February Nature Camp 2021

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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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Survival Superpowers: Frozen World

February 15 - 19, 2021

Children Grades 1-4

Can you survive months without food?  Change your color to become invisible in your surroundings?  Or hear a mouse under 2 feet of snow?  There are true superheroes living among us right here in Vermont!  In Survival Superpowers: Frozen World, discover the incredible wintertime adaptations of these hardy survivors.  Each day will bring a new adventure into the forests or meadow of VINS to experience this frozen world while investigating the different abilities of animals to survive in the depths of winter.

Come for one day or the whole week!

We will spend time outside during the camp day so campers should be properly dressed for outdoor wintertime activities.

Price: $75 per day

$10 discount off each day for multiple days sign ups (Use code MULTI21 at checkout).*

VINS Member receive 10% discount (Use code MEM21 at checkout).*

*Please note: Promotional discounts cannot be combined. One promotional discount per registration.  Multiple day discount valid only for February Nature Camp registrations.

February Nature Camp Hours:

VINS' February Nature Camp runs from 9 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  Extended day available until 5 PM for $12 per day.  Sign up for this option at checkout.

Survival Superpowers: Frozen World

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Monday, February 15 – Braving the Cold: For many animals, life simply goes on during the winter, albeit, a little bit colder.  Learn how animals adapt to the problems winter poses: deep snow, white landscape and brutal cold.


Tuesday, February 16 – A World Below the Snow: All winter long, while there is very little sign of life above the snow, below that white layer, there is a flurry of activity as small critters go about their daily lives, protected from sight and the cold by a deep snowpack.  Join us in an exploration of the subnivean layer, the secret world below the snow.


Wednesday, February 17 – To Freeze or Not to Freeze: Cold-blooded Critters: Reptiles and amphibians completely disappear during the winter.  Unlike birds though, they haven’t flown the coop for warmer weather, they are toughing it out right here underground, under leaves and even under water.  Come learn about some of the most extreme animal superpowers found right here in Vermont.


Thursday, February 18 – Winter on the Fly: Birds have many options when it comes to surviving winter.  Should I stay or should I go?  What do I need if I stay?  If I go, where should I fly?  Each option has its pros and cons as we will learn during our day-long exploration of birds in winter.


Friday, February 19 – Snug in the Snow: Hibernation: Many animals spend all winter sleeping but there are a variety of forms of dormancy, hibernation being only one.  Come explore all the different ways to sleep away the cold months.