Field Trips

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Field Trip Rate

$10.50 per Youth
Free for School Staff
$12.50 per Parent Chaperone

Reservations required.

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

November 1 - April 15
10am to 4pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 5pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

Field Trips to the Nature Center

At the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, your students will be immersed in a rich learning experience. Our field trips are designed to work with and enhance your curriculum, making every visit to VINS a valuable experience for your students. All of our field trips are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. 

VINS has been a leader in environmental education since 1972. Our staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge in outdoor education, the natural sciences and teaching methods. We’ll work with you to deepen the connections between your learning goals in the classroom and your outdoor exploration at VINS. Classes are able to explore the VINS campus before and after their lesson and enjoy on-site educational programs at no additional cost. Hold your Field Trip in our Outdoor Classroom for an immersive forest experience.

To schedule a field trip, contact our Lead Experience Navigator at 802.359.5000 x221 or fill out the Field Trip Form.

We are committed to keeping all visitors that come to the VINS Nature Center safe. We are taking the following measures to ensure safety for all schools that plan to come for Field Trips:
  • VINS Field Trips will maintain all health guidance, as well as direction from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, as it relates to public outdoor spaces.
  • All Field Trips to the VINS Nature Center will take place in our open-air, Outdoor Classroom or our new August Pavilion (outdoor). 
  • Seating in our Outdoor Classroom or August Pavilion will allow for social distancing between students, chaperones and educators.
  • VINS Educators and Field Trip participants will wear masks at all times (required for any unvaccinated participants per VINS policy).
  • Hand sanitizer and/or handwashing will be provided for Field Trip participants to use before and after handling materials.
  • All materials will be sanitized prior to and after use.
These protocols are subject to change at any point to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Outdoor Classroom

This structure, funded by the Jane’s Trust Foundation, models outdoor learning and supports the educational goals of VINS by demonstrating ways that learning can be taken beyond the four walls of an indoor classroom. Students of all ages can enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of this living-learning environment.
This new learning location is available for VINS Field Trips! Book your lesson now to ensure your preferred date and lesson in our Outdoor Classroom.

​Choose from a variety of topics and work with our educators to personalize the educational experience to meet your students’ needs.

Forest Monitoring

Forest Monitoring

Investigate how our forests are changing over time.

Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy

Explore an ecosystem in the forest treetops.


Animal Adaptations

Explore how animals have adapted to their ecosystem.

Quechee Gorge

Geology Hike

Examine our changing earth at the Quechee Gorge.


Home Sweet Habitat

Discover where animals make their homes in the forest.


Animals in Winter

Delve into the winter adaptations of animals.


Chickadee Landing Station

Join in on this unique bird feeding experience!


Stream Ecology

Experience the power of moving water with our Stream Table.

Small wonder 2

PreK Lessons

Excitement through nature play and discovery.

Just wanted to send a belated thank you for the absolutely incredible field trip that our group had at VINS! I have been telling everyone how totally unique and beautifully prepared your incredible presentation was. It meant so much to all of the kids, my two kiddos are still talking about the raptor magnet game. 
Thank you for making our visit so meaningful. You are so talented, and I will continue to sing praises about the program! We truly appreciate it. 

VINS Field Trip Participting Teacher

Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.