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Animals in Winter


Animals in Winter

Animal Adaptations - Delve into the amazing adaptations of the creatures of Vermont with our animal adaptations field trip. VINS’ educators will guide students through exciting, hands-on, inquiry based activities that explore how each animal is uniquely adapted to its ecosystem. Students will not only discover for themselves incredible facts about animal adaptations but will also gain a deeper understanding of how ecosystems have literally shaped each animal.

Aligned Standards

  • K-LS1-1
  • K-ESS2-2
  • K-ESS3-1
  • 1-LS1-1
  • 1-LS3-1
  • 3-LS1-1
  • 3-LS4-3
  • 3-LS4-4

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 a live bird presentation, 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.

Animal Options

Deer, Moose, Coyote, Bobcat, Bat, and Beaver

Owls, Loons, Hawks, and Falcons

Reptiles and Amphibians
Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs

Age Ranges

Animal Adaptations: Built to Survive 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.