Friday, May 18, 2012

Bears and bobcats: Central Va. gets natural history museum

The Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center
The Rockfish Valley Foundation– motto: "As big as all outdoors!"– has been a relentless booster for the natural resources of Nelson County, and has opened a park, hiking trails, and a scenic loop. Now it's poised to open the Natural History Center, in association with the Virginia Natural History Museum in Martinsville.
A New Natural History Museum in Nelson County VA 
Read more about this new natural history museum here by Lisa Provence in The Hook.
Along with Radford University, the Nelson museum becomes the second operating affiliate. And the Virginia Museum of Natural History in turn is associated with the Smithsonian, which means plenty of resources for the smaller, low-budget museums.
The grand opening is June 16 with the exhibit, "Living off the Land." With the wineries and breweries along Route 151 and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Agelasto believes the new museum will be another reason for visitors to come enjoy Nelson's rural charms.
Agelasto is particularly interested in luring children away from video games and television and toward the magic of the natural world. He finds himself among a growing chorus of those who call the electronic device-centric lifestyle Nature Deficit Disorder. The Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center, he believes, can be part of the cure.
Visit the Nelson Scenic Loop to see what else there is to see when you visit this new museum! 

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