Explore VINS

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Self Guided: A Day at the VINS Nature Center

The VINS Nature Center has so much to offer students and teachers. Hike our nature trails, learn about our resident birds, and go on a scavenger hunt as you explore the enclosures. Visit the Birds are Dinosaurs exhibit (open April - October) and the Forest Exhibit (open year-round). Visit our meadow and explore the hundreds of wildflowers that flourish there during the spring and summer. Attend a public raptor program or register ahead for special animal encounters.

Contact Linda Conrad, Lead Experience Navigator at lconrad@vinsweb.org to create the right experience for your group.

Your Day at VINS

Your field trip visit starts with an orientation and includes the opportunity to participate in daily programs:

  • Turtle Feeding
  • Songbird Care
  • Live Raptor Presentation
  • Snake Encounter

Personalize Your Field Trip

Additionally, your admission grants you access to all the exhibits, facilities and trails on our campus:

  • Birds are Dinosaurs
  • Forest Exhibit
  • Live Raptor Enclosures
  • Songbird Aviary
  • Woodland trails leading to the riverside
    (a portion of this trail is ABA accessible)
  • Meadow Walk
  • Indoor reptile exhibits

We invite you to enjoy lunch on our grounds and continue to explore the nature center.

Animal Options

Mammals
Deer, Moose, Coyote, Bobcat, Bat, and Beaver

Birds
Owls, Hawks, and Falcons

Reptiles and Amphibians
Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs

Age Ranges

Explore VINS is suitable for students of all ages

Program Options

We’ll work with you to schedule the raptor program that most aligns with your needs. Topics include but are not limited to: habitat, physics of flight, migration, falconry, and adaptations.

VINS Visit

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

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