VMNH receives $16,000 grant for festivals
The Virginia Museum of Natural History has been awarded a $16,000 grant from the Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr., Charitable Foundation Trust for the 2017-2018 “Educational Festivals Initiative.” This program includes a series of themed family festivals in the coming year that will provide hands-on, educational experiences for students, families and visitors of all ages.
“We are grateful to the Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr., Charitable Foundation Trust for their generous support of the museum’s educational family festivals,” said Ryan L. Barber, deputy director of VMNH. “Thanks to this grant, along with the support of our many members and donors, we will be able to reach thousands of students and families across the region through these one-of-a-kind programs.”
Festivals that will be part of this initiative include the Reptile Festival on October 21, 2017, the Ice Age Festival on January 20, 2018, the Space Festival on June 16, 2018, and the Dino Festival July 27-28, 2018. In addition to these public events, the museum will host school groups on the Fridays before the Reptile Festival and Ice Age Festival, providing approximately 300 area K-5 students with STEM-based educational experiences at each festival.
The Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr., Charitable Foundation Trust was established in 1997 through the generosity of the late Charles G. Patterson, Jr. and his wife, Helen S. Patterson.