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Owls in Winter


Owls in Winter

From the frozen tundra to the snow covered forests of Vermont, owls have amazing adaptations for survival in the winter. The eight species of owls that call Vermont home during the coldest months of the year are well equipped to deal with the bone-chilling cold and some species even begin their nesting season in February! Through hands-on inquiry, observation and place-based education, students will delve into the world of owl adaptations and learn just how these amazing predators thrive in a frozen world.

Aligned Standards

  • 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 Owls in Winter, outdoor place-based ecology, 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 owl species for an in-depth investigation or select multiple species for a study in similarities and differences. Depending on the selected topics and availability, live animal encounters may be available with this field trip experience.

Focus owls: Great horned owl, barred owl, eastern screech owl, saw-whet owl, great grey owl, snowy owl

Age Ranges

Owls in Winter is suitable for students in grades K-2 or 3-5 (can be modified to suit higher grade levels). 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.