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  • Apply for a Virginia Racing License

    Virginia Racing Commission

    The commission has the power to issue or deny licenses to owners and operators of horse racetracks or facilities where race meetings are held and pari-mutuel wagering is permitted, and may suspend or revoke the licenses.

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  • Become a Member

    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    VMFA Members receive free admission to all ticketed exhibitions as well as discounts and free access to many classes, programs, and events such as the Focus Series.

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  • Become a Volunteer

    Gunston Hall

    Learn more about the volunteer opportunities at Gunston Hall and fill out the online application to be contacted for an interview.

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  • Book a Cabin

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    There are over 300 cozy, climate-controlled cabins throughout the state. View cabin rental rates, availability or make an online reservation.

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  • Dam Safety and Floodplains Management

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    Whether it's helping localities with floodplain ordinances, explaining flood insurance or certifying the structural integrity of dams, DCR staff helps reduce flooding to protect citizens and their property. Each decade, floods cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and, in Virginia, about 2,000 dams are regulated. Most are owned by individuals or governments. DCR engineers certify those dams' safety and integrity.

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  • Find a State Park

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    DCR manages 36 Virginia State Parks, and there's one within an hour's drive of nearly every Virginian. Parks have modern-day and overnight facilities as well as friendly and professional staff that complement the state’s most beautiful scenery. A visit to a state park enhances guests' appreciation of the outdoors and restores the mind, body and spirit.

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  • Get Your Tourism Essentials

    Virginia Tourism Corporation

    Love tourism? Sign-up for the Virginia Travel Post newsletter, order publications, view the Virginia Tourism Corporation marketing plan or download the Virginia is for Lovers logo.

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  • Guided Tours

    Gunston Hall

    Guided tours are offered daily from 9:30AM-5PM. Admission is $10 with discounts available for seniors, military members, and children.

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  • Hunting and Fishing License

    Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

    Every person who is required to have a hunting and fishing license must carry such license and shall show the license immediately upon request of any officer whose duty it is to enforce the game and inland fish laws, or upon the demand of any owner or lessee, or any employee or representative of such owner or lessee, upon whose land or water such person may be hunting, trapping, or fishing.

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  • Museum Exhibits

    Virginia Museum of Natural History

    The museum's exhibits provide a look into the natural history of the world, with a focus on Virginia, from hundreds of millions of years ago to present day.

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  • Museum Research & Collections

    Virginia Museum of Natural History

    The Virginia Museum of Natural History has over 10 million specimens in its collections in the areas of archaeology, bryozoans, earth science, amphibians and reptiles, recent invertebrates, invertebrate Fossils, birds, mammals, frozen tissues, plant fossils, and vertebrate fossils. In addition to its specimens, the museum employs 5 full time curators dedicated to the areas of archaeology, paleontology, mammalogy, earth sciences, and recent invertebrates. Museum scientists, past and present, were responsible for naming 520 species new to science.

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  • Natural Heritage Programs

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    DCR manages more than 60 different natural area preserves to protect some of the state's most significant areas. These places are home to rare, unique and endangered species and natural communities. Although undeveloped, the preserves offer limited public access. DCR also works with other public and private landowners to identify and protect natural heritage resources throughout the state.

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  • Office of Land Conservation

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    Land conservation preserves Virginia's heritage, offers recreational opportunity, and improves water quality, wildlife and quality of life. In addition to managing its lands, DCR helps landowners, land trusts and localities by serving as a clearinghouse and keeping an inventory of protected lands.

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  • Order a Virginia Travel Guide

    Virginia Tourism Corporation

    Order a travel guide, a Virginia campground directory, Civil War trails map and more.

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  • Plan a Field Trip to the Frontier Museum

    Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

    Submit the registration request for a Field Trip. Frontier Museum Education Staff will be in contact to confirm a date and finalize the program's design.

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  • Planning and Recreation Resources

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    DCR authors the state's most comprehensive land planning, conservation and recreation document, the Virginia Outdoors Plan. The plan details outdoor recreation needs, issues and priorities, includes models for multi-purpose land use and sustainable development, and spells out long-term recommendations on state and planning district levels. DCR also manages the state's Scenic Rivers Program and provided to localities planning and recreation resources technical assistance and grants.

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  • Rent the Frontier Museum

    Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

    Looking for a special place for your special event? The Frontier Culture Museum facilities are versatile to accommodate any special occasion. From rustic to contemporary, cozy to spacious (up to 400 seated), the facilities are suitable for weddings, receptions, reunions, business meetings, staff retreats and company picnics.

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  • Report Wildlife Violations

    Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

    Every year, Conservation Police Officers inspect thousands of people hunting, fishing, and boating in the Commonwealth. In instances where non-compliance with established laws and regulations is detected, officers may warn, summons, or arrest violators.

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  • Soil and Water Conservation Programs

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    Runoff from yards, streets, parking lots, farm fields and construction sites is the leading source of water pollution in Virginia. This runoff is called nonpoint source pollution because its sources are diffuse, and that's why everyone must work to stop it. DCR helps by teaching citizens lawn care techniques that keep pollution from reaching nearby streams and faraway waterways, such as the Chesapeake Bay.

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  • Title, Register or Renew My Boat

    Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) administers all boat titling and registration of recreational boats in Virginia. All motorboats used on the public waters of Virginia must be registered and titled.

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  • VMNH Education Programs

    Virginia Museum of Natural History

    The museum provides a large variety of educational services to all citizens of the Commonwealth. The museum has a dedicated education staff available to provide educational programming at the museum, through outreach, as well as distance learning.

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  • Visit a Virginia Winery or Brewery

    Virginia Tourism Corporation

    Search for local wineries and breweries in Virginia to find hours, address and contact information.

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