Special Events

Eyeing the Stars

DECEMBER 13 – Journey into VINS’ new StarLab for an unforgettable experience. Immersed in a view of our night sky, we will overlay that vista with a map of the constellations and hear the story of the Gemini and other figures from Greek Mythology.

Winter Forest Fairy Hunt

DECEMBER 15 – Even in the winter, there is always something to see in the woods. Connect with the natural world by exploring the VINS trails and learning forest facts while searching for fairies!

Winter Storytime: Tales for the Season

DECEMBER 21 – Children and their families are encouraged to join VINS for a read-aloud story series. Programs will feature a picture book read aloud by one of our educators, a craft and a live animal encounter.

Cheetah Conservation in Kenya

DECEMBER 28 – The fastest animals on land, Cheetahs, are currently running the most important race of their lives: the race for survival. Join VINS to learn about the fascinating efforts by Action for Cheetahs in Kenya to understand the cheetah population as well as the specific techniques to decrease conflicts.

Winter Storytime: Tales for the Season

JANUARY 4 – Children and their families are encouraged to join VINS for a read-aloud story series. Programs will feature a picture book read aloud by one of our educators, a craft and a live animal encounter.

Winter Storytime: Tales for the Season

JANUARY 18 – Children and their families are encouraged to join VINS for a read-aloud story series. Programs will feature a picture book read aloud by one of our educators, a craft and a live animal encounter.

Homeschool Program: Constellation Exploration with the StarLab

JANUARY 23 – Constellation Exploration – Science, technology, engineering, and math exists all around us from constellations to streams to bird nests and beyond. Join VINS staff for a deeper dive into all things STEM during our new, seasonal Home School Program.

Homeschool Program: Herps and Their Hangouts

APRIL 24 – Herps and Their Hangouts – Science, technology, engineering, and math exists all around us from constellations to streams to bird nests and beyond. Join VINS staff for a deeper dive into all things STEM during our new, seasonal Home School Program.

Science Symposium

MAY 14 – 16: The VINS Science Symposium helps bring science investigations to life in our community. Classes participating in the Science Symposium first find a local issue to investigate, design hands-on projects, conduct research and then present their findings.