Environmental Outreach Programs

Environmental educators bring exciting programs about nature and the environment featuring up-close encounters with our animal ambassadors. Students will discover the wonders of the natural world in the convenience of your classroom. Programs are offered onsite at Richmond-area schools located within a 30-mile radius of Maymont. Programs may be scheduled Monday through Friday during regular school hours. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes and includes live animals. $120 per program includes up to 20 students; $5 for each additional student. Maximum of 40 students per class. To make a reservation, complete our Outreach Program Reservation form.

Don’t see a program you are interested in? For an additional fee of $50, we can design a program for your class! Please allow three weeks for the development of a new program. Email our environmental education department or call 804-358-7168.

Bird Encounter

Can owls spin their heads all the way around? What adaptations help birds survive in the wild? Soar into the world of birds with an “Encounter” that includes fun facts and a close-up glimpse of one of Maymont’s raptors.

SOL: 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.5, 5.5, LS.4, LS.9, BIO.7

Reptile Encounter

How do snakes smell their surroundings? Do turtles have backbones? Slither into the secretive world of reptiles with an “Encounter” that includes fun facts and a close-up glimpse of one of Maymont’s reptiles.

SOL: K.6, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.5, 5.5, LS5, BIO.7

Hooray for Habitats

From fields to forests, all animals and plants need a habitat! Students will investigate different Virginia habitats and the food, water, shelter and space required for animals to survive.

SOL: K.6, K.7, 1.5, 1.7

Habitats of Virginia

Discover the commonwealth’s diverse ecosystems and the animals and plants that call them home. Students will learn what impact nature and humans have on these natural resources.

GRADE: 2-4
SOL: 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9

Food Chains

Ever wonder what bears eat for lunch? Find out what the animals at Maymont eat while learning about food chains. Students explore herbivores, carnivores and omnivores as they compare the teeth and skulls of animals. Producers, consumers and decomposers are also investigated.

GRADE: 2-4
SOL: 2.5, 3.5, 4.5

Life Cycles

How does a tadpole turn into a frog? What kinds of animals hatch from eggs? Students learn how animals grow up as they investigate the changes animals go through in their life cycles.

SOL: K.6, K.9, 1.4, 1.5, 2.4, 3.8, 4.5

Animal Adaptations

Animals use physical and behavioral adaptations to survive. Students will explore animal adaptations through hands-on investigations of camouflage, mimicry, hibernation, migration, physical characteristics for classification, and more.

GRADE: 3-5
SOL: 3.4, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5

Creature Features

Learn how animals tough it out in the wild using claws, jaws, shells, smells and more to protect themselves. Students explore these animal adaptations with hands-on activities and a visit from a well protected creature.

SOL: K.2, 1.5

Wildly Inspired

Innovation and engineering can be limited by our imaginations, but when we look to nature we may find answers all around us! As we journey through the world of biomimicry, we’ll explore inventions inspired by wildlife and practice the scientific method through a series of wild challenges.

GRADE: 3-8
SOL: 3.1, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 6.1, 6.9, LS.1, LS.9, LS.11, BIO.1, BIO.8

James River

Learn about this natural resource that runs through downtown Richmond. Discover what a watershed is while investigating factors that affect water quality. A hands-on experiment helps students to understand how pollutants end up in the James River.

GRADE: 3-5
SOL: 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9, 5.7

Wonders of Watersheds

Is your watershed healthy? Discover your watershed address while testing water for major pollutants. Middle school students learn more about these pollutants and how they affect the plants and animals that live in the watershed.

GRADE: 6-8
SOL: 6.7, 6.9, LS.10, LS. 11, ES.8

Signs and Finds

Who left those footprints? Whose home is in that tree? We’ll investigate tracks, nests, and other clues that tell us which animals have been hanging around.

SOL: K.6, K.7, 1.5, 2.5

Creatures of the Night

As we’re going to bed at night, some animals are just waking up! We’ll explore the many adaptations of nocturnal animals and learn how they navigate through their sunless environment.

GRADE: 2-5
SOL: 2.5, 3.5, 3.6, 4.5, 5.5

Insect Encounter

From butterflies to beetles, insects make up the largest group of invertebrates! With the help of some friendly bugs and some fun activities, we will learn about these crawly critter’s unique physical characteristics help them to survive in their habitats.

SOL: K.7, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, LS.4, LS.8, BIO.6

After-School Programs

Looking for a more in-depth program? We provide after-school programs that meet one hour per week for 5-8 weeks, include a variety of environmental science concepts using live animal ambassadors and hands-on activities, and correlate to the Virginia SOLs for Science (grades K–2 or 3–5). Email our environmental education department or call 804-358-7168 for more information. Prices vary; 16 students maximum, 10 minimum. Financial assistance may be available.