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Fledglings Descriptions
FLEDGLINGS Descriptions
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FLEDGLINGS Camp Descriptions – Children Entering Grades 1-3
Ancient Animals
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm*

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Back by popular demand, Ancient Animals will take campers on a journey through time to discover the many awesome animals of the past and how they lived. From the rise of hard-shelled vertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles in the Paleozoic era to the age of the dinosaurs in the Mesozoic all the way to the current era, campers will explore the menagerie of animals that have come and gone from our earth. Ancient Animals will explore how fossils help paleontologists learn about animals and environments that are long gone. With this new knowledge, campers will experiment and imagine what animals may inhabit our world in the future. Get ready to set out on your very own fossil hunt in this exciting camp offering.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUN 18 - 22 Ancient Animals VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
JUL 30 - AUG 3 Ancient Animals VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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Animal Builders – VINS Nature Center
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Campers will become experts in animal architecture as they explore how various animals of all kinds build their homes. From the smallest caddisfly larva case to the largest beaver dam, discover how and why certain creatures build homes the way that they do. Campers will investigate the special characteristics, functions, and habitats of each dwelling and even practice their engineering skills by picking a few favorite examples and attempting to recreate these amazing structures. You will be fascinated by all of the different ways animals create a place to call home sweet home.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 16 - 20 Animal Builders VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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Animal Builders – Storrs Pond Recreation Area
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Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Campers will become experts in animal architecture as they explore how various animals of all kinds build their homes. From the smallest caddisfly larva case to the largest beaver dam, discover how and why certain creatures build homes the way that they do. Campers will investigate the special characteristics, functions, and habitats of each dwelling and even practice their engineering skills by picking a few favorite examples and attempting to recreate these amazing structures. Storrs Pond Recreation Area also offers exceptional opportunities for water adventures including canoeing and swimming.*  You will be fascinated by all of the different ways animals create a place to call home sweet home.
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*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
AUG 6 - 10 Animal Builders Storrs Pond Recreation Area
Hanover, NH
$300 Register
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New! Circles of Life
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Circles of Life offers a week of exploration, hands-on nature discovery, and wonder. This guided investigation of the amazing cycles that occur in our natural world will range from studying metamorphosis in animal species to how the smallest seeds become towering trees in the forest, along with the cycles of our sun, water and even rocks. This camp will deepen participants’ appreciation of the natural world as they discover how connected they really are to the natural world through the food they eat, the air they breathe, and the water they drink.
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*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 9 - 13 Circles of Life VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
AUG 13 – 17 Circles of Life VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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Creepy Crawlies
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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How do bees make honey? What kinds of insects live in the water? Do all spiders make webs? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week of camp adventures. Campers will investigate the secret lives of ants, spiders, worms, grasshoppers, crickets and other creepy crawly critters. Hands-on activities, games and crafts will allow campers to explore where these creatures live, what they eat, how they move, and the role each plays in creating a healthy ecosystem. Bring your bug boxes; there are lots of nooks and crannies at the VINS Nature Center to find creepy crawlies!
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Date Description Location Cost Register
AUG 6 - 10 Creepy Crawlies VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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Fantastic Fliers
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Come explore the world of flight. From a tiny honey bee to the great Bald Eagle, there are so many amazing critters that have the unique ability to fly through the sky. Fantastic Fliers investigates how different animals are able to fly and why it is important for their survival. Campers will go bugging in the meadow, discover the world’s only flying mammal, meet VINS’ resident raptors, and even explore how to engineer their own flying machines! Join VINS to learn all about the power of flight and the creatures of New England that flap, soar, and hover overhead.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 9 - 13 Fantastic Fliers VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
JUL 30 - AUG 3 Fantastic Fliers VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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Habitat Hunters
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Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Every animal needs a habitat, but not all habitats are the same. Our Habitat Hunters team will explore the diverse ecosystems of Storrs Pond Recreation Area and discover how animals make their homes in the forest, field, vernal pool, and water's edge. Habitat treks in search of food, water, shelter, and space will take campers on in-depth explorations of what makes up an animal's habitat as they discover who is living around Storrs Pond or in their very own back yards. Storrs Pond Recreation Area also offers exceptional opportunities for water adventures including canoeing and swimming.*
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*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUN 25 - 29 Habitat Hunters Storrs Pond Recreation Area
Hanover, NH
$300 Register
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Habitat Hunters
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Every animal needs a habitat, but not all habitats are the same. Our Habitat Hunters team will explore the diverse ecosystems of the VINS Nature Center and discover how animals make their homes in the forest, field, vernal pool, and river's edge. Habitat treks in search of food, water, shelter, and space will take campers on in-depth explorations of what makes up an animal's habitat as they discover who is living at the VINS Nature Center or in their very own back yards.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 16 - 20 Habitat Hunters VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
AUG 13 – 17 Habitat Hunters VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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Natural History Mysteries
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Join the VINS Investigators team for a week of natural science sleuthing. Through daily mysteries based on current research in the natural sciences, campers will practice the skills needed to be good detectives and crack the case. Campers will learn to work in a team to piece together some of nature’s most puzzling conundrums: Who is threatening our amphibians? What happened to the Monarch? Is it finally safe for the Bald Eagles to come back? So grab your sleuthing cap, and get ready to follow the clues. You never know where they may lead!
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 23 – 27 Natural History Mysteries VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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New! Survival Superpowers
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Can you spot a rabbit a mile away? Sniff out a scent trail that is 300 hours cold? Or hear a mouse under 2 feet of snow? Did you know that there are superheroes living among us? We share our world with amazing animals and each of them has superpowers that are key to their success. In Survival Superpowers, discover the incredible abilities of animals to see, hear, smell, feel and taste. Each day will be a new investigation into the incredible world of the five senses and campers will test how their own senses stack up against those of animals. During the week there will also be opportunities for beginner yoga to learn how to move and bend move like the animals of the world.*
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*Provided by a certified yoga instructor.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUN 18 - 22 Survival Superpowers VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
AUG 6 - 10 Survival Superpowers VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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VINS Quest - For Fledglings & Falcons
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm
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This camp is the perfect way for your young explorer to be introduced to the world of questing and geocaching, real-life treasure hunting experiences in the outdoors! Campers will set out on adventures to discover the Valley Quests and geocaches of Quechee, VT, while exploring the natural world around them. Our skilled instructors will guide participants in the art of orienteering to become expert VINS-questers. On the last day of camp, the group will work as a team to create their very own VINS Quest to hide for other explorers to find right at the VINS Nature Center!
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 2 – 6
(4-day camp)*
VINS Quest VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$250 Register
AUG 20 – 22
(3-day camp)*
VINS Quest VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$215 Register
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*This is a 4-day camp. There will be no camp held on Wednesday, July 4.
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*This is a 3-day camp. There will be no camp held on Thursday, August 23 or Friday, August 24.
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Water, Water Everywhere – Storrs Pond Recreation Area
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Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
Tuesday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Where swimming lessons meet nature exploration, join VINS and Storrs Pond for a week of exploration and aquatic escapades.* Students will learn swimming fundamentals from the experts and discover why humans have been so inspired by a frog’s kick, a turtle’s stroke, and the beats of a butterfly’s wing. Storrs Pond swim instructors will build campers’ confidence in the water during daily swimming lessons while VINS educators will cultivate your child’s curiosity for science and the great outdoors as they lead adventures in the wetland habitats around the pond. Through swimming, play, and nature exploration, campers will learn how plants and animals have adapted to a world where water truly is everywhere.
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*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 2 – 6
(4-day camp)*
Water, Water Everywhere Storrs Pond Recreation Area
Hanover, NH
$300 Register
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*This is a 4-day camp. There will be no camp held on Wednesday, July 4.
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Woodland Scouts – VINS Nature Center
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Join VINS’ very own woodland scout troop and become at home in the forests surrounding the VINS Nature Center. During this camp, scouts will gain comfort traveling through the woods and be introduced to beginner wilderness skills through exciting themed activities as well as games, stories, crafts, and more. Daily mini-hikes will encourage campers to expand their scout knowledge by learning skills such as how to build a survival shelter, following a map, how to identify trees and plants, and campfire safety. A walk in the woods will never be the same again after this week of “tree-mendous” fun. Campers who successfully master these skills will assist in building a campfire at the end of the week for a closing ceremony.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUN 25 - 29 Woodland Scouts VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
JUL 23 – 27 Woodland Scouts VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$275 Register
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Woodland Scouts – Storrs Pond Recreation Area
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Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
Tuesday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Join VINS’ very own woodland scout troop and become at home in the forests surrounding Storrs Pond. During this camp, scouts will gain comfort traveling through the woods and be introduced to beginner wilderness skills through exciting themed activities as well as games, stories, crafts, and more. Daily mini-hikes will encourage campers to expand their scout knowledge by learning skills such as how to build a survival shelter, following a map, how to identify trees and plants, and campfire safety. A walk in the woods will never be the same again after this week of “tree-mendous” fun. Campers who successfully master these skills will assist in building a campfire at the end of the week for a closing ceremony. Storrs Pond Recreation Area also offers exceptional opportunities for water adventures including canoeing and swimming.*
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 30 - AUG 3 Woodland Scouts Storrs Pond Recreation Area
Hanover, NH
$300 Register
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*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.
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