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Camp Hours

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM*

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM*

*Regular Camp hours. Please note, times are different for Peeps, Overnight and February camps.

Early-care - Camp hours extend from 8:15 AM for additional fee.

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

**Not available all weeks or at all locations.


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 day and overnight 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.

For a unique overnight experience, join VINS Nature Camps at Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve for a week of adventures in the wilderness. 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.

All VINS Nature Camp's EAGLES overnight camps run from 2 PM on Sunday to 3:30 PM on Friday.

EAGLES Camps at VINS Nature Center

Available   Waitlist

JUNE 17 - 19 / Sport of Kings / $225

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Wednesday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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 Monday, June 15 or Tuesday, June 16.


JULY 13 - 17 / Eagles On Target / $330

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.


AUGUST 10 - 14 / Advanced Science of Amazing Raptors / $330

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.


EAGLES Camps at Old Pepper Place (overnight camps*)

Available   Waitlist

JULY 5 - 10 / Field Expedition / $650

Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve, Washington, VT

Ready for a one-of-a-kind camp experience?  Want to participate in real-world research and help birds at the same time?  VINS’ Field Expedition camp offers an opportunity for campers to engage in a week of field-based, collaborative learning while making their home in the wilderness.  Working in the woods of VINS’ Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve, participants will become familiar with forest habitats and the native birds of Vermont that rely on them.  Campers will learn and practice hands-on research methods with expert instruction provided by Audubon Vermont and work together to present their findings at the end of the week to an audience of VINS staff and camper families.  This beautiful and remote camp location is the perfect setting for this field-based camp.  Sleep out under the stars, sit with friends around the campfire, contribute to bird conservation, and join VINS for an amazing adventure this summer.

Note: This is a week-long overnight camp.


AUGUST 2 - 7 / Trail Blazers II / $650

Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve, Washington, VT

This camp offers a unique blend of backcountry adventuring, teambuilding, and hands-on service projects.  Campers will be introduced to the skills necessary for traveling in the wilderness: how to navigate with a map and compass or a GPS device, map making, and backcountry preparedness while also working together on meaningful projects to help VINS maintain its 320 acre Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve.  Throughout the week, our experienced instructors will guide campers through daily orienteering hikes, teambuilding challenges, and a trail building project.  Participants will experience, firsthand the responsibilities and demands of living and working as a team, will build confidence in themselves, and have a blast doing it in this fun, supportive and safe environment.*  

Note: This is a week-long overnight camp.


* Payment plans available for overnight camps.  Call Lead Nature Camp at (802) 359-5000 x245 for more information.