Ecology in Motion at the Science Museum of Virginia
February 25, 2016
On Friday, February 19, The Science Museum of Virginia hosted Ecology In Motion, a free, interactive and educational event with the Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion. Community organizations exhibited, including the VCU Rice Rivers Center, in an effort to bring a spotlight onto ecology, conservation and native plants.
A variety of interesting, hands-on displays from ten different Richmond organizations were available to the visitors, each with materials packed full of useful information to take home. In addition to the Rice Rivers Center with Dr. Art Evans, the community partners included Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Maymont, Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Tricycle Gardens, The Richmond Audubon Society, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, James River Park System, Virginia Master Naturalists, and Virginia Natural Heritage Program.
The event ended in the evening with a performance by Minds In Motion Team XXL performing “Journey of the Monarch Butterfly”, a dance depicting the incredible life cycle of the Monarch. Following the performance, Doug Tallamy, Ph.D., author of Bringing Nature Home, presented a lecture, “Why should you consider planting native?”.
Dr. Tallamy’s visit to Richmond was underwritten by VCU Biology, whose students enjoyed lunch and a lecture entitled “Are Introduced Plants ‘Bad’?”. Many thanks to the ASPIRE students from VCU who helped to make the evening possible with their extensive volunteer efforts.