Wildlife Center of Virginia


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Wildlife Center of Virginia

August 21

As part of our Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign, Marstel-Day partnered with the Wildlife Center of Virginia—an internationally acclaimed teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine, as well as an outreach center for native wildlife—to present two special wildlife education sessions to young children in the Fredericksburg area.

Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMOR), Fredericksburg location

CMOR is a not-for-profit organization, existing to create innovative learning experiences for all children and those who support them that inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) Headquarters, Outdoor Pavilion

FOR is a not-for-profit organization, existing to be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River, vis-à-vis advocacy and restoration of the River and its watershed, and education of the Rappahannock community about river stewardship in our own backyards.

These 1-hour sessions included up-close experiences with live, non-releasable wild animals.

Located in Waynesboro, Virginia, the Wildlife Center of Virginia focuses on “teaching the world to care about and to care for wildlife and the environment.” Since its founding in 1982, they have cared for more than 60,000 wild animals – representing 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and have shared the lessons learned from these cases with some 1.5 million school-children and adults across Virginia. In 2007, the Wildlife Center received the National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation as the Conservation Organization of the Year.

The Center conducts off-site programs at schools, organizations and special events in an effort to promote positive attitudes toward wildlife and emphasize how the personal choices we make affect the health of the environment. For the wildlife education sessions in Fredericksburg, the themed program “Whoo’s Awake in the Night” spotlighted nocturnal creatures, focusing on the unique adaptations that these creatures use to thrive in the dark and how our actions during the day affect those animals.