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VINS 2017 Summer Nature Camp
May 1, 2017
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) 2017 Summer Nature Camp schedule is now online and open for registration. With limited availability, planning ahead is the best way to secure a place for your child in these fun and educational programs. Children will have a unique opportunity to spend a week immersed in hands-on nature adventures. 
This summer, VINS will offer an additional overnight camp, Natural Leaders, at the VINS Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve in Washington, VT. We had much success with the two overnight camps that were launched last year at this same wilderness site. Located on 327 acres of diverse wetlands, forests, and fields, each overnight camp runs for one week. The first session will involve a field study expedition that hones campers' research skills while developing an appreciation for biological diversity and natural ecosystems. The second session focuses on outdoor survival skills and human interaction with nature. Finally, the third week of overnight camp, which we are introducing this summer, challenges campers to step into the role of an outdoor leader by serving as Trail Leaders for the day, helping the staff to lead a hike or a work crew including how to plan the route, pack the food, and look out for the group.
Nature Camps for children in pre-kindergarten through grade eight are currently available at four locations in Vermont and New Hampshire: VINS Nature Center in Quechee, VT; ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Gallery in South Pomfret, VT; VINS' Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve in Washington, VT; and Storr's Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, NH. All sessions will provide campers with the opportunity to explore nature through interactive activities and outdoor investigations.
Many camp sessions, like those below, will fill quickly, so sign up early to secure enrollment for your child:
Survival Superpowers immerses children into the world we share with amazing animals that have superpowers as the key to their success. Discover the incredible abilities of animals to see, hear, smell, feel, and taste. 
Advanced SOAR gives campers the opportunity to delve deeply into the world of raptors, a special camp theme only available at the VINS Nature Center. 
Natural History Mysteries fill the day with diverse themes, eco-quests, and scavenger hunts through the forest -- campers will become nature detectives and solve a natural history mystery every day.
 
VINS believes all children should have the opportunity to experience VINS Nature Camp, and, therefore, provides camp scholarships to families in need of support. If you would like your child to experience the joy of outdoor exploration and discovery that VINS' camp programs offer, but the cost does not suit your budget, please inquire about these discounts. Scholarships for the 2017 camp season have been made possible through the generosity of the Seventh Generation Foundation and the Horne Family Foundation.
For more information about VINS Nature Camps, for online registration, to download a scholarship application, or to become a VINS member, please visit vinsweb.org/nature-camps or call 802.359.5000, ext. 223.
For information about VINS Nature Camps and the variety of exhibits, programs, and environmental education opportunities offered, please visit our website at vinsweb.org or call 802.359.5000. Stay connected with VINS through our nature blog at vtnature.blogspot.com and our Facebook page.
The Nature Center at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science has been awarded the Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence and was voted Best Nature Experience in Yankee Magazine's Editor's Choice Best of New England 2017.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, avian rehabilitation, and research organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. VINS' mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee Gorge, features state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, interpretive nature trails, onsite educational programs and the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. Through the Center for Environmental Education, VINS provides high-quality, relevant, hands-on inquiry science and place-based learning opportunities for students and teachers throughout the region.
 
 
 
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