Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Let's Go Green!

Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day, the Museum hosted “Let’s Go Green!”, the last Me at the Museum program for the 2008-2009 school year. Six children ages 3-7 participated in this fun and educational program which centered on ways for children to help the environment at home and in the community.

Some of the projects the children made included an egg carton caterpillar, which taught them to reuse materials in their house, a canvas tote bag to take to the grocery store or library, and a worksheet on how to pack an eco-friendly lunch with reusable containers, water bottle, silverware and napkin. A trash sorting game was played in which everyone learned how to tell what is recyclable, and we went on a nature walk to Lee Park and pointed out all the plants that were helping the atmosphere. We also discussed the way cars hurt the atmosphere and the importance of using other forms of transportation.

The Virginia Discovery Museum offers several Me at the Museum programs throughout the year on Teacher Work Days, Professional Development Days, and other days when the schools are closed. Pre-registration is required for these programs and you can register at the Museum’s front desk or by calling 434-977-1025 and asking for Michelle Staller or Kelly Smith. Registration fees are $25 members/ $30 non-members and the classes last from 9 am – 12 pm.

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