Animal Signs

Animal Signs

Animal Signs

Follow the footsteps of the creatures of Vermont in winter by jumping into their shoes! Learn what an animal track can tell you including where it’s been, what it’s been doing, and where it’s going. VINS’ educators will guide students through exciting, hands-on, inquiry-based activities that explore how the signs that are left behind in the snow can tell a story about each animal. VINS’ educators will reveal some mysteries about the secretive world of wild creatures that was once a closed storybook.

Aligned Standards

  • K-LS1-1
  • 2-LS4-1
  • 3-PS2-1
  • 3-PS2-2
  • 3-LS4-2
  • 4-PS3-1, 5-PS2-1

Your Day at VINS

Your field trip includes a 80 minute guided program including an introduction to the topic of Animal Adaptations, an active outdoor game, in depth investigation and a chance for students to reflect upon what they learned. In addition to your guided lesson you will have the opportunity to experience an animal encounter, visit our trails and exhibits, and enjoy lunch on our grounds.

Personalize Your Field Trip

Chose a specific native creature for an in-depth investigation or select multiple animals for a study in similarities and differences. Depending on the selected topics, live animal encounters and/or teaching artifacts may also be available with this field trip experience.

Age Ranges

Animal Signs is suitable for students in grades K-2 or 3-5. Work with our educators to specify the right combination of in-depth analysis and comparisons for your learners.

Your Guide

All VINS educators have extensive experience in environmental education, the natural sciences and science instruction. Every instructor works with a certified teacher in NH and VT to ensure their content and methods align with the Next Generation Science Standards and the best practices for outdoor education. All instructors are First Aid and CPR certified.


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

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