Maymont Mourns Loss of Bison



  It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Maude, a 25-year-old American bison, who died yesterday. Animal keepers have given special attention to Maude for the past year due to her advanced age and slow weight loss. Our staff and veterinarian determined that her condition and declining quality of life were …

Baby Dinosaurs Arrive at Maymont!



  OK, maybe that headline is an exaggeration, but not by much. Last week, we introduced two young sturgeon – a primitive ancient fish species – into an aquarium in the Nature Center. The fish are approximately two to three years old, but they look like little babies compared to their adult counterparts which can …

What Happened in 1926?



  As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Maymont’s public opening this year, we decided to see what else was happening 90 years ago in 1926. Here are a few fun highlights: The first trans-Atlantic telephone call – between London and New York – was made. “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne was published. Restoration of …

Planting for Pollinators



  Creating a garden that attracts pollinators is beneficial to the ecosystem and a fun family activity. Everyone enjoys watching a butterfly light on a flower or a bumblebee lumber from blossom to blossom. Pollinators require specific elements in the landscape to thrive. The basic needs for their survival are 1) a source of water …

A Summer of Action & Adventure



  Who’s looking for a summer full of action, adventure and animal encounters? You’ll find it during Maymont’s Summer Discovery Camps! Camps at Maymont are all about connecting kids to nature.  Each agenda is thoughtfully planned by one of our Environmental Educators to keep kids engaged the entire time they are here, whether we’re on …

Why Should Young Professionals Visit Maymont?



  When we’re kids, we beg to go to Maymont to feed the goats and see the bears. As teens, we want to walk the paths with friends or play games on the lawn. Once we’ve found “the one,” we might have a wedding in the gardens. Then we start the cycle all over again …

5 Things to Bring to Herbs Galore & More



  1. A Shopping List More than 60 vendors will fill Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn with every variety of herb imaginable plus annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, garden ornaments, jewelry, beauty products, tools and gadgets. It can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you want or need! Plan ahead by making a list of the …

Maymont’s Earth Day Challenge



  To celebrate Earth Day today, our environmental educators challenge you to think GREEN! Here are some ways you can help our environment, today and every day: 1. Explore the Outdoors. According to data collected by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, there are approximately 42,211 acres of public green space in the greater Richmond area including …

Celebrating National Volunteer Week



  According to a report from 2014, 30% of Virginians are volunteering, donating over 311 million hours of service to a variety of nonprofits across the region. That’s a total of $7.2 billion of service contributed! This week during National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016), we honor all the volunteers who are working to make …

Windows of Opportunity at Maymont Mansion



  The windows of Maymont Mansion look out onto a breathtaking landscape and into a world of Gilded Age treasures, but how often does anyone consider the windows themselves? Their importance was recognized in FY15 with a $145,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching funds from the Richard S. …