Fall Series

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Fall Series

Explore habitats on our VINS campus and learn about the animals that call those places home. Expand your science skills through hands-on activities, investigations, and explorations. Some lessons will be virtual for the older students.

Registration for this program has ended.

  • Participants will be required to complete a health pre-screening prior to arriving at the VINS Nature Center before each lesson.
  • Participants are required to wear masks, maintain social distance and wash hands prior to the start of the lesson. 
  • All materials are disinfected before and after each lesson.

PreK Homeschool Program

Join us at the VINS Nature Center for Small Wonders at VINS! Each lesson takes place in our new Outdoor Classroom, which provides the perfect setting for outdoor exploration and nature play. Children and their caregivers will have opportunities to explore, build, discover, play, sing and have fun in the company of other families. Enhance your homeschooling experience with engaging science lessons at VINS!

Session A

  • Tuesday, September 1: Butterflies & Moths
  • Tuesday, September 15: Deer & Moose
  • Tuesday, September 29: Life Under Ground
  • Tuesday, October 13: Seasons
  • Tuesday, October 27: Spiders
  • Tuesday, November 10: Animal Homes
  • Tuesday, December 1: Bears (virtual)
  • Tuesday, December 15: Preparing for Winter (virtual)

Session B

  • Tuesday, September 8: Butterflies & Moths
  • Tuesday, September 22: Deer & Moose
  • Tuesday, October 6: Life Under Ground
  • Tuesday, October 20: Seasons
  • Tuesday, November 3: Spiders
  • Tuesday, November 17: Animal Homes
  • Tuesday, December 8: Bears (virtual)
  • Tuesday, December 22: Preparing for Winter (virtual)

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. 

Kindergarten - Grade 2 Homeschool Program

Join us at the VINS Nature Center and virtually throughout the 2020/2021 academic year as we explore STEM, nature, inquiry and place-based learning for students of all ages. Each month has an overall theme, with each week focusing on a narrower topic.

September: Habitats
Wednesday, September 9: Life in a Field
Wednesday, September 16: Life in a Stream (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 23: Forest Floor
Wednesday, September 30: Biodiversity (Virtual)

October: Changes
Wednesday, October 7: Meet a Tree
Wednesday, October 14: Migration (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 21: Vermont Landscape
Wednesday, October 28: Succession (Virtual)

November: Earth & Sky
Wednesday, November 4: Geology
Wednesday, November 11: Animal Homes
Wednesday, November 18: Simple Machines

December: Engineering & Design (virtual)
Wednesday, December 2: Weather
Wednesday, December 9: Catapults
Wednesday, December 16: Engineering Design Challenge

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. 

Register your homeschooler

Grade 3 - 5 Homeschool Program

Join us at the VINS Nature Center and virtually throughout the 2020/2021 academic year as we explore STEM, nature, inquiry and place-based learning for students of all ages. Each month has an overall theme, with each week focusing on a narrower topic.

September: Habitats
Wednesday, September 9: Life in a Field
Wednesday, September 16: Life in a Stream (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 23: Forest Floor
Wednesday, September 30: Biodiversity (Virtual)

October: Changes
Wednesday, October 7: Meet a Tree
Wednesday, October 14: Migration (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 21: Vermont Landscape
Wednesday, October 28: Succession (Virtual)

November: Earth & Sky
Wednesday, November 4: Geology
Wednesday, November 11: Animal Homes
Wednesday, November 18: Simple Machines

December: Engineering & Design (virtual)
Wednesday, December 2: Weather
Wednesday, December 9: Catapults
Wednesday, December 16: Engineering Design Challenge

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. 

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

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