VINS is delighted to partner with the Vermont Council of Trout Unlimited to support the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program in schools across the state. Trout in the Classroom is an environmental education program in which students raise brook trout from eggs delivered in January by Trout Unlimited before releasing them in a local stream in late spring.
At its recent 50th Anniversary celebration, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science was honored with a first-of-its-kind recognition. Presented by Dr. Margaret “Canopy Meg” Lowman, VINS was given a Platinum Plaque from Mission Green, a new program whose mission it is to save 10 of the world’s most endangered forests by 2030 through the creation of canopy walkways.
Fine art photographer Jennifer MaHarry channels her love of wildlife into images that capture the spirit of each subject. Jennifer’s work has appeared in major newspapers, magazines, museums, art galleries and international art fairs with notable celebrities collecting her work. Photographs are printed on archival papers — either 100% natural handmade or cotton rag, using archival inks, framed in solid wood frames.
The new Songbird Aviary exhibit replaces the existing aviary with a larger space, with greater visibility, and includes enhanced interpretation to educate our visitors. The new space safely houses non-releasable songbirds native to Vermont. Small trees and shrubs planted for food and cover fill the space, along with a water area. Visitors may quietly observe the birds as they go about their lives.
In celebration of VINS 50 Year Anniversary we are pleased to announce local artist Margaret (Peggy) Lampe Kannenstine’s art exhibit, open April 2 to June 30 in the Neale Pavilion at the VINS Nature Center. Peggy is an artist whose acrylic paintings and works on paper have been shown widely for decades, and are held in many permanent collections around the country.
Over the last 50 Years, through several iterations and even rising from occasional adverse events, VINS has become a sought-after destination for visitors to Vermont and the Upper Valley. To mark this historic occasion, VINS will host a series of fun events throughout the year. There will also be an anniversary celebration on or close to the actual birth date of VINS in mid-October.
VINS is proud to announce that we are developing a series of new research projects. We are in a unique position to observe and record natural trends through time, taking advantage of both the expansive space and combination of distinctive microenvironments present.
The VINS Nature Center is excited to announce that we reopened to the public on Monday, June 15, 2020. We are welcoming guests once again to our outdoor spaces and exhibits, including the Forest Canopy Walk, Adventure Playscape, Nature Trails, Raptor Enclosures and Songbird Aviary.
During the week of May 18-22, 2020, we invite the community to join students and teachers to our Virtual Science Symposium, as we present “Meet a Scientist or Engineer” on our YouTube channel.
FourScienceVT, a museum consortium led by ECHO, Fairbanks, Montshire, and VINS, band together to address the disparity of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education of Vermont’s communities during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.