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The VINS Science Symposium 2018

The VINS Science Symposium will be taking place on Friday, May 18 and Monday, May 21, 2018! The Science Symposium is a science based event held at the VINS Nature Center that allows local students to connect with the community and apply science in a real way. In the months leading up to the event,…

The Migratory Bird Act #YearoftheBird

2018 is the centennial celebration of the Migratory Bird Act, an instrumental legislation that makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird. Beginning in the 1800’s with essentially zero regulations in place,…

Bird Feeders in your Schoolyard

Getting students engaged with wildlife isn’t always easy. Coming across evidence of wild animals (i.e. tracks, scat, rubs, fur) while out exploring can be few and far between so it can be difficult to keep student attention and excitement. You can use trail cameras to capture photos of animals in or around your schoolyard but…

Connecting Environmental Education to STEM

There is a natural connection between STEM and Environmental Education.  Many of the skills that students employ in STEM studies are effortlessly put to use while studying nature including: making observations, developing hypotheses, and inquiry into system function.  Environmental Education (EE) emphasizes cooperative learning (i.e., working in teams or with partners), critical thinking and discussion,…

Nature Journaling — Learning to Become Good Observers

One of the most effective ways to teach observation skills is through nature journaling.  Nature journaling is the process of keeping a place-based record of events, experiences and observations of the outdoors. The act of going outside and being mindful of their surroundings will help students focus and pay greater attention to detail. Using their…

Bringing Nature into your Classroom

This month’s blog topic, Bringing Nature into Your Classroom, is the first in a monthly series of articles that are designed to help you to incorporate environmental education practices into your classroom curriculum.  We look forward to working with you! Bringing nature into your classroom is an easy way to supplement your science, language arts,…