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Camp Hours

Please note, times are different for Peeps, Overnight and Winter camps.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Aftercare - Camp hours extend to 5:30 PM for additional fee.

*Not available all weeks or at all locations.


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Children Entering Grades 6-8

VINS Nature Camp is ready to go the distance with your camper. Whether your child is an avian enthusiast, survivalist in the making, or aspiring archer, we are excited to share an unforgettable summer with them.

Our camp programs for Eagles offer the unique and specialized experiences that their inquisitive minds seek. VINS Nature Camp creates opportunities for in-depth investigations, hands-on learning, as well as challenge-by-choice and teambuilding scenarios that can lead to tremendous personal growth and lasting friendships. Your camper will leave with memories to last a lifetime.

Make this summer a truly special one.

EAGLES Camp Hours:

All VINS Nature Camp's EAGLES day camps run from 9 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Thursday and 9 AM - 3:30 PM on Friday unless otherwise specified.

Extended Day:

VINS Nature Camp offers an Extended Day option for camp sessions held at the VINS Nature Center and Storrs Pond Recreation Area locations. The Extended Day hours are supervised by VINS Nature Camp staff and include a choice of a quiet activity, games, or active play. This program is an extension of the camp day – campers must be registered on a weekly basis.

  • Available for Fledglings, Falcons and Eagles day camps
  • Aftercare hours are from the end of the camp day until 5:30 PM
  • Rate is $50 per camper per week
  • Not available all weeks at all camp locations

Register for Extended Day program options when you submit your online camp registration or call 802.359.5000 x245 for more details.

EAGLES Camps at VINS Nature Center

Available   Waitlist

• Waitlist Closed (No Longer Accepting Waitlist Registrations)

This camp dedicated to learning the art of archery. Learning to safely use a bow and arrow is a great way for campers to enjoy an active hobby outdoors. Our USA Archery certified instructors will teach proper shooting form and introduce this activity in a safe and comfortable manner.  Each day, campers will participate in a session on shooting technique as well as other activities including themed crafts, hikes, additional practice on the range, and even equipment maintenance.  Campers will also enjoy archery games and a mini tournament at the end of the week. All skill levels are welcome.


Survival Adventures is an introductory camp for young explorers to gain better knowledge and understanding of what it takes to live in the outdoors. Under the guidance of our expert instructors, campers will practice basic skills in areas such as preparing a campfire, building a shelter, looking for animal signs, identifying plants, navigating by compass, and tying knots. Campers will even have the option of participating in an introduction to the use, history, and importance of a bow and arrow as a survival tool. Daily themes, stories, and mock survival scenarios will encourage campers’ appreciation of nature. This camp provides a great opportunity for young outdoor enthusiasts to build proficiency in basic wilderness and teamwork skills all while having a blast!


Open to Falcons and Eagles (Grades 4 - 8)

Time: 9 AM - 4 PM Monday - Wednesday, 9 AM Thursday - 3:30 PM Friday

Note: This is camp includes an overnight trip to VINS' Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve on Thursday, August 4.  Campers will return to VINS Nature Center on Friday, August 5 for pick-up at 3:30 PM.

So you think you’d survive on your own in the woods?  Come find out.  Survival Adventures II is designed for young campers who are looking for a true adventure challenge.  With daily survival scenarios and lessons in backcountry living skills, this blend of day and overnight camp will give campers opportunities to hone their skills.  Surviving in the backcountry requires a lot of hard work, fun, and being open to new experiences; and there will be plenty of that in store during this week-long adventure.  VINS’ Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve is beautiful and remote, the perfect location to put their wilderness skills to the test at the end of the week.  Become a true survivalist, sit with friends around the campfire, sleep out under the stars and make the wilderness your home.  This is an experience campers will never forget. 

Prerequisite: Campers must have successfully completed a session of Survival Adventures or have equivalent knowledge base prior to attending Survival Adventures II.*

*Please contact Lead, Nature Camps with questions or to discuss if your camper is prepared for Survival Adventures II.


Advanced SOAR Camp gives campers the opportunity to delve deep into the world of raptors. Campers will work with professional trainers, wildlife keepers, and specialized educators to learn about avian anatomy, current raptor research, and the inner workings of VINS’ Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. With diversified interactions and up-close raptor encounters, including an opportunity to handle trained falconry birds from New England Falconry, campers will be on the road to becoming wildlife rehabilitators, environmental educators, or VINS volunteers. Prerequisite: Campers must have successfully completed a session of SOAR Camp or have equivalent knowledge base prior to attending Advanced SOAR Camp.*

*Please contact Lead, Nature Camps with questions or to discuss if your camper is prepared for Advanced SOAR Camp.


Open to Falcons and Eagles (Grades 4 - 8)

History will come alive in this exciting, one-of-a-kind camp from VINS.  Travel back in time and learn about two ancient sporting traditions; falconry, the practice of hunting alongside a trained raptor, and archery.  Go behind the scenes with our raptor handlers for an experience few adults could imagine, an up-close encounter with nature’s most perfect hunter: the Raptor!  Then, test your concentration and aim with a bow and arrow on the VINS Nature Camp archery range and see if you can hit the bulls-eye.  Sport of Kings blends two of VINS Nature Camps most popular programs into this highly specialized camp.

Note: This is a 3-day camp, there will be no camp held on Thursday, August 25 or Friday, August 26.