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Natural Resources Area

Do you know what the state fish of Virginia is? Have you ever seen a live snake in person? Did you know that Virginia has State Forests? Would you like to learn more about Soils? Have you ever been to a Virginia State Park? Have you ever wandered about the geology of Virginia? Do you know the history about the Highway Sign Markers? Do you want to attract more pollinators to your yard?

If you said yes to any of these questions, be sure to visit the Natural Resources Area at the 2019 Virginia State Fair. While at the booths, enter to win a giveaway by signing up for the Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries newsletter, Virginia State Parks newsletter and/or the Dept. of Historic Resources online newsletter. Giveaway prizes include Virginia State Park Yeti Rambler, REI Cooler, State Park Gift Certificate, rock & mineral kit containing samples from Virginia, Water Bottles, Solar Charger, Virginia Tree ID & Shrub ID Books, Complete Fishing Outfit to include rod, reel and accessories; 2020 Virginia Wildlife Calendar. Crayfish of Virginia poster, Bats of the Southeastern US poster, Frogs and Toads of Virginia booklet with CD of calls, Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of VA, a desktop (2 ft size) model of a wind turbine donated from Dept of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the JMU Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy and a Guidebook to Virginia's African American Historical Markers.

Special Programming

Virginia Wildlife from the Mountains to the Sea
Virginia’s vast wealth of wildlife species are managed by the Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Marine Resources Commission. Both agencies work together to ensure the wildlife from the western border to the Atlantic Coast remain healthy. Visit with the staff and live wildlife species found across the state including snakes, salamanders, horseshoe crabs and fresh and marine fish, in the Dominion Classroom.

Meet Virginia’s Raptors
Join the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and The Wildlife Center of Virginia Friday, September 28th – Tuesday, October 2nd to learn more about Virginia’s birds of prey. Different species from The Wildlife Center will be featured each day including live Screech and Barred Owls, a Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Black Vulture and Bald Eagle. Show times are 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm at the Dominion Classroom.

Other agencies represented include the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy, Virginia Department of Forestry, Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Department of Enviromental Quality and National Parks.
There is so much to see, learn and do! Visit this wonderful collection of exhibits.
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