Tracking and Animal Signs


Tracking and Animal Signs

Look for tracks and other signs that animals have been on the VINS Trails. Look for a nut cache, identify animal droppings, and go on the Animal Shelter Scavenger Hunt. Make observations of different animal feet and learn how different types of animals walk. Practice moving like an animal and and join in animal relay races.

Schedule a conference with a VINS Educator (typically via phone or Zoom) to personalize your lesson, target specific learning goals, and meet the needs of your group. This could involve reviewing specific merit badge requirements, requesting certain animal biofacts, informing of necessary accomodations, putting a face to a name before the visit, etc.

  • Lions - Rumble in the Jungle
  • Tigers - Tigers in the Wild
  • Wolves - Running with the Pack
  • Wolves - Paws on the Path
  • Bears - Fur, Feathers, Ferns

Your field trip includes a 60 minute guided program including an introduction to the topic, an outdoor activity, an in-depth investigation and a chance for students to reflect upon what they learned. In addition to your guided lesson you will have the opportunity to experience a live bird presentation, visit our trails and exhibits, and enjoy lunch on our grounds.

All VINS educators have extensive experience in environmental education, the natural sciences and science instruction. As certified teachers in NH and VT, the instructors align their content and methods with the Next Generation Science Standards as well as BSA and GSGWM guidelines. All instructors utilize best practices for outdoor education and are First Aid and CPR certified.

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

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