The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach unveiled its new Restless Planet exhibits to homeschool families from as far away as Harrisonburg and Front Royal during the HEAV-sponsored Homeschool Day on Thursday, January 28, 2010. Museum staff and volunteers were ready to point out the unusual features of the animals, fish, and sea creatures, as well as to answer questions from curious homeschooled students. The four immersive habitats included dozens of new exhibits.
Students could feel the humidity and hear sounds of thunder and dripping water, while viewing unusual animals in the Southeast Asia exhibit. Families walked through a forty-foot tunnel surrounded by delicate live coral in the Red Sea Aquarium. The Mediterranean Sea exhibits featured seahorses, cuttlefish, cobras, scorpions, and hedgehogs. Eagle rays with up to six-foot wingspans swam among some of the most beautiful fish in the world. There were Komodo dragons, the largest lizard in existence, in a habitat with a special viewing area that allowed young guests to crawl under the exhibit and pop up in an acrylic dome to see the animals close up. What an adventure for homeschooling parents and students!
Our thanks to the aquarium for hosting us…and to each of you for your support of HEAV! We couldn’t do what we do without you!