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Hoots & Howls

Hoots & Howls

October 27 | 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

VINS Members: FREE
Non-Members Day & Evening:
$15.50 Adults; $14.40 Seniors; $13.50 Youth (ages 4-17)
3 & under free

Non-Members Evening Only:
(4:30 – 8:00pm)
$10 Adults; $8 Youth (ages 4-17)
3 & under free

Hoots and Howls is a full day, family friendly event. Each portion of the day is designed to be educational, nature-based, non-frightening, and fun! Together we will get up close to snakes, owls, skulls and bones. In addition, there will be opportunities to create crafts and have ooey-gooey Halloween fun all day long! The evening portion includes a guided tour through multiple stations where you will enjoy stories, experiments, puppetry and a skit. The center will be lit with Jack-o-Lanterns and you can wrap up the evening with Tricky Treats.

Hoots & Howls is sponsored by: A to Z Cakes, Cedar Circle Farm, Co-op Food Stores of NH & VT, Pizza Chef of Quechee, Riverview Farm, and Walmart.

10:30am – 10:50am
Cold-blooded Critters 

Just in time for Halloween, come meet our resident reptiles in this engaging program featuring live snakes and turtles and touchable artifacts.

10:00am – 1:00pm
Poops and Pellets

How do we know what animals are hiding in the Vermont woods? By what they leave behind! Dissect some real owl pellets and learn about mammal scat with edible “poop”.

10:00am – 4:00pm
Spooky Crafts

Stop in and make a Halloween-themed nature craft to decorate your home for this fall holiday.

11:00am – 4:00pm
Face Painting

An owl mask, a bat on the back of your hand, or a creepy spider crawling up your arm—come get in character for Hoots & Howls!

11:00am – 11:45am
Owls: Myths and Misconceptions

Are owls really as wise as they seem? Find out in this program featuring several species of live owls.

1:30pm – 3:30pm
Scary Science Station

Ever wonder how spiders digest the flies they catch in their webs? What’s the strongest structure you can build with toothpicks and Halloween candy? Let’s find out!

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Skulls & Bones

Discover how much you can learn from skulls and bones in this ongoing hands-on activity.

2:45pm – 3:15pm
Raptor Feeding Time

In true Halloween spirit, watch our raptors pick the bones of their own tricky treats.

3:30pm – 4:15pm
Predators of the Sky

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Peeps & Squeaks

Enjoy a puppet show, crafts, songs, and edible owl pellets in this interactive program for young audiences. You’ll get to meet a live owl up close. “Owl” see you there!

5:30pm – 8:00pm
Tours & Tricky Treats

Join us on a guided tour as we visit four stations around the center to be entertained by master storyteller Simon Brooks, perform spooky science experiments, observe engaging puppetry with Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, and watch a comical nature skit. At the end of your tour, you’ll have an opportunity to eat some yummy tricky treats and enjoy a live bird encounter in our pavilion.

For more information, contact us at 802.359.5000 or info@vinsweb.org.