Virtual Tours and Online Programs

As we all navigate the COVID-19 crisis together, the Wildlife Center is offering live virtual tours and online programs about wildlife and the Center’s work.

All in-person programs and events have currently been suspended.  Please sign-up for our email list to receive notifications on future open house dates and events; sign up for "The Inside Poop" to keep up-to-date on all Center happenings! 

Current Event Schedule: Week of June 1

  • Monday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern: Join us Facebook LIVE as we celebrate Edie the American Kestrel -- it's her 15th anniversary! 
  • Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern: Join us on the Critter Cam moderated discussion for our online Wildlife Book Club! We'll be discussing "What the Robin Knows" by Jon Young. 
  • Thursday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern: We continue Season Two of Untamed with a re-cap on the Best of Season One!  No new episode this week since it's VPM's pledge week, but join us to see snippets from the top three episodes of last season. Which animals will they focus on? Tune in and find out!  Watch with us on VPM public television stations in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and Richmond. The new episodes will also be streamed via Facebook Live on Wildlife Center of VirginiaVPM, and Science Matters Facebook pages.
  • Friday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern: Join us on Facebook LIVE as we celebrate World Environment Day! We'll have a special focus on the Chesapeake Bay during this screenshare presentation. 

 

Private Virtual Programs

Looking for something a little more customized for your group?  Schedule a private virtual program!  Learn about the inner-workings of a wildlife hospital, meet one of the Center's non-releasable education ambassadors up-close, and enjoy a personalized question-and-answer time tailored toward your group. Learn more about our online opportunities here! 

Archived Tours and Programs

  • Missed a LIVE tour or program? You can still watch! We have a variety of virtual tours of our education ambassadors as well as a few patient areas too! We've also highlighted a number of our education ambassadors in some of our virtual programs here. 
     

Ongoing Opportunities

Critter Cams
Watch Black Bear cubs, Bald Eagles, vultures, and more as you stay at home! The Center's Critter Cams include live feeds of education raptors and recovering patients at the Center, and the moderated discussion is an excellent way to interact with the staff. Feeling isolated? Stop on by and say hi! 

    Untamed Television Series 
    For those parents and children staying at home and making the best of educational opportunities while practicing social distancing, we encourage you to watch Season 1 of Untamed! These 13 episodes take a look at a variety of wild animal species, and we also have a library of materials that support each episode, including patient stories and videos, additional learning resources, and worksheets and activities for students who are watching Untamed as a part of learning on biology, natural history, and the environment. Season 2 premieres on May 21! 

    Activities
    We've created several different activities for wildlife lovers and for those who are teaching younger ones about wildlife while staying home. Download and print a variety of activity sheets here. 


    Patient Stories and Updates 
    Work at the Center has been adapted to keep everyone safe during this health crisis, but the Center staff are still there and working, seven days a week. Read about some of the patients that are currently in our care! And be sure to check out our YouTube channel for a wide variety of educational and entertaining videos at the Center. 

    Wildlife Care Academy Classes
    Our on-demand classes through the Wildlife Care Academy allow you to learn at your own pace! Start with "Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation," and from there, build a learning path that suits your interests and goals.  We have a number of courses available right now, and will be adding more this year. 

    Check this page regularly for an updated list of online activities!