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Camp Hours

Please note, times are different for Peeps, Overnight and Winter camps.

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

FRIDAY
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

EXTENDED DAY*
Aftercare - Camp hours extend to 5:30 PM for additional fee.

*Not available all weeks or at all locations.

Important:

Please visit our safety page to see VINS Nature Camp's COVID-19 policies before registering.

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 over 10 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.

Extended Day:

VINS Nature Camp offers an Extended Day option for camp sessions held at the VINS Nature Center and Storrs Pond Recreation Area locations. The Extended Day hours are supervised by VINS Nature Camp staff and include a choice of a quiet activity, games, or active play. This program is an extension of the camp day – campers must be registered on a weekly basis.

Details
  • Available for Fledglings, Falcons and Eagles day camps
  • Aftercare hours are from the end of the camp day until 5:30 PM
  • Rate is $50 per camper per week
  • Not available all weeks at all camp locations

Register for Extended Day program options when you submit your online camp registration or call 802.359.5000 x245 for more details.

FLEDGLINGS Camps at VINS Nature Center

Available   Waitlist

Waitlist Closed (No Longer Accepting Waitlist Registrations)

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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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, river's edge and all the spaces in between.  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. 

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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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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

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.

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

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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

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.

Register

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

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, river's edge, and all the spaces in between.  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chock full of hand-on projects and outdoor experiences, Art in the Wild will teach children to observe and respond to the patterns, forms and colors of nature and express themselves through a variety of creative art projects. 

Note: This is a 3-day camp.  There will be no camp held on Thursday, August 25 or Friday, August 26

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Have you ever wondered what skills you need to become a naturalist?  This camp will put campers' observation skills to the test, hone their patience and feed their curiosity as they explore the habitats of the VINS Nature Center and become true students of the natural world.

Note: This is a 3-day camp.  There will be no camp held on Thursday, August 25 or Friday, August 26

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FLEDGLINGS Camps at Storrs Pond Recreation Area

Available   Waitlist

Waitlist Closed (No Longer Accepting Waitlist Registrations)

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.

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

Register

Every animal needs a habitat, but not all habitats are the same.  Our Habitat Hunters team will explore the diverse ecosystems of Storrs Pond and discover how animals make their homes in the meadow, forest floor, tree tops, pond's edge and all the spaces in between.  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. 

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

Register

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 in Hanover, NH, offers exceptional opportunities for on-water adventures including fishing, canoeing, and swimming.

Register

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.

Register

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