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Camp Hours

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

FRIDAY
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM*

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

EXTENDED DAY**
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.

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 Camp Hours:

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

FALCONS Camps at VINS Nature Center

Available   Waitlist

JUNE 17 - 19 / Sport of Kings / $225 - Filling Fast - 3 spots left

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.

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JUNE 22 - 26 / Science of Amazing Raptors / $325

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

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JUNE 29 - JULY 3 / Survival Adventures / $325

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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!

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JULY 6 - 10 / NEW! Animal Architects / $325

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

To survive, all animals require shelter which is both functional and safe.  Some however, go to great lengths to engineer elaborate homes and even modify the surrounding landscape to meet their needs.  Beyond the basics, these structures are carefully constructed, beautiful to observe, and extremely difficult to replicate.  From the most intricately woven bird nest to the perfect geometric pattern of a honeycomb, discover how creatures build shelters and investigate the special characteristics and functions of each dwelling.  Campers will hone their construction skills by attempting to recreate these amazing structures as they become experts in the art and science behind animal architecture.

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JULY 13 - 17 / Citizen Science Crew / $325

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.  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 Citizen Science Crew will participate in different 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.

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JULY 20 - 24 / Falcons 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 tournament at the end of the week. All skill levels are welcome.

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JULY 27 - 31 / NEW! Animal Architects / $325

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

To survive, all animals require shelter which is both functional and safe.  Some however, go to great lengths to engineer elaborate homes and even modify the surrounding landscape to meet their needs.  Beyond the basics, these structures are carefully constructed, beautiful to observe, and extremely difficult to replicate.  From the most intricately woven bird nest to the perfect geometric pattern of a honeycomb, discover how creatures build shelters and investigate the special characteristics and functions of each dwelling.  Campers will hone their construction skills by attempting to recreate these amazing structures as they become experts in the art and science behind animal architecture.

Register

AUGUST 3 - 7 / Science of Amazing Raptors / $325

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

Register

AUGUST 10 - 14 / Falcons on Target / $330 - Filling Fast - 2 spots left

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

Register

AUGUST 17 - 21 / Citizen Science Crew / $325

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.  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 Citizen Science Crew will participate in different 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.

Register

AUGUST 17 - 21 / Trail Blazers / $330

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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 VINS Nature Center Trails: learning the principles of 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.  The week will culminate in a field trip to Dartmouth College’s Adventure Course where the group will navigate a variety of low ropes course elements, all of which demand teamwork, creativity and communication.*  Get ready to pack your bags and blaze your trail!

*Highly supervised facilitation provided by trained and certified staff from Dartmouth Outdoor Programs Office.

 Camp fee includes field trip to Dartmouth College's low ropes course

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FALCONS Camps at Storrs Pond Recreation Area

Available   Waitlist

JUNE 22 - 26 / Survival Adventures / $325

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

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

Register

JUNE 29 - JULY 3 / Trail Blazers / $325

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

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 VINS Nature Center Trails: learning the principles of 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.  The week will culminate in a field trip to Dartmouth College’s Adventure Course where the group will navigate a variety of low ropes course elements, all of which demand teamwork, creativity and communication.*  Get ready to pack your bags and blaze your trail!  Storrs Pond Recreation Area also offers opportunities for water adventures including canoeing and swimming in the pond.**

*Highly supervised facilitation provided by trained and certified staff from Dartmouth Outdoor Programs Office.

Camp fee includes field trip to Dartmouth College's low ropes course

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JULY 20 – 24 / AquaVentures / $325

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

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.

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JULY 27 - 31 / Survival Adventures / $325

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

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

Register