VINS Afterschool Program

Fledglings with string net 2017

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.


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

Multi-week Sessions

Outdoor Fun and Adventure

Learn about the Natural World

VINS Afterschool Programs

Ottauquechee School - Afterschool Session

Tuesday Sessions FILLING FAST!
September 5, 12, 26 / October 3, 10, 24, 31

Note: no afterschool session on September 19 or October 17.

Thursday Sessions SOLD OUT!
September 7, 14, 28 / October 5, 12, 19, 26

Note: no afterschool session on September 21.

Time: 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM

Transportation provided from Ottauquechee School to VINS on Bus #12

Pick-up at VINS Nature Center, 149 Nature's Way, Quechee, VT at 5:15 PM

Cost: $119 per child for 7-week Session*

*Full session is required

Theme: Nature Senses

Ages: Grades K - 5

Ottauquechee Students Register Here


In Nature Senses, VINS will lead young scientists on a sensory exploration through the environment around us. Weekly themes will focus on nature topics through the lens of our sense of sight, smell, hearing, taste, or touch. Put your sight to the test as we search for natures’ colors, focus in on our sense of hearing as we map the landscape around us using sound, or get in tune with your sense of touch as we identify trees by their texture. Join VINS each week as we experience nature through all of our senses.

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.