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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.

FLEDGLINGS

Children Entering Grades 1-3

The natural world is full of wonders and mysteries just waiting to be discovered. VINS Nature Camp is excited to take your child on an unforgettable adventure this summer. With camps for Fledglings at the VINS Nature Center and Storrs Pond Recreation Area and 11 different weekly themes to choose from, VINS Nature Camp is proud to offer something for every child. Your camper will spend their week outside exploring the amazing creatures and habitats that share our world, all while making friends and forming a deeper connection to nature.

FLEDGLINGS Camps at VINS Nature Center

Available   Waitlist

JUNE 17 - 21 / Circles of Life / $285

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

Circles of Life offers a week of exploration, hands-on nature discovery, and wonder.  This guided investigation of the amazing cycles that occur in our natural world will range from studying metamorphosis in animal species to how the smallest seeds become towering trees in the forest, to the cycles of water and even rocks.  This camp will deepen participants’ appreciation of the natural world as they discover how connected they really are to nature through the food they eat, the air they breathe, and the water they drink. 

Cost: $285
Register

JUNE 17 - 21 / NEW! Tracks and Traces / $285

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

Our world is full of animals going about their daily lives, and yet most of this activity goes unobserved by humans.  So how do we know animals really do live here and how do we know so much about their secretive lives?  In fact, the forest floor is full of mysteries! Animals leave us many clues that tell us where they have been and what they have been doing.  Spend a week investigating and practicing the art of tracking with VINS educators.  By the end of the week, campers will be able to solve the mystery of who was here.

Cost: $285
Register

JUNE 24 - 28 / Woodland Scouts / $285

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

Join VINS’ very own woodland scout troop and become at home in the forests surrounding the VINS Nature Center.  During this camp, scouts will gain comfort traveling through the woods and be introduced to beginner wilderness skills through exciting themed activities as well as games, stories, crafts, and more.  Daily mini-hikes will encourage campers to expand their scout knowledge by learning skills such as how to build a survival shelter, following a map, how to identify trees and plants, and campfire safety.  A walk in the woods will never be the same again after this week of “tree-mendous” fun.  Campers who successfully master these skills will assist in building a campfire at the end of the week for a closing ceremony.

Cost: $285
Register

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

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 4-day camp. There will be no camp held on Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5.

Cost: $225
Register

JULY 8 - 12 / Fantastic Fliers / $285

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

Come explore the world of flight.  From a tiny honey bee to the great Bald Eagle, there are so many amazing critters that have the unique ability to fly through the sky.  Fantastic Fliers investigates the flying abilities of different animals and why it is important for their survival.  Campers will go bugging in the meadow, discover the world’s only flying mammal, meet VINS’ resident raptors, and even explore how to engineer their own flying machines!  Join VINS to learn all about the power of flight and the creatures of New England that flap, soar, and hover overhead.

Cost: $285
Register

JULY 8 - 12 / Survival Superpowers / $285

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

Can you spot a rabbit a mile away?  Sniff out a scent trail that is 300 hours cold?  Or hear a mouse under 2 feet of snow?  Did you know that there are superheroes living among?  We share our world with amazing animals and each of them has superpowers that are key to their success.  In Survival Superpowers, discover the incredible abilities of animals to see, hear, smell, feel and taste.   Each day will be a new investigation into the incredible world of the five senses and campers will test how their own senses stack up against those of animals.  During the week there will also be opportunities for beginner yoga to learn how to move and bend move like the animals of the world.*

*Provided by a certified yoga instructor.

Cost: $285
Register

JULY 15 - 19 / Animal Builders / $285 - Filling Fast - 3 spots left

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

Campers will become experts in animal architecture as they explore how animals of all kinds build their homes.  From the smallest caddisfly larva case to the largest beaver dam, discover how and why certain creatures build homes the way that they do.  Campers will investigate the special characteristics, functions, and habitats of each dwelling and even practice their engineering skills by picking a few favorite examples and attempting to recreate these amazing structures.  You will be fascinated by all of the different ways animals create a place to call home sweet home.

Cost: $285
Register

JULY 15 - 19 / Woodland Scouts / $285

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

Join VINS’ very own woodland scout troop and become at home in the forests surrounding the VINS Nature Center.  During this camp, scouts will gain comfort traveling through the woods and be introduced to beginner wilderness skills through exciting themed activities as well as games, stories, crafts, and more.  Daily mini-hikes will encourage campers to expand their scout knowledge by learning skills such as how to build a survival shelter, following a map, how to identify trees and plants, and campfire safety.  A walk in the woods will never be the same again after this week of “tree-mendous” fun.  Campers who successfully master these skills will assist in building a campfire at the end of the week for a closing ceremony.

Cost: $285
Register

JULY 22 – 26 / NEW! Tracks and Traces / $285 - Filling Fast - 2 spots left

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

Our world is full of animals going about their daily lives, and yet most of this activity goes unobserved by humans.  So how do we know animals really do live here and how do we know so much about their secretive lives?  In fact, the forest floor is full of mysteries! Animals leave us many clues that tell us where they have been and what they have been doing.  Spend a week investigating and practicing the art of tracking with VINS educators.  By the end of the week, campers will be able to solve the mystery of who was here.

Cost: $285
Register

JULY 29 - AUGUST 2 / Circles of Life / $285

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

Circles of Life offers a week of exploration, hands-on nature discovery, and wonder.  This guided investigation of the amazing cycles that occur in our natural world will range from studying metamorphosis in animal species to how the smallest seeds become towering trees in the forest, to the cycles of water and even rocks.  This camp will deepen participants’ appreciation of the natural world as they discover how connected they really are to nature through the food they eat, the air they breathe, and the water they drink. 

Cost: $285
Register

AUGUST 5 - 9 / Animal Builders / $285

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

Campers will become experts in animal architecture as they explore how animals of all kinds build their homes.  From the smallest caddisfly larva case to the largest beaver dam, discover how and why certain creatures build homes the way that they do.  Campers will investigate the special characteristics, functions, and habitats of each dwelling and even practice their engineering skills by picking a few favorite examples and attempting to recreate these amazing structures.  You will be fascinated by all of the different ways animals create a place to call home sweet home.

Cost: $285
Register

AUGUST 5 - 9 / Survival Superpowers / $285

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

Can you spot a rabbit a mile away?  Sniff out a scent trail that is 300 hours cold?  Or hear a mouse under 2 feet of snow?  Did you know that there are superheroes living among?  We share our world with amazing animals and each of them has superpowers that are key to their success.  In Survival Superpowers, discover the incredible abilities of animals to see, hear, smell, feel and taste.   Each day will be a new investigation into the incredible world of the five senses and campers will test how their own senses stack up against those of animals.  During the week there will also be opportunities for beginner yoga to learn how to move and bend move like the animals of the world.*

*Provided by a certified yoga instructor.

Cost: $285
Register

AUGUST 12 - 16 / Fantastic Fliers / $285 - Filling Fast - 3 spots left

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

Come explore the world of flight.  From a tiny honey bee to the great Bald Eagle, there are so many amazing critters that have the unique ability to fly through the sky.  Fantastic Fliers investigates the flying abilities of different animals and why it is important for their survival.  Campers will go bugging in the meadow, discover the world’s only flying mammal, meet VINS’ resident raptors, and even explore how to engineer their own flying machines!  Join VINS to learn all about the power of flight and the creatures of New England that flap, soar, and hover overhead.

Cost: $285
Register

AUGUST 12 – 16 / Woodland Scouts / $285

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

Join VINS’ very own woodland scout troop and become at home in the forests surrounding the VINS Nature Center.  During this camp, scouts will gain comfort traveling through the woods and be introduced to beginner wilderness skills through exciting themed activities as well as games, stories, crafts, and more.  Daily mini-hikes will encourage campers to expand their scout knowledge by learning skills such as how to build a survival shelter, following a map, how to identify trees and plants, and campfire safety.  A walk in the woods will never be the same again after this week of “tree-mendous” fun.  Campers who successfully master these skills will assist in building a campfire at the end of the week for a closing ceremony.

Cost: $285
Register

AUGUST 19 - 21 / Habitat Hunters / $215

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

Every animal needs a habitat, but not all habitats are the same.  Our Habitat Hunters team will explore the diverse ecosystems of the VINS Nature Center and discover how animals make their homes in the forest, field, and river's edge.  Treks in search of food, water, shelter, and space will take campers on in-depth explorations of what makes up an animal's habitat as they discover who is living at the VINS Nature Center or in their very own backyard. 

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

Cost: $215
Register

AUGUST 19 – 21 / VINS Quest / $215 - Filling Fast - 2 spots left

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am-4:00 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 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 22 or Friday, August 23.

Cost: $215
Register

FLEDGLINGS Camps at Storrs Pond Recreation Area

Available   Waitlist

JUNE 24 - 28 / Habitat Hunters / $300 - Filling Fast - 2 spots left

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

Every animal needs a habitat, but not all habitats are the same.  Our Habitat Hunters team will explore the diverse ecosystems of the Storrs Pond Recreation Area and discover how animals make their homes in the forest, field, vernal pool, and pond's edge.  Treks in search of food, water, shelter, and space will take campers on in-depth explorations of what makes up an animal's habitat as they discover who is living at Storrs Pond or in their very own backyard.  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: $300
Register

JUNE 24 - 28 / NEW! Tracks and Traces / $300

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

Our world is full of animals going about their daily lives, and yet most of this activity goes unobserved by humans.  So how do we know animals really do live here and how do we know so much about their secretive lives?  In fact, the forest floor is full of mysteries! Animals leave us many clues that tell us where they have been and what they have been doing.  Spend a week investigating and practicing the art of tracking with VINS educators.  By the end of the week, campers will be able to solve the mystery of who was here.  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: $300
Register

JULY 1 – 3 / Aqua Quest / $215

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

Come get your feet wet with VINS during a fun-packed week of aquatic exploration!  Throughout the week, campers will explore and discover why water is such an important resource in our environment through exciting science activities, games, and crafts.  They will also look below the water’s surface and investigate the amazing animals that make the water their home.  Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, NH, offers exceptional opportunities for on-water adventures including fishing, canoeing, and swimming.*  So grab a net, put on your suits, and dive in for a week of Aqua Quest.

*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 / Water, Water Everywhere / $325

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

Where swimming lessons meet nature exploration, join VINS and Storrs Pond for a week of exploration and aquatic escapades.*  Students will learn swimming fundamentals from the experts and discover why humans have been so inspired by a frog’s kick, a turtle’s stroke, and the beats of a butterfly’s wing.  Storrs Pond swim instructors will build campers’ confidence in the water during daily swimming lessons while VINS educators will cultivate your child’s curiosity for science and the great outdoors as they lead adventures in the wetland habitats around the pond.  Through swimming, play, and nature exploration, campers will learn how plants and animals have adapted to a world where water truly is everywhere.

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

Cost: $325
Register

JULY 29 - AUGUST 2 / Woodland Scouts / $300

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

Join VINS’ very own woodland scout troop and become at home in the forests surrounding Storrs Pond.  During this camp, scouts will gain comfort traveling through the woods and be introduced to beginner wilderness skills through exciting themed activities as well as games, stories, crafts, and more.  Daily mini-hikes will encourage campers to expand their scout knowledge by learning skills such as how to build a survival shelter, following a map, how to identify trees and plants, and campfire safety.  A walk in the woods will never be the same again after this week of “tree-mendous” fun.  Campers who successfully master these skills will assist in building a campfire at the end of the week for a closing ceremony.  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: $300
Register