Living Wedge Dedication Ceremony


Matoaka offers students 

a special learning area for Science!

Thanks to the efforts by the community, PTA and staff – Matoaka’s Living Wedge became possible.

The Living Wedge is a “living” nature center for the children of Matoaka Elementary School that provides students with hands-on opportunities for Science enrichment.  Created in 2010 by 5th grade teacher John Spence and the Matoaka PTA, “The Wedge” houses captive bred snakes, lizards and other animals for students to observe. Modeled in tribute to the Virginia Living Museum, this unqiue area inside the school gives students a rare opportunity to see and interact with animals while fostering a love for Science. To help maintain the Wedge, students from the 5th grade Wedge Club come in every morning before school to clean cages, feed animals, and use Science and Math to track growth and health patterns.  The space includes live animals, large interactive exhibits and many local species of reptiles and amphibians.

VIDEO TOUR of Matoaka’s Living Wedge



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Questions or for additional information:

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