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

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 4:30pm 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 for over 47 years. 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 plan to take the following measures to ensure safety for all schools that plan to come this fall 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.
  • Hand sanitizer and / or hand washing 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.
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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
FALL/SPRING FIELD TRIP

Forest Monitoring

Investigate how our forests are changing over time.

Forest Canopy Walk
FALL/SPRING FIELD TRIP

Forest Canopy

Explore an ecosystem in the forest treetops.

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FALL/SPRING FIELD TRIP

Animal Adaptations

Explore how animals have adapted to their ecosystem.

Quechee Gorge
FALL/SPRING FIELD TRIP

Geology Hike

Examine our changing earth at the Quechee Gorge.

Habitat
FALL/SPRING FIELD TRIP

Home Sweet Habitat

Discover where animals make their homes in the forest.

Owls
WINTER FIELD TRIP

Owls in Winter

Owls have amazing adaptations for survival in the winter.

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WINTER FIELD TRIP

Animals in Winter

Delve into the winter adaptations of animals.

Bird Feeder
WINTER FIELD TRIP

Snug in the Snow

Discover where animals make their homes in the forest.

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YEAR-ROUND FIELD TRIP

PreK Lessons

Excitement through nature play and discovery.

Falcon
YEAR-ROUND FIELD TRIP

Falcon Focus

Examine the fastest, most agile predators in the world.

Birds Are Dinosaurs
YEAR-ROUND FIELD TRIP

Birds Are Dinosaurs

Journey through 250 million years of avian evolution.

Energy
YEAR-ROUND FIELD TRIP

Energy In Ecosystems

Learn the importance of an interconnected community.

Starlab
YEAR-ROUND FIELD TRIP

​StarLab

Students are lead on a journey through the stars.

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YEAR-ROUND FIELD TRIP

Stream Ecology

Experience the power of moving water with our Stream Table.

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YEAR-ROUND FIELD TRIP

Climate Change and Bird Migration

See how climate change affects all organisms -- including birds.

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YEAR-ROUND FIELD TRIP

Raptor Biology

Dive into the diverse adaptions of raptors.

VINS Visit
SELF-GUIDED FIELD TRIP

Explore VINS

Explore the trails, exhibits, and enclosures on your own.

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

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