The Wildlife Center of Virginia
Environment & Wildlife
Elementary School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, High School Assemblies, Curriculum Materials, Community Festivals, , Staff Development Workshops
Live Animals, Wildlife, Conservation, Life Science, Virginia History, Folktales
The Wildlife Center of Virginia offers programs that include up-close experiences with live, non-releasable wild animals (including birds, mammals, and/or reptiles) and information about the Center's Wildlife Hospital. In addition to the topics relevant to the specific theme of a program, the educational programs of the Wildlife Center always address crucial environmental issues, such as habitat loss and how the personal choices we make can affect the health of the world.
A Journey Down the Appalachian Trail (3-5) Meet some of the wild animals that call this amazing living landmark home. Discover how our daily activities affect the Trail, its wildlife, and the surrounding environment, and learn how to use the seven "Leave No Trace" principles while hiking or camping.
A View From the Top (K-12) What is life like at the top of the food chain? Experience the piercing stare of a hawk or the haunting hoot of an owl. Discover what birds of prey can teach us about the world.
Critters Don't Need Litter (K-12) Everyone needs a healthy habitat in which to survive. Meet animals who have had a close encounter with pollution or other habitat problems and learn ways that you can help keep other wild animals out of danger.
Home Sweet Habitat (K-5th) Explore how different animals satisfy their needs for food, water, shelter, and space. Understand the causes and effects of habitat loss, and what you can do to help.
Legends of the Night: Owls (K-5) Owls aren't just in books and movies! Meet some of the owls that live around us, learn about these magnificent silent hunters, and find out what brings owls to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
Treat to Release: Inside the Wildlife Center of Virginia (5th - adult) Explore the workings of our wildlife hospital, meet some of our non-releasable former patients, and discover how the Wildlife Center is carrying out its mission of conservation.
Whoo's Awake in the Night? (K-12) What do animals do when darkness falls? Nocturnal creatures use amazing adaptations to help find their way in the world. Opposums, owls, and other creatures of the night teach us that the world is still awake while we sleep.
Wild Winter Worlds (Winter Adaptations) (PreK-5th) What do animals do when the weather turns cold? Meet wild animals who migrate, hibernate, or just tough it out. Learn how human activities can affect animals during this difficult season.
You Are What You Eat (K-12) From producers to predators, the amazing food chain provides energy for all living things. Find out how energy, and other things move from one organism to another. Learn more about how wild animals fit into the food chain and what they must eat to survive.