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Sport of Kings Day

Sport of Kings

September 12 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Included with admission to the VINS Nature Center

Lords and Ladies all are invited to celebrate the Sport of Kings—falconry! Experience the history, language, and traditions of this 3000-year-old practice of hunting alongside a trained raptor. Join us for our flighted raptor programs, an enchanted scavenger hunt, and live demonstrations of a real trebuchet. You’ll even meet some modern-day falconers from New England Falconry in Woodstock. Costumes are encouraged!

Full Schedule:

10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm / Thetford Stone
Live Trebuchet Demonstrations
Take part in a medieval siege and watch our 7-foot tall trebuchet in action.

10:30am – 10:50am / Hawkfly
Scales and Serpents
Come wonder at the scaly creatures that live around us, and learn about their habits.

11:00am – 11:45am / 3:30pm – 4:15pm / Hawkfly
The Sport of Kings – Falconry
Morning: Meet these most-renowned hunters from the sky in our program featuring birds of prey in flight!

1:30pm – 2:00pm / Hawkfly
Owls in Myth and Legend
Omens of death or creatures of wisdom? Join us as we explore the lore of owls.

2:00pm – 5:00pm / Behind Neale Pavilion
Meet a Falconer – Jessica Snyder from New England Falconry
Learn about falconry as practiced in our modern age, and meet a licensed VT falconer and her birds.

3:30pm – 4:15pm / Hawkfly
The Sport of Kings – Falconry
Afternoon: Meet these most-renowned hunters from the sky in our program featuring birds of prey in flight!

ALL DAY – Enchanted Forest Scavenger Hunt / McKnight Trail
Follow the Will-o’-the-wisps in this self-guided tour through the forest and learn about creatures from folklore.

ALL DAY – Medicinal Plants of the Meadow / VINS Meadow
Wildflowers are not only beautiful – they’re useful, too! Learn about the ways plants were used throughout history with this self-guided tour through the meadow.

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