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Camp Hours

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

FRIDAY
9:00AM - 3:30PM*

*Regular Camp hours. Please note, times may be different for Peeps or 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 Nature Camp Listings

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JUNE 18 - 22 / Science of Amazing Raptors

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

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 experience 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: $310
Register

JUNE 25 - 29 / Survival Adventures

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

Survival Adventures is an introductory camp for young explorers to gain a 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 and use guidelines.

Cost: $310
Register

JUNE 25 - 29 / Storrs Quest

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

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 right at Storrs Pond. Storrs Pond Recreation Area also offers exceptional 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 2 – 6 / VINS Quest

For Fledglings & Falcons

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

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 of Quechee, VT, while exploring the natural world around them. Our skilled instructors will guide participants in the art of orienteering to become expert VINS-questers. On the last day of camp, the group will work as a team to create their very own VINS Quest to hide for other explorers to find right at the VINS Nature Center!

Note: This is a 4-day camp. There will be no camp held on Wednesday, July 4.

Cost: $250
Register

JULY 2 – 6 / Countryside Investigators

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

Join VINS’ Countryside Investigators (C.S.I.) Team for a week of natural science sleuthing. Campers will hone their investigative skills with a new case to solve every day. Visit the scene of the crime, hunt for clues and solve the mystery behind some of nature’s most puzzling conundrums. The C.S.I. Team will be introduced to current natural science research and data gathering techniques and use this knowledge to discover who is threatening our amphibians? Is it finally safe for the Bald Eagles to come back? And even delve into a cold case from 200 years ago. So grab your C.S.I. kit and get ready to follow the clues. You never know where they may lead! At the Storrs Pond location, canoeing and time for free swim will be provided.*

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

Note: This is a 4-day camp. There will be no camp held on Wednesday, July 4.

Cost: $300
Register

JULY 9 - 13 / Falcons on Target

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

This camp dedicated to learning the art of archery.* Learning to safely and properly use a bow and arrow is a great way for campers to enjoy an active hobby outdoors. Our trained and 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 proper shooting technique as well as lessons on the role archery plays in nature awareness and appreciation. Campers will also enjoy archery games and a mini tournament at the end of the week. Other activities will include themed crafts, hikes, additional practice on the range, and even how to make archery tackle. All skill levels are welcome.

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

Cost: $325
Register

JULY 16 - 20 / Countryside Investigators

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

Join VINS’ C.S.I. Team for a week of natural science sleuthing. Campers will hone their investigative skills with a new case to solve every day. Visit the scene of the crime, hunt for clues and solve the mystery behind some of nature’s most puzzling conundrums. The C.S.I. Team will be introduced to current natural science research and data gathering techniques and use this knowledge to discover who is threatening our amphibians? Is it finally safe for the Bald Eagles to come back? And even delve into a cold case from 200 years ago. So grab your C.S.I. kit and get ready to follow the clues. You never know where they may lead!

Cost: $310
Register

JULY 23 – 27 / Science of Amazing Raptors

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

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 experience 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: $310
Register

JULY 30 - AUGUST 3 / Earth Engineers

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

What makes beavers good engineers? How do bees use math? 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: $310
Register

JULY 30 - AUGUST 3 / Survival Adventures

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

Survival Adventures is an introductory camp for young explorers to gain a 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 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
Waitlist

AUGUST 6 - 10 / Falcons on Target

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

This camp dedicated to learning the art of archery.* Learning to safely and properly use a bow and arrow is a great way for campers to enjoy an active hobby outdoors. Our trained and 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 proper shooting technique as well as lessons on the role archery plays in nature awareness and appreciation. Campers will also enjoy archery games and a mini tournament at the end of the week. Other activities will include themed crafts, hikes, additional practice on the range, and even how to make archery tackle. All skill levels are welcome.

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

Cost: $325
Register

AUGUST 13 – 17 / Survival Adventures

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

Survival Adventures is an introductory camp for young explorers to gain a 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 and use guidelines.

Cost: $310
Register

AUGUST 20 – 22 / VINS Quest

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

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 of Quechee, VT, while exploring the natural world around them. Our skilled instructors will guide participants in the art of orienteering to become expert VINS-questers. On the last day of camp, the group will work as a team to create their very own VINS Quest to hide for other explorers to find right at the VINS Nature Center!

Note: This is a 3-day camp. There will be no camp held on Thursday, August 23 or Friday, August 24.

Cost: $215
Register