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Energy In Ecosystems


Energy In Ecosystems

Come explore the links in a food chain, while learning about the flow of energy from the sun to the top predators in New England’s forests. Your students will gain hands on experience designing and building a stable ecosystem, then watch how diversity prevents disaster. They will be able to describe why having a balance of consumers and producers benefits all species, and even have a chance to meet a live scavenger!

Aligned Standards

  • 2-LS4-1
  • 5-PS3-1
  • 5-LS2-1
  • MS-LS2-1
  • MS-LS2-5

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

Owls, Hawks, Falcons, and Vultures

Reptiles and Amphibians
Turtles and Snakes

Age Ranges

Energy in Ecosystems is suitable for students in grades 3-8. 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.


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else…

– John Muir

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

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