Homeschool Education

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is dedicated to providing engaging science and engineering programming to homeschool students. Currently, the museum offers the Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy, 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 will work with homeschool groups individually to design and provide programming relevant to students' needs.

Homeschool Science and Engineering Virtual Academy

VMNH offers engaging science and engineering programs for homeschool students! Programs are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month via Zoom online platform.

Ages 6 - 8
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Zoom)

Ages 9 - 11
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. (Zoom)

Ages 12+
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Pre-registration is required 10 days prior to each program by calling the museum at (276) 634-4187 or emailing the museum at The program fee is $7 per student. When registering, please provide the following information:

  • Name and age of participant(s)
  • Date/title of the program in which you are registering (schedule below)
  • Mailing address* (if you wish to have learning materials mailed to you)

* Some programs include physical materials for a hands-on learning experience, which are provided by the museum! You may elect to pick-up the materials at the museum box office the Friday, Saturday or Sunday prior to each program (the museum is open Friday-Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 1 to 5pm). The museum can also mail these materials to you for an additional fee of $3.

2020-2021 Homeschool Science and Engineering Virtual Academy Schedule

Below is the programming schedule through December 2020. Programming sessions for January through May will be announced soon. Pre-registration is required 10 days prior to each program by calling the museum at (276) 634-4187 or emailing the museum at Please see above for more information regarding registration.

September 2
Animal Classification

September 16

October 7

October 21
Virginia Indians (October is Virginia Archaeology Month!)

November 4
Microbiology (Part 1)

November 18
Microbiology (Part 2)

December 2

December 16
Physical Science

January 6
Wild About Cats 

January 20

February 3
Animal Tales 

February 17
Solar System

March 3

March 17

April 7
Food Science

April 21
Science and Art - The Beauty in Nature

May 5
Virginia Watersheds

May 19
Nature Identification and Outdoor Survival Skills 

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