Public Programs

Teaching the world to care about, and care for, wildlife and the environment

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The Wildlife Center of Virginia offers a variety of educational programs for a range of audiences. The conservation themes in our programs are drawn directly from the stories of the thousands of wild animals we treat every year.

Our programs illustrate the wider problems wildlife face—litter, pesticides, free-roaming domestic animals, habitat loss, and diseases. These stories challenge people of all ages to take action to protect wildlife.

Online & Virtual Programs

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The Wildlife Center has a variety of online educational and distance-learning opportunities for participants of all ages. Our programs promote positive attitudes toward wildlife, and emphasize how the personal choices we make affect the health of the environment. Use the links below or click here to explore our virtual program offerings.


Virtual Education Programs

$   For schools and clubs and civic groups, themed educational programs are conducted by Wildlife Center Outreach & Education staff. These programs feature Ambassador animals.

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Streaming Public Programs

Free, open to the public programs stream regularly through the Wildlife Center’s Facebook page. This programming includes the monthly Hospital Cam that takes the audience inside the work of treating native wild animals. 

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Critter Cams

Three live video streams give inside views of the enclosures that house some of our patients and ambassadors. Chat with WCV staff and fellow cam followers through a moderated discussion window.

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Tours and Off-site Programs

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A woman takes a photograph of a red-tailed hawk.

A visit to the Wildlife Center of Virginia is a truly unique opportunity for your class, club, or group to learn about the inner workings of a wildlife hospital and take an up-close look at our resident non-releasable Ambassador Animals. You can also invite the Wildlife Center of Virginia to present one of our award-winning environmental education programs at your library, festival, school, organization, or special event. All Wildlife Center programs include up-close experiences with live, non-releasable wild animals—hawks, owls, falcons, snakes, turtles, and opossums. Find out more, or use the buttons below to request a program.

Request on-site Tour or Field Trip         request Off-Site Program

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All four seasons of the Wildlife Center’s award-winning public television series UNTAMED: Life Is Wild are streamable online. Season 4 episodes appear below. For prior seasons, visit the main UNTAMED page.

Are you a teacher interested in using UNTAMED in the classroom? Each episode of the series is accompanied by a compendium of educational resources.

Educational Resources

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In addition to our in-person and streaming programs, the Wildlife Center offers a wide array of online educational resources to help teachers and parents and life-long learners extend their knowledge of issues affecting wildlife and the environment. Click here to read the full description, or follow the links below to find out more.


Virginia SOLs

Many of our programs are designed to complement Virginia’s Standards of Learning for science.

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Lesson Plan Ideas

A compilation of subjects and lesson plans created by teachers who use the Center’s information and resources in their classrooms.

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UNTAMED Compendia

Each episode of our award-winning public television series includes education resources keyed to the learning themes of the episode.

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