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Camp Hours

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM*

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM*

*Regular Camp hours. Please note, times are different for Peeps, Overnight and February camps.

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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Children Ages 4 & 5 or Entering Kindergarten

VINS Nature Camp holds camps for preschool-aged children at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, VT.  Our Peeps camps offer a blend of active nature exploration and creative crafts in an atmosphere focused on the developmental needs of our youngest campers.  During your child’s week at camp, they will enjoy a fun array of nature-themed activities and games, participate in art projects that reinforce daily lessons, and come face-to-face with live animals.

PEEPS Camp Hours:

All VINS Nature Camp's PEEPS camps run from 9 AM - 12 PM, Monday through Friday unless otherwise specified.

PEEPS Camps at VINS Nature Center

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Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Discover the art and science behind flight this summer!  During this exciting week, our professional educators will lead campers on incredible explorations of the creatures that flap, flutter, soar and buzz through the sky.  From the canopy of a towering tree to a fragrant flower-filled meadow, campers will investigate the lives of these aerial acrobats while participating in hands-on activities and fun games.  


Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

VINS Adventurers will feed your young explorer’s desire to investigate and discover.  Campers will look, listen, feel, smell and taste their way through this weeklong adventure as they blaze trails through the forests, meadows and other natural spaces at the VINS Nature Center.  Daily hikes, activities and craft projects will highlight one of the five senses and give campers new ways to investigate the world around them.  On the last day of camp, campers will be guided along the VINS Nature Center trails on a special quest to find a mystery creature.


Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Let VINS encourage your child’s vibrant curiosity.  Through crafts, games, stories, and outdoor adventure, campers will explore the vast and amazing creatures that occupy the smallest crevices to the largest trees. During Anybody Home?, expert naturalists will guide your child’s discovery as we explore and reflect on the natural world often hidden in plain sight: under the bark of a dead tree, below the surface of the soil, and in the highest branches of the trees.


Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Animal Adventures is the camp for animal enthusiasts.  This unique camp experience offers opportunities for exploration of the amazing adaptations of mammal, bird, insect, reptile and amphibian species that call Vermont home.  Campers will learn about the characteristics of these animals through arts & crafts, games, outdoor exploration, stories and live animal encounters!  Using their imagination and natural curiosity, campers will begin to understand what makes each animal unique and become experts on their favorite critters.


Monday - Wednesday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Where do milkweed pods become bathtubs and beds, and acorns caps become dinnerware?  Where can children explore a magical world and let their imaginations run wild?  At VINS, of course!  From building fairy houses with natural materials to trekking through the VINS forest hunting for enchanted creatures to a special visit from Fairy Grandmother, this camp will offer children a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world while fostering imaginative play.  Join VINS this summer for an adventure sprinkled with the magic and wonder of forest fairies!

Note: This is a 3-day camp, there will be no camp held on Thursday, August 27 or Friday, August 28.