Special Events

Artist Exhibition – Ian Clark

MAY 1 – JULY 31 – Ian Clark’s nature photography contains over 400 species from the Bay of Fundy to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Ian’s work has appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspapers, calendars and print ads. These days, his photo shoots include editorial, stock and commercial users from his home in West Newbury, VT.

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Birding Meet-ups

MAY 25 & 28 – Join us for a Birding Meet-up in May! Meet-ups will take place in different locations each time so that we can visit the varied habitats of our region and observe the diverse birdlife that inhabit each.

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Forest Fairy Hunts

SATURDAYS / MAY 25, JUN 15, AUG 31, SEP 28 – Where do milkweed pods become bathtubs and beds, and acorn caps become dinnerware? In Fairy Town at VINS, of course! Join the Fairy Court to help search the forest for our hidden fairy friends in a scavenger hunt adventure! Forest Fairy hunts offer children and their families a unique opportunity to learn about and connect with the natural world and to nurture respect for the environment.

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Drawing from Nature Class: Watercolor Wildflowers

JUNE 1 – In this Drawing from Nature class, the focus will be on summer wildflowers. Learn tips and tricks for drawing as well as for creating vivid pages that depict personal natural history experiences. Drawing, sketching, and watercolor experience are not necessary, all skill levels welcome.

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Celebrating 20 Years in Quechee

JUNE 8 – Twenty years ago, VINS moved from Woodstock to Quechee and opened the doors of the Nature Center. We’re celebrating the day with a special $5 admission for our visitors. Enjoy live animal programs, scavenger hunts, and refreshments. We’ll also celebrate our VINS Members – visit our booth during the day and enter a special raffle!

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Yoga in the Canopy

JUNE 9 & 30 – Welcome to a yoga class like you’ve never experienced before. Ascend into the treetops on the VINS Forest Canopy Walk and immerse yourself in the beauty of the summer foliage. All levels of experience are welcome.

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Crafts with Critters

JUNE 16 – Have you ever wanted to make art alongside a bird of prey? Artists of all ages are invited to meet an ambassador bird and learn all about raptors while exploring your artistic side. New and younger artists can enjoy crafting along a live step by step demo, while more experienced artists can draw inspiration from our live avian model and create a work of art from life; all this, while learning about the fascinating natural history of North America’s birds of prey! Participants can craft from provided materials or bring their own supplies for some feather-tastic fun, then take home a special souvenir of the experience!

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Moth Ball

JULY 13 – Ever wonder what that bug is fluttering around your porch light at night? Join a VINS educator on the canopy walk at night for the chance to observe, ID, and learn all about the moths and nocturnal insects of Vermont through the simple and fun technique of moth fishing! While waiting for our fluttering friends, meet one of our owl ambassadors who depend on these insects for food and learn how to help out insects near you! 

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Bat Bonanza

AUGUST 17 – Want to know what creatures go bump in the night? Join a VINS educator for a night hike to learn all about bats and bat detection. Using an echo- meter, get the chance to hear the calls of different bats and identify them as echo- locate the world around them

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Hawkwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

SEPTEMBER 1 – We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into Hawkwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Join a VINS educator for this magical event where you can choose your classes and learn all about the real world magic of science!

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Tree Trunk or Treat

OCTOBER 19 – Trick or treat, in the trees! Visit different stations along the Canopy Walk to play games, do puzzles, and learn about the different habitat zones around VINS all while collecting candy!

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Escape from VINS!

NOVEMBER 16 – Escape from VINS! Solve an escape room like no other at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, put your puzzle solving skills to the test all while learning new facts in our two different themed escape rooms.

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Paint, Sip, & Soar

DECEMBER 14 – Join a VINS Educator for a one of a kind – Paint, Sip & Soar – featuring a live raptor model. Get up close and personal with one of our avian ambassadors and garner techniques in painting from life, all while learning about raptor natural history and anatomy.

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