Birds Are Dinosaurs

Birds Are Dinosaurs

Birds are Dinosaurs

Embark on a journey through 250 million years to explore the evolution of birds from theropod dinosaurs, with VINS as your guide. Students will discover the amazing adaptations that emerged to make birds what they are today. Learn how animals change over time, why some don’t survive while others thrive, and come face to face with a living dinosaur. Your perception of the chickadee will be changed forever.

Aligned Standards

  • 3-LS4-1
  • 3-LS4-3

Crosscutting Concept: Stability and Change
An Educator Manual is available to help prepare for your visit to VINS.

Your Day at VINS

Your field trip includes an 80 minute guided program including an introduction to the topic of bird evolution from theropod dinosaurs, an active outdoor game and a chance for students to reflect upon what they learned. After the guided portion we invite you to enjoy lunch on our grounds and explore the exhibits and/or trails at the nature center. This field trip includes a live raptor on glove.

Age Ranges

Birds Are Dinosaurs is suitable for students in grades 3-5. There is also an opportunity to adapt the existing program for older students with advanced planning.

Your Guide

All VINS educators have extensive experience in environmental education, the natural sciences and science instruction. Every instructor works with a certified teacher in NH and VT to ensure their content and methods align with the Next Generation Science Standards and the best practices for outdoor education. All instructors are First Aid and CPR certified.

Birds Are Dinosaurs

Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.