Fall Series

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Fall Series - Preparing for Winter

Join us at the VINS Nature Center for Homeschooling lessons at VINS! Each lesson takes place in our Outdoor Classroom or August Pavilion which provide the perfect settings for outdoor exploration and nature play. Children and their caregiver will have opportunities to explore, build, discover, play, learn and have fun in the company of other families. Enhance your homeschooling experience with engaging science lessons at VINS!

Small Wonders (PreK): 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Little Explorers (Grades K-2): 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Nature’s Adventurers (Grades 3-5): 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Note: Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. If you have children in multiple grade bands, please contact us so we can help you meet this requirement and register appropriately

Cost per session:
$92 per child and their accompanying adult; $42 for each additional child within the same grade band

Small Wonders: Explore the characteristics of insects and turn yourself into a variety of bugs as you play the Life of an Insect game. See if you can jump like a grasshopper or flap your wings like a honeybee. Look for insects with sweep nets and magnifiers.

Little Explorers: Invent a new species using all the characteristics of insects and give it a scientific name. Learn how different insects prepare for winter and play the Life of an Insect game. Look for insects with sweep nets and magnifiers.

Nature’s Adventurers: Investigate the relationship between insects and their home environment as they prepare for the coldest season of the year. Build an insect habitat that will keep a specific species safe and warm. Predict what insects will be found in different ecosystems and head outside to test your hypothesis.

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. 

Small Wonders: Touch the wings of different bird species and look at a variety of beak shapes and imagine what they would eat. Soar like a bald eagle, flap like a hummingbird and stand tall and still like a great blue heron.

Little Explorers: Investigate the bodies of various bird species and predict what and how they eat. Consider how different birds adapt to seasonal changes and map the migratory patterns of a species. Head outside to listen and look for birds.

Nature’s Adventurers: Investigate the physical adaptations of various bird species and predict the benefits to herbivores and carnivores. Consider the impact of seasonal changes on food acquisition and map the migratory patterns of a bird species. Then head outside to listen and look for birds.

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. 

Small Wonders: What is it like to be an animal living underground? Peer under a rotting log to see who lives beneath our feet. Imagine you are an ant and go on a Tweezer Trek to collect tiny natural items.

Little Explorers: What are the benefits of living underground and how do underground creatures benefit their environment? Explore some mammals, reptiles, insects, and birds that live in burrows and peer under a fallen log to see who lives underneath.

Nature’s Adventurers: Explore the role of decomposition in the food chain and the creatures that participate in this process. Peer under a fallen log to see what macro- and micro-biological entities make their home among this rotting organic material.

Small Wonders: Look inside different fruits and vegetables to find the hidden seeds. Play with a variety of nature’s seeds, make your own maple seed, and watch your samara flutter to the ground.

Little Explorers: Explore the effects of seasonal changes on plants and how they adapt to colder weather. Explore how, when, and why various seeds travel and build a device that would carry a seed from the parent plant to a new environment.

Nature’s Adventurers: Investigate the basic survival needs of a plant and how plants adapt to changes in temperature, rainfall, and nutrition. Build a device that would enable a seed to travel to a new, nutrient rich environment.

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs.

  • Participants are required to wear masks while indoors, maintain social distance and wash hands prior to the start of the lesson. 
  • All materials are disinfected before and after each lesson.
  • Lessons are taught outside.

Our Homeschooling Program is a complete series, and we are unable to refund any sessions that are missed due to travel, illness or other commitments. In the event that VINS has to cancel a lesson or lessons, families will receive a full refund for the value of those missed lesson(s).

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

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