Scout Trips

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Scout Trip Rate

$18 per Person

Advanced booking required.

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 4pm Daily

Wild Bird Rehab is Open
Accepting Calls Only
802.359.5000 x212
8am to 4pm

Scout Trips to the Nature Center

At the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, your troop will be immersed in a rich learning experience. Our scout trips are designed to work with and enhance your curriculum, making every visit to VINS a valuable experience for your students. All of our Scouts Trips are aligned with Girl Scout, Cub Scout and Boy Scouts of America badges.

VINS has been a leader in environmental education since 1972. Our staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge in outdoor education, the natural sciences and teaching methods. We'll work with you to deepen the connections between your learning goals and your experience at VINS.  Troops are able to explore the VINS campus before and after their lesson and enjoy on-site educational programs at no additional cost. Hold your Field Trip in our Outdoor Classroom for an immersive forest experience.

To schedule a scout trip, contact Eleanor Hitchings, Science Educator, at 802.359.5000 x208 or fill out the Scout Form.

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Outdoor Classroom

This structure, funded by the Jane’s Trust Foundation, models outdoor learning and supports the educational goals of VINS by demonstrating ways that learning can be taken beyond the four walls of an indoor classroom. Students of all ages can enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of this living-learning environment.
 
This new learning location is available for VINS Field Trips! Book your lesson now to ensure your preferred date and lesson in our Outdoor Classroom.

​Choose from a variety of topics and work with our educators to personalize the educational experience to meet your students’ needs.

We will work with you around choosing a lesson of your choice with one of our educators and we will also work with you as needed to make sure that our lesson complements your learners best. Please let us know if there is a topic you're interested in even if you don't see it on one of the lists below.

Girl Scouts

Mechanical Engineering
Design, build, and test a model car. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Math in Nature
Find evidence of mathematical theories and practices in nature. Learn More.

Light & Sound
Discover how light and sound waves travel and explore how animals use light and sound to communicate. Learn More.

Animal Adaptations
Make observations about animal pelts, feet, skulls, and wings, then infer how the animals are adapted to survive. Learn More.

Mechanical Engineering
Design, build, and test a model car. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Light & Sound
Discover how light and sound waves travel and explore how animals use light and sound to communicate. Learn More.

Animal Adaptations
Make observations about animal pelts, feet, skulls, and wings, then infer how the animals are adapted to survive. Learn More.

Stream Table
Use our hands-on Stream Table to model stream movement, erosion, human impact, and more. Learn More.

Mechanical Engineering
Design, build, and test a model car. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Light & Sound
Discover how light and sound waves travel and explore how animals use light and sound to communicate. Learn More.

Math in Nature
Find evidence of mathematical theories and practices in nature. Learn More.

Stream Table
Use our hands-on Stream Table to model stream movement, erosion, human impact, and more. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Boy Scouts

Mechanical Engineering
Design, build, and test a model car. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Light & Sound
Discover how light and sound waves travel and explore how animals use light and sound to communicate. Learn More.

Tracking and Animal Signs
Observe signs of animal passage while learning about the art of tracking at VINS. Learn More.

Outdoor Ramps
Complete various force and motion challenges as you investigate ramps and balls. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Tracking and Animal Signs
Observe signs of animal passage while learning about the art of tracking at VINS. Learn More.

Animal Adaptations
Make observations about animal pelts, feet, skulls, and wings, then infer how the animals are adapted to survive. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Math in Nature
Find evidence of mathematical theories and practices in nature. Learn More.

Tracking and Animal Signs
Observe signs of animal passage while learning about the art of tracking at VINS. Learn More.

Birds are Dinosaurs
How is a T-Rex like a hummingbird? Explore the evolution of therapod dinosaurs. Learn More.

Animal Adaptations
Make observations about animal pelts, feet, skulls, and wings, then infer how the animals are adapted to survive. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Outdoor Ramps
Complete various force and motion challenges as you investigate ramps and balls. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Light & Sound
Discover how light and sound waves travel and explore how animals use light and sound to communicate. Learn More.

Math in Nature
Find evidence of mathematical theories and practices in nature. Learn More.

Forest Canopy Walk
Discover animals in each layer of the forest and learn about their interactions on the beautiful Forest Canopy Walk. Learn More.

Stream Table
Use our hands-on Stream Table to model stream movement, erosion, human impact, and more. Learn More.

Habitats Hike
Discover how animals interact with their habitat as you explore the forest, meadow, and/or river's edge at VINS. Learn More.

Geology Hike
Uncover the story of Vermont's geologic past as you hike to the Quechee Gorge. Learn More.

Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.