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Incredible Insect Festival

Insect Festival

July 8, 2023 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Incredible Insect Festival
Saturday, July 8 / 10 AM – 5 PM
Included with General Admission

Welcome to the fascinating world of insects at the Incredible Insect Festival! Visit with the The Caterpillar Lab as they showcase a selection of native caterpillars. Learn about the importance of pollinators while you meet a local beekeeper and discuss dragonflies with the Black River Action Team. Get up close and personal with invertebrates of all shapes with Uncharted Wild. Through demonstrations, exhibits, games and crafts, visitors to the VINS Nature Center will have a fun day discovering the incredible insects we share our planet with.


All Day / 10 AM – 5 PM

  • Beekeeper Peter Hadeka – Come learn about the fascinating life of a bee hive. Honey for sale. (Area beside the Reptile Room)
  • Dragonflies with the Black River Action Team (BRAT) – Learn how you can be a Dragonfly Detective! (Hawkfly Green near path)
  • Bug Safaris: Go on a bug hunt. Educators will be with you to help you identify the critters you find. How many bugs will you catch? (Meadow)
  • Bugs of the Canopy Walk: Learn about what makes a bug and go look for them high up in the trees. There’s a whole new world of bugs you could find up in the Canopy! (Canopy Walk)
  • Gettin’ Buggy Crafts (Pavilion Overhang)

9 AM – 12 PM / Neale Pavilion
Drawing From Nature Class 2: Pollinators and their Flowers

Learn tips and tricks for drawing as well as for creating vivid pages that depict personal natural history experiences during this class dedicated to pollinators. Pre-registration is required.

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM / Hawkfly
Turtle Time

Meet Turt and Jersey, VINS ambassador Turtles, as they have their morning stroll. Chat with an educator about these cool creatures.

10:30 AM – 12 PM / Hawkfly
Artist on Site

Meet local artist Daisy Hebb.

11 AM – 11:30 AM / Hawkfly
Predators of the Sky

Join us as we explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors.

11:30 AM – 2 PM / Next to Nature Store
Frankfurters for Lunch

Frankfurters Family Catering will be on campus serving hot dogs (vegan option) with fresh homemade condiments and fresh squeezed lemonade. Cash and Venmo available for payment.

11:30 AM – 4:30 PM / Next to August Pavilion
Caterpillar Lab with Sam Jaffe

Learn about the wonderful world of caterpillars with the Caterpillar Lab. Many native New England caterpillars will be on display for you to observe.

12:30 PM – 4 PM / Hawkfly
Artist on Site

Meet local artist Margie Salvatore

1 PM – 2 PM / Hawkfly
Invertebrates with Uncharted Wild

This up-close encounter will be sure to delight folks of all ages with a collection of invertebrates. Learn how spiders aren’t insects and how these creatures survive in this big big world.

2 PM – 2:30 PM / Neale Pavilion
Insect Migration

Join a VINS educator to learn about some incredible insects that are able to migrate, traveling hundreds, even thousands of miles during these journeys.

3 PM – 3:30 PM / Hawkfly
Predators of the Sky

Join us as we explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors.