Virginia Living Museum

aka The VLM   |   Newport News, VA   |  http://www.thevlm.org

Mission

Connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.

Ruling year info

1965

Principal Officer

Rebecca Kleinhample

Main address

524 J Clyde Morris Blv.

Newport News, VA 23601 USA

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EIN

54-6055922

NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Virginia Living Museum will continue to be the premier learning laboratory to showcase Virginia’s natural and living resources so that people, of all ages and in future generations, will understand and protect the balance of our natural world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education Programs

The Virginia Living Museum's trained educators provide hands-on classroom and laboratory programs in the natural and space sciences for students in grades K-12. Programs are offered at the museum, in-school and during off-site safaris. All programs are grade-level targeted and correlated to Virginia's Standards of Learning.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Alliance of Museums 1976

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of the Virginia Living Museum is be to stimulate knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the biological and physical world, and to develop an understanding of its relationship to the environment of the planet and the universe beyond.

This shall be accomplished by providing a variety of living interpretive exhibits and education programs for the public, students and educators that encourage a commitment to protection and conservation of our natural world and its delicately balanced components.

Visitors to the Living Museum encounter more habitats, wildlife and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia. The exhibits showcase all of the state’s regions from the upland coves of the Appalachian Mountains to the salty offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and feature more than 245 different animal species.

Members and visitors can enjoy special programs and weekend safaris to the caves, swamps and fossil banks of Virginia, helping to bring science and nature up close and personal to young and old alike.

Opened in 1966 as the Junior Nature Museum and Planetarium through the combined efforts of the Junior League of Hampton Roads and the Warwick Rotary Club, the facility expanded and was renamed the Peninsula Nature and Science Center in 1976.

In 1987, the facility again expanded and was renamed the Virginia Living Museum, becoming the first living museum east of the Mississippi, combining the elements of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium.

More than two million students have visited the Museum since 1987. All of the Museum’s classes are correlated to Virginia’s Standards of Learning and targeted to specific grade levels.

With more than 500 active volunteers, the Virginia Living Museum is testimony to the appreciation and overwhelming support it receives from the local community.

In the Strategic Plan adopted in 2012, the Museum expanded its mission into the area of human health, to explore the connections between humans, animals and the environment. With this new initiative, the Museum has begun expanding programming and exhibits into new areas designed to improve health awareness in our community and to promote the science education necessary for emerging health-related careers.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Virginia Living Museum

Board of directors
as of 5/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James Burnett

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, W.M. Jordan Company, Inc.


Board co-chair

Karen Velkey

Corporate Vice President of Compensation & Benefits, Huntington Ingalls Industries

James Burnett

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, W.M. Jordan Company, Inc.

Karen Velkey

Corporate Vice President of Compensation & Benefits, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Elisabeth Williams

VP Strategy, Marketing & Development, Riverside Corporate Office

Rebecca Kleinhample

Executive Director, The Virginia Living Museum

Rebecca Aman

Attorney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No