Animal Appreciation Program

The Animal Appreciation program is a special partnership between local elementary school children and Maymont’s animals. Each fall, students throughout the greater Richmond metropolitan region help support the care of Maymont’s animals through creative, community-minded fundraising efforts. Teachers creatively weave the Animal Appreciation program into their science curriculum as well as using it as a learning experience in economics and money.

Maymont is home to many native Virginia animals including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. Hundreds of animals, representing 80 species, reside within Maymont’s grounds—at the Maymont Farm, in the Wildlife Exhibits and in the Nature Center. These animals depend on the support of the community for their feed and care. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our Animal Appreciation program participants, Maymont continues to offer meaningful, firsthand experiences with nature through school programs that reach nearly 20,000 area school children each year.

Key to the success of the Animal Appreciation program is the enthusiastic support of school teachers, staff and volunteers. The online resources listed below provide information about the program and assist schools and teachers in organizing Animal Appreciation fundraising efforts. For questions, more information or to share your suggestions, comments or stories about the program, please email or call 804-358-7166 ext. 313.

Maymont’s 2016-2017 Animal of the Year is the North American River Otter, chosen by Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, last year’s overall school fundraising winner.

Find Out More

Animal Appreciation Poster
Register Your School Online (or download PDF version)
Teacher’s Easy 1-2-3 Guide to Success
Suggestions and Tips for Animal Appreciation Week
Letter to Parents
List of Maymont Animals
Submit Your Final Results Online (or download PDF version)
Schedule for Animal Appreciation Celebration Day
Animal Appreciation Celebration Day Trip Tips
Maymont Foundation Evacuation/Emergency Plan for School Groups and Guests
Bus Information and Driving Directions
Maymont Estate Map
Field Trips