September Series

AnimalAdapt-HS-2022 (1080 × 600 px)

September Series: Animal Adaptations

Dates: Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Who: Preschool and Elementary aged children
Cost: $140 per adult/child pair


Join us at the VINS Nature Center for a Homeschool Series! Each lesson will take place in our Outdoor Classroom or August Pavilion which provide the perfect settings for outdoor exploration and nature play in the company of other families. Feel free to stay on campus after the lessons to enjoy the public programs, exhibits, and hiking trails.

Hold real mammal feet, pelts, and skulls  and make observations and inferences. How do predator mammals hunt and eat and what do prey animals do to survive? Measure yourself against a moose and consider the pros and cons of being BIG. 

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. 

Use human tools to mimic how bird beaks work. Is a pair of tweezers like a woodpecker or a hawk? Use your tools to collect as much “food” as possible and compare results. Play the Owl Hunting Game and feel real raptor wings. 

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. 

Meet a turtle ambassador of VINS, and see what she likes to eat. Feel a turtle’s backbone, and learn why a turtle can’t walk out of its shell. Discuss how other reptiles and amphibians stay safe and learn the difference between venomous and poisonous.

Note: This lesson involves a live animal. Children will need to wash their hands after touching the turtle.

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs.

Discover how the animals we have learned about connect and interact. Can a tree be part of a Great Blue Heron or a Great Blue Heron part of a tree? What resources are available in a meadow, forest, or riverbank? Explore the layers of the forest as we hunt for animal cards on the Forest Canopy Walk!

*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.