted

*Admission is available at the door. Face coverings are optional.

Special thanks to The Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr. Charitable Foundation Trust for helping make this event possible!

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Please Visit Us Soon


Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday - Monday: Closed


$10 for ages 18-59
$5 for ages 3-17, seniors 60+, and college students
FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of ASTC participating institutions

We had a great time looking at the exhibits. There are a number of interactive things (not available during Covid, ...

Debbie G.

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