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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.

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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 9 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 Camp Hours:

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

FLEDGLINGS Camps at VINS Nature Center

Available   Waitlist

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

Today, technology connects us all.  Smart devices and wireless networks meet our basic needs with apps that can control the thermostat in our home or deliver food directly to our doorstep.  Cell phones and social media platforms allow instant communication with people around the world.  Nature’s vast networks of interconnected relationships however, have been “online” much longer than we have.  From complex food webs, to incredible plant and animal partnerships, to processes that capture Earth’s renewable and unlimited energy sources that power the natural world, Nature’s Networks will explore the amazing relationships between all living things.  Campers’ will discover just how connected they are to all life on Earth; and the best part parents, they won’t even need a tablet to do it.

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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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 meadow, forest floor, tree tops, 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. 

Register

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

Register

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

Register

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

Today, technology connects us all.  Smart devices and wireless networks meet our basic needs with apps that can control the thermostat in our home or deliver food directly to our doorstep.  Cell phones and social media platforms allow instant communication with people around the world.  Nature’s vast networks of interconnected relationships however, have been “online” much longer than we have.  From complex food webs, to incredible plant and animal partnerships, to processes that capture Earth’s renewable and unlimited energy sources that power the natural world, Nature’s Networks will explore the amazing relationships between all living things.  Campers’ will discover just how connected they are to all life on Earth; and the best part parents, they won’t even need a tablet to do it.

Register

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

Register

VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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 crucial 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.

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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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.

Register

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 meadow, forest floor, tree tops, 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 27 or Friday, August 28.

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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 27 or Friday, August 28.

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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Thursday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Description Coming Soon

Note: This is a 1-day camp.

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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Description Coming Soon

Note: This is a 1-day camp.

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FLEDGLINGS Camps at Storrs Pond Recreation Area

Available   Waitlist

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

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.

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Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

Today, technology connects us all.  Smart devices and wireless networks meet our basic needs with apps that can control the thermostat in our home or deliver food directly to our doorstep.  Cell phones and social media platforms allow instant communication with people around the world.  Nature’s vast networks of interconnected relationships however, have been “online” much longer than we have.  From complex food webs, to incredible plant and animal partnerships, to processes that capture Earth’s renewable and unlimited energy sources that power the natural world, Nature’s Networks will explore the amazing relationships between all living things.  Campers’ will discover just how connected they are to all life on Earth; and the best part parents, they won’t even need a tablet to do it.  Storrs Pond Recreation Area also offers exceptional opportunities for water adventures including canoeing and swimming in the pond.

Register

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

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.

*Camp fee includes daily group swim lessons

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Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

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.

Register