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Camp Hours

MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 4:00PM*

FRIDAY
9:00AM - 3:30PM*

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

EXTENDED DAY**
Camp hours extend to 5:30pm for additional fee.

**Not available all weeks or at all locations.

FALCONS

Children Entering Grades 4-6

VINS Nature Camp is ready to share an unforgettable summer with your child. Our specialized camp programs for Falcons offer unique experiences to delve into fascinating natural science topics and learn concrete skills while at the same time practicing the art of teamwork and building lasting friendships. Our camps at Storrs Pond Recreation Area and the VINS Nature Center will leave your camper with stories to share and memories to last a lifetime.

FALCONS Camps at VINS Nature Center

Available   Waitlist

JUNE 17 - 21 / Science of Amazing Raptors / $320

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Calling all avian enthusiasts, Science of Amazing Raptors (SOAR) Camp, is the perfect, unique experience for you.  Join VINS’ expert educators and bird trainers for an opportunity to experience what few adults could imagine, an up-close encounter with nature’s most perfect hunter: the Raptor!  Come spend the week at VINS learning what makes raptors such excellent hunters and discover the secrets of raptor training.  Participants will view private bird programs, learn fun facts through games and crafts, get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at VINS’ bird rehabilitation facility and even help care for our birds.  On the last day, campers can get their picture taken next to a raptor on the glove of one of our trained staff.  Get ready for an unforgettable week with eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and so much more.  This VINS specialty camp is a rare opportunity, and spaces fill quickly.

Cost: $320
Register

JUNE 24 - 28 / Survival Adventures / $320

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

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 and great opportunity for young outdoor enthusiasts to build proficiency in basic wilderness and teamwork skills all while having a blast!

*Highly supervised instruction provided by trained and certified staff following all national safety guidelines

Cost: $320
Register

JULY 1 – 3 / NEW! Sport of Kings / $225 - Filling Fast

For Fledglings & Falcons

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

History will come alive in this exciting, new 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 at VINS with our raptor handlers.  Test your aim with a bow and arrow on the VINS Nature Camp archery range and see if you can hit the bullseye.*  Then, prepare yourself for an experience few adults could imagine, an up-close encounter with nature’s most perfect hunter: the Raptor!  On the last day, campers will be joined by real-life falconers from New England Falconry for an opportunity to handle a trained hawk.  Sport of Kings blends two of VINS Nature Camp’s most popular programs into this one-of-a-kind camp. 

*Highly supervised instruction provided by trained and certified staff following all national safety guidelines.

Note: This is a 3-day camp. There will be no camp held on Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5.

Cost: $225
Register

JULY 8 - 12 / Earth Engineers / $320

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

What makes beavers good engineers?  How do insects walk on water?  How does nature inspire technological advances?  Join VINS educators for a program that celebrates the intersection of nature and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and fosters curiosity and creative problem solving.  Through a combination of daily puzzles and guided nature discovery, campers will be challenged to stretch their minds and grow their problem-solving skills in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment. 

Cost: $320
Register

JULY 15 - 19 / NEW! Citizen Science Crew / $320

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Science doesn’t only happen in laboratories by people wearing lab coats; science is everywhere.  Become a scientist as a member of VINS’ Citizen Science Crew (CSC).  Put your observation skills to the test and be a part of real world research by investigating bird nests, tagging monarch butterflies, monitoring bat houses, and combating invasive species at VINS.  Each day, the CSC will participate in different Citizen Science projects along with hands-on service projects relating to each day’s theme.  There are so many ways to get involved in scientific research.  Contribute to our understanding of the natural world and have a blast doing science this summer at VINS.

Cost: $320
Register

JULY 22 – 26 / Falcons on Target / $330

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

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 tournament at the end of the week. All skill levels are welcome.

 *Highly supervised instruction provided by trained and certified staff following all national safety guidelines

Cost: $330
Register

JULY 29 - AUGUST 2 / Earth Engineers / $320

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

What makes beavers good engineers?  How do insects walk on water?  How does nature inspire technological advances?  Join VINS educators for a program that celebrates the intersection of nature and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and fosters curiosity and creative problem solving.  Through a combination of daily puzzles and guided nature discovery, campers will be challenged to stretch their minds and grow their problem-solving skills in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment. 

Cost: $320
Register

AUGUST 5 - 9 / Science of Amazing Raptors / $320

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Calling all avian enthusiasts, Science of Amazing Raptors (SOAR) Camp, is the perfect, unique experience for you.  Join VINS’ expert educators and bird trainers for an opportunity to experience what few adults could imagine, an up-close encounter with nature’s most perfect hunter: the Raptor!  Come spend the week at VINS learning what makes raptors such excellent hunters and discover the secrets of raptor training.  Participants will view private bird programs, learn fun facts through games and crafts, get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at VINS’ bird rehabilitation facility and even help care for our birds.  On the last day, campers can get their picture taken next to a raptor on the glove of one of our trained staff.  Get ready for an unforgettable week with eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and so much more.  This VINS specialty camp is a rare opportunity, and spaces fill quickly.

Cost: $320
Register

AUGUST 12 – 16 / Falcons on Target / $330

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

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 tournament at the end of the week. All skill levels are welcome.

 *Highly supervised instruction provided by trained and certified staff following all national safety guidelines.

Cost: $330
Register

AUGUST 19 – 21 / NEW! Sport of Kings / $225

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

History will come alive in this exciting, new 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 at VINS with our raptor handlers.  Test your aim with a bow and arrow on the VINS Nature Camp archery range and see if you can hit the bullseye.*  Then, prepare yourself for an experience few adults could imagine, an up-close encounter with nature’s most perfect hunter: the Raptor!  On the last day, campers will be joined by real-life falconers from New England Falconry for an opportunity to handle a trained hawk.  Sport of Kings blends two of VINS Nature Camp’s most popular programs into this one-of-a-kind camp. 

*Highly supervised instruction provided by trained and certified staff following all national safety guidelines.  

Note: This is a 3-day camp. There will be no camp held on Thursday, August 22 or Friday, August 23.

Cost: $225
Register

FALCONS Camps at Storrs Pond Recreation Area

Available   Waitlist

JUNE 24 - 28 / Trail Blazers / $325

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Take a group of adventurous campers, add in activities that challenge campers to work together to in the woods and you have the recipe for a week of Trail Blazers.  Campers will become masters of the Storrs Pond Trails: learning the principles of Leave-No-Trace, backcountry preparedness and practicing how to read a map while learning about what it takes to be a teammate on the trail.  Throughout the week, instructors will guide campers in teambuilding challenges, including a group service project that will get campers working and having fun together.  Get ready to pack your bags and take a hike!  Storrs Pond Recreation Area also offers opportunities for water adventures including canoeing and swimming in the pond.*

*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.

Cost: $325
Register

JULY 1 – 3 / NEW! AquaVentures / $215

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Get your feet wet with VINS during a fun, water-filled week!  Campers will explore the aquatic environments of Storrs Pond both from the shore and on the water.  Investigations of the vernal pools, stream and pond will reveal who is living in these different habitats and the importance of each of them to the health of the ecosystem.  Paddle and fish Storrs Pond in a canoe, turn over rocks in search of invertebrates in the stream and do your best to catch frogs and tadpoles in the vernal pool.  Storrs Pond Recreation Area offers plenty of opportunities for on-water adventures including fishing, canoeing, and swimming in the pond.*  So grab a net, put on your suits, and dive in for a week of AquaVentures.

*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.

Note: This is a 3-day camp. There will be no camp held on Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5.

Cost: $215
Register

JULY 22 - 26 / Storrs Quest / $325

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

This camp is the perfect way for your young explorer to be introduced to the world of questing and geocaching, real-life treasure hunting experiences in the outdoors!  Campers will set out on adventures to discover the Valley Quests and geocaches surrounding Storrs Pond while exploring the natural world around them.  Our skilled instructors will guide participants in the art of orienteering and map reading and making to become expert questers.  On the last day of camp, the group will work as a team to create their very own geocache to hide for other explorers to find.  Storrs Pond Recreation Area also offers opportunities for water adventures including canoeing and swimming in the pond.*

*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.

Cost: $325
Register

JULY 29 - AUGUST 2 / Survival Adventures / $325

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

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.  At the Storrs Pond location, canoeing and time for free swim in the pond will be provided.*  Daily themes, stories, and mock survival scenarios will encourage campers’ appreciation of nature.  This camp provides and great opportunity for young outdoor enthusiasts to build proficiency in basic wilderness and teamwork skills all while having a blast!

*A certified lifeguard will be present during all swimming and boating activities.

Cost: $325
Register