VINS Homeschool Education

We want to support you in your homeschooling program by inviting you to utilize the variety of educational resources and tools we have available.  If you have questions or would like to discuss options with an educator, please contact

STEAM Backpacks

This is the perfect tool for a lesson on the go! Each backpack, themed around Nature Explorer, Birds, Insects, Tracking, Day and Night Sky, and Geology, contains directions, background information, and scientific tools for teaching a stimulating, standards-based curriculum. They are tailored for K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th graders. Courtesy of the Dorr Foundation.

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Teaching Kits

Heading to the stream to test water quality?  Learning about sound? Or maybe you are doing a habitat study but don’t have the necessary equipment?  Check out our collection of Teaching Kits so that you can have the tools you need to explore the world around you like a scientist.

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Field Trips

You can participate in our extensive Field Trip program by creating a group of at least ten (10) people who are grouped by instructional level.  Select from a wide range of topics and lessons that can be taught in Fall, Winter and Spring!

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Private Experience

Are you interested in taking a deeper dive into the world of birds, reptiles or local habitats?  A VINS Private Experience allows you to do just that.  A Private Experience is an unforgettable opportunity! Meet a highly qualified VINS Educator who will be your guide and provide you with a personalized experience full of lasting memories

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"This was an exceptional science series. The instructor was always very willing to go above and beyond to answer all questions from students and parents. The instructor also provided further websites, books, and other instructional materials and resources whenever students or parents wanted to dive deeper into the topics. The instructor was excellent at providing a variety of hands-on grade-level activities during each lesson to create engagement and further intellectual thinking. I would highly recommend this program to any interested parent. "

VINS Homeschool Program Parent Participant

"That was a great class! They loved it, and the extra activities are great. They are playing elaborate imaginative activities with bear puppets. Thank you so much!"

VINS Homeschool Program Parent Participant

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

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