Two of the museum's most dedicated employees celebrated major employment milestones at ...
March 29, 2022
Two of the museum's most dedicated employees celebrated major employment milestones at VMNH in recent days! Human Resources Manager Lynette Perkins recently celebrated her 20th year of service at the museum, while Visitor Services Specialist Kenneth Barksdale celebrated 15 years at VMNH. Congratulations to you both and many thanks for helping make VMNH such a special place to work and visit!
Congratulations to all of the recipients of this year's VMNH Foundation Thomas ...
March 25, 2022
Congratulations to all of the recipients of this year's VMNH Foundation Thomas Jefferson Awards! Honorees were recognized last night at the museum during the 34th Annual Thomas Jefferson Awards ceremony sponsored by Bassett Furniture and Sovah Health. Established in 1987, the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation Thomas Jefferson Awards is a statewide initiative that honors individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to natural science, natural science education, and conservation. The awards, which are given annually, are named for Virginians, by birth or adoption, who have established traditions of excellence in the world of science and who have brought recognition and prestige to the ...
VMNH and Boxley announce educational partnership
March 22, 2022
The Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) and Boxley Materials Company (Boxley) have announced a new year-long partnership in support of the museum's wide-ranging educational programming initiatives.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) and Boxley Materials Company (Boxley) have ...
March 22, 2022
The Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) and Boxley Materials Company (Boxley) have announced a new year-long partnership in support of the museum's wide-ranging educational programming initiatives! The $10,000 gift from Boxley to the VMNH Foundation will better position the museum to market and deliver a variety of STEM-based educational programs led by VMNH educators, scientists and research staff, with the various programs to be delivered to schools, families and general audiences throughout Virginia and beyond. Many thanks to Boxley for its continuous support of the museum's educational programming!
VMNH Curator of Mammals Dr
March 22, 2022
VMNH Curator of Mammals Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently traveled to Waynesboro to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society where she presented information about her research regarding squirrels. Her co-authors for this particular study, titled "Skeletal injuries in two North American tree squirrels (Sciurus niger and S. carolinensis)", are fellow VMNH staff members Dr. Kal Ivanov and Liberty Hightower, along with Dr. Alfred Mead, who is on the faculty of Georgia College and State University. The annual meeting was attended by professionals from multiple state and federal agencies, as well as faculty members and students from several Virginia colleges and universities.
The Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab ...
March 20, 2022
The Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab, which is headquartered at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, is playing a key role in the preservation of Ukraine's cultural heritage through its efforts in mapping and monitoring the country's cultural heritage sites currently under extreme threat.
We greatly appreciate all of the efforts of our museum interns ...
March 17, 2022
We greatly appreciate all of the efforts of our museum interns, including those of former VMNH intern Vashawn Gray, who is now a senior environmental studies major at Roanoke College!
It's hard to believe ...
March 17, 2022
It's hard to believe, but today marks two years since my very first #BenInNature post on our VMNH social media! To celebrate this anniversary, here's a photo of one of my favorite amphibians: Pseudacris crucifer, better known as the spring peeper! Spring peepers can be found throughout a large portion of the eastern half of the U.S., and they're very tolerant of the cold. As a result, they're one of the first frog species to emerge in the spring. You can usually hear them start calling in March; it's the rapid, high-pitched "peeping" noise that you hear in wetland areas during the spring. The little guy in this photo is the very first one I spotted this year; I took this photograph on the unseasonably warm, wet night of ...
"The Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab at the Virginia Museum of Natural History has identified ...
March 16, 2022
"The Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab at the Virginia Museum of Natural History has identified several hundred heritage sites that may have been damaged in some way. The list is growing, according to its director, Hayden Bassett."
"Developing Diverse Trout Fishing Opportunities in the South River" with Steve Reeser ...
March 15, 2022
"Developing Diverse Trout Fishing Opportunities in the South River" with Steve Reeser, Regional Fisheries Manager at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources ABOUT THIS PRESENTATION Audiences will be presented with background information on the industrial pollution that has degraded water quality, as well as impacted the aquatic ecosystem and fish community of the South River in Waynesboro. The presentation will also focus on: (1) Improvements in water quality and the steady recovery of fish populations (2) The creation of Virginia's first Delayed-Harvest stocked trout fishery in downtown Waynesboro (1989) (3) In-stream habitat improvement projects and the Rife-Loth Dam removal that helped improve habitat conditions ...
Don't miss TOMORROW'S SCIENCE TALK at the Historic Wayne Theatre in beautiful ...
March 14, 2022
Don't miss TOMORROW'S SCIENCE TALK at the Historic Wayne Theatre in beautiful Waynesboro, Virginia, as Steve Reeser, Regional Fisheries Manager at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources presents "Developing Diverse Trout Fishing Opportunities in the South River"! The presentation is set to take place Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. You can also watch the presentation live on the Facebook pages of the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Wayne Theatre! MORE ABOUT THE PRESENTATION Audiences will be presented with background information on the industrial pollution that has degraded water quality, as well as impacted the aquatic ecosystem and fish community of the South River in ...
Join VMNH Executive Director Dr
March 10, 2022
Join VMNH Executive Director Dr. Joe Keiper and VMNH Associate Curator of Recent Invertebrates Dr. Kal Ivanov on Saturday, March 19 for a morning of fowl play as they explore nearby habitats for winter birds in Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia! Participants will be taught the tricks of the trade in field identification and song identification! PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click to learn more and register online today!
Students at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Martinsville received a special visit from VMNH ...
March 8, 2022
Students at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Martinsville received a special visit from VMNH Educator Terri Robertson and her entourage of museum critters today, when she presented the outreach program "Animal Needs" to the school's second grade classes! Students had the opportunity to interact with several of the museum's live animals, such as Sheldon the painted turtle and Corny the corn snake, as well as some of the museum's resident Madagascar hissing cockroaches, while learning about life needs, characteristics, adaptations, and habitats!
Huge congratulations to VMNH Education Manager Christy Deatherage for being ...
March 8, 2022
Huge congratulations to VMNH Education Manager Christy Deatherage for being named the 2022 Virginia Museum Educator of the Year by the Virginia Association of Museums! The award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in museum education by an individual working on behalf of their organization to create exceptional experiences for school-aged visitors, is a well deserved honor for one of the most exceptional educators in the business. As VMNH Education Manager, Christy coordinates the museum's entire repertoire of educational programs, including at-the-museum programming, outreach and distance learning programming, and specialty programs, such as the museum's Summer Adventure Camps, the VMNH Homeschool ...
While the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML) at the ...
March 7, 2022
While the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML) at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) continues its critical work monitoring cultural and historical sites throughout Ukraine, its efforts are still required in other countries throughout the world. Nearly half-way across the world from Ukraine, VMNH Archaeologist and U.S. Army Monuments Officer, Captain Bill Welsh, arrived in Honduras on Saturday in preparation of this week's cultural heritage conservation exchange in cooperation with members of Joint Task Force-Bravo of the U.S. Southern Command, the 120th Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Honduras, and The Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History. The joint ...
MUSEUM CAREER OPPORTUNITY: EDUCATOR The Virginia Museum of Natural History is currently ...
March 4, 2022
MUSEUM CAREER OPPORTUNITY: EDUCATOR The Virginia Museum of Natural History is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Educator. As a VMNH educator, you will join a vibrant education team to provide a wide variety of the museum's education and public programming, including programs at the museum, outreach, distance learning, after school, summer camps, sleepovers, and special events. Visit the VMNH website at www.vmnh.net/about/careers to learn more about the position and how to apply today!
Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G
March 3, 2022
Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch published a statement earlier today regarding the institute's efforts in helping safeguard the rich cultural and historical heritage of Ukraine - a nation home to seven world heritage sites - under threat due to the current military invasion. VMNH is grateful for all of the efforts of the Smithsonian and for our ongoing partnership with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) as we continuously work together to assess the damage to cultural sites across Ukraine through the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML) headquartered here at the museum.
Virginia is chock full of geological richness
March 2, 2022
Virginia is chock full of geological richness. Today, VMNH Research Associate Bill Henika and VMNH Executive Director Dr. Joe Keiper took advantage of the pleasant weather conditions to tour a variety of geological sites in Augusta County and nearby locations. While one of the images seen here may seem just like a picture of an ordinary rock to many, you can actually see worm burrows within it dating back to the Cambrian Period, a time marked by a dramatic burst of evolutionary changes in life on Earth.
The Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML) ...
March 2, 2022
The Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML), which is headquartered here at VMNH, is currently leading the United States' efforts in monitoring and mapping Ukraine's cultural heritage sites that are under extreme threat due to the country's armed conflict with Russia. Tomorrow, VMNH Assistant Curator of Archaeology Dr. Hayden Bassett, who is also director of CHML, is scheduled to appear on BBC Radio 4's "World at One" program to discuss the work of CHML regarding Ukraine. The interview is scheduled to air at some point between 8 - 8:45am EST and can be accessed by visiting the program's website using the link below. An archived version of the program should also be available on the website soon after the ...
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