VINS Afterschool Program

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VINS Afterschool Program

Hands-on Nature Exploration at the VINS Nature Center

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Students will learn from the animals and habitats they encounter at the VINS Nature Center or the natural spaces around their school and discover the wonders of the natural world.

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Multi-week sessions give students ample time to familiarize themselves with their local environment and make friends along the way.

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Whether tracking an animal through the forest or creating a nature craft, VINS Afterschool Program provides fun, fresh air and outdoor adventure for children.

About our Program

The VINS Afterschool Program is an opportunity for students to continue their learning beyond the confines of the school day.

Hosted at the VINS Nature Center or in partnership with afterschool providers in the Upper Valley, our programs offer students hands-on exploration in the outdoors with a focus on cultivating scientific thinking and ecological awareness.

For more information or to discuss options to set up an afterschool program for your school contact VINS Afterschool Coordinator, Courtney Leo, at 802.359.5000 x208 or email cleo@vinsweb.org.

Multi-week Sessions

Outdoor Fun and Adventure

Learn about the Natural World

VINS Afterschool Programs

Monday Sessions
March 18 & 25 / April 1, 15, 22, 29 / May 6 & 13

Note: No afterschool April 8 due to spring recess. 

OR
Thursday Sessions

March 21 & 28* / April 4, 18, 25 / May 2, 9, 16

*The March 28 session will run from 1 PM – 3 PM due to early release. Due to such, this day is listed as an add-on during registration or can be opted out of by not adding it to your cart.

Time: 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM

Transportation provided from Ottauquechee School to VINS via bus.

Pick-up at VINS Nature Center, 149 Nature's Way, Quechee, VT at 5 PM.

Cost: $136 per child ($17 per day)*
*Full session is required

Full and partial scholarships available. Please contact cleo@vinsweb.org for more information.

Theme: Spring Into Spring

Ages: Grades K - 5

Ottauquechee Students: Register Here

Description:
As winter comes to a close, spring’s thawing Earth is full of wonders and mysteries waiting to be discovered. In Spring into Spring, students will explore the incredible transformation taking place this time of year.  Each week presents opportunities to learn about different creatures and habitats surrounding us as they emerge from their wintertime slumber and welcome the new life spring brings.

Please note: Students should be dressed for the weather and plan to be outside for duration of program.

Tuesday Sessions
March 19 / April 16 / May 21

Time: 1 PM to 3 PM

Transportation provided from Ottauquechee School to VINS via bus.

Pick-up at VINS Nature Center, 149 Nature's Way, Quechee, VT at 3 PM.

Cost: $17 per child per day

Full and partial scholarships available. Please contact cleo@vinsweb.org for more information.

Theme: Early Release Days at VINS

Ages: Grades K - 5

Ottauquechee Students: Register Here

Description:
When school gets out early, VINS is here to fill the afternoon with fun, fresh air, and outdoor adventure! Take a journey with us as we explore some of the many wonders nature has to share. Each early release day at VINs will include guided nature exploration, themed activities or crafts, and time for free play in the great outdoors.

Please note: Students should be dressed for the weather and plan to be outside for duration of program.

Tuesday Sessions
March 12 & 26 / April 2, 23, 30 / May 7 & 14

Note: No afterschool March 19 or April 9 & 16 due to early release days and spring recess.

Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Transportation provided from Dothan Brook School/White River School to VINS via the Hartford Recreation Department.

Pick-up will be held between 5:15 - 5:30 PM at Hartford Town Hall.

Cost: $175 per child*
*Full session is required.

Full and partial scholarships available. Please contact cleo@vinsweb.org for more information.

Theme: Spring Into Spring

Ages: Grades 3 – 5

Location: VINS Nature Center, 149 Nature's Way, Quechee, VT

Dothan Brook & White River Students: Register Here

Description:
As winter comes to a close, spring’s thawing Earth is full of wonders and mysteries waiting to be discovered. In Spring into Spring, students will explore the incredible transformation taking place this time of year.  Each week presents opportunities to learn about different creatures and habitats surrounding us as they emerge from their wintertime slumber and welcome the new life spring brings.

Please note: Students should be dressed for the weather and plan to be outside for duration of program.

Wednesday Sessions
April 17 & 24 / May 8, 15, 22

Note: No afterschool on May 1, due to early release days and spring recess.

Time: 2:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Transportation provided from Hartland Elementary School to VINS via the Hartland Recreation Department.

Pick-up will be held at 5:00 PM at the Hartland Recreation Center.

Cost: $135 per child*
*Full session is required.

Full and partial scholarships available. Please contact cleo@vinsweb.org for more information.

Theme: Spring Into Spring

Ages: Grades K – 5

Location: VINS Nature Center, 149 Nature's Way, Quechee, VT

Hartland Elementary Students : Register Here

Description:
As winter comes to a close, spring’s thawing Earth is full of wonders and mysteries waiting to be discovered. In Spring into Spring, students will explore the incredible transformation taking place this time of year.  Each week presents opportunities to learn about different creatures and habitats surrounding us as they emerge from their wintertime slumber and welcome the new life spring brings.

Please note: Students should be dressed for the weather and plan to be outside for duration of program.

Fostering Educational Opportunities After School

The VINS Afterschool Program is proud to partner with the Hartford Recreation Department, Hartland Recreation Department, Dothan Brook School, Ottauquechee School, and White River School.