Special Events

Artist Exhibition – Jeanette Fournier

JANUARY 10 – APRIL 30 – Jeanette is a self-taught artist whose watercolor paintings are inspired by her passion for and love of the natural world. She specializes in illustrative drawings and paintings of animals, birds and nature, which reflect a distinct and original style.

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VT Days – $10 Admission

MARCH 9 & 10 – Join us for VT Days at the VINS Nature Center. VINS is offering a special $10 admission (Saturday or Sunday) for Vermont residents – take in a live animal program, visit our special exhibits and enjoy the day! 

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Night Hike

MARCH 9 – Experience the night through your senses and experience how our local wildlife experience the night-time a little bit differently. Play games, test your color vision, learn about different types of light after dark, and meet one of our education owls!

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Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea

MARCH 12 – Join host Rolf Diamant, former superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, for a conversation that explores how anti-slavery activism, the Civil War, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park and the concept of a national park system.

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NH Days – $10 Admission

MARCH 16 & 17 – Join us for NH Days at the VINS Nature Center. VINS is offering a special $10 admission for New Hampshire residents – take in a live animal program, visit our special exhibits and enjoy the day! 

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Volunteer Transporter Training

MARCH 17 – Are you interested in volunteering at VINS, but aren’t able to commit to a weekly schedule?  Apply to be a volunteer transporter.

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Birding for Beginners: An Introduction to Bird ID

MARCH 26 & APRIL 23 – This virtual series is an introductory course and will focus on birding basics. Each session will be devoted to a different topic related to bird ID including an introduction to some of the most common species found in Vermont, birding terminology, recognizing field markings, body size, shape and silhouette, and bird calls.

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Hooked on Owls: A Beginning Rug Hooking Class

MARCH 30 – This 3-hour class is an introduction to traditional rug hooking. The instruction will include the basic techniques to hook the owl pattern provided. Discussions will cover tools and equipment, different fibers, finishing methods, and much more.

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Eyeing the Night Sky

APRIL 5 – Evening Event – Journey into the VINS StarLab for an immersive experience to learn about moon phases and features. Then, dive into an explanation of eclipses and explore the mythology of eclipses from cultures throughout history.

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Sun, Moon & Stars

APRL 7 – Daytime Event – Journey into the VINS StarLab for an immersive experience to learn about moon phases and features. Then, dive into an explanation of eclipses and explore the mythology of eclipses from cultures throughout history.

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Solar Eclipse 2024

APRIL 8 – Join us for live music, a special program about animals and the eclipse, and space to watch this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Owl Festival

APRIL 13 – Join us for a day of all things owl! Meet live owls that range from Vermont’s forests to habitats all over the world and discover their life stories. Join in a craft inspired by owls, and play games to test your own owl skills. Learn all about the amazing world of owls and how you can help the ones in your backyard.

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Wildlife ER

APRIL 21 – Ever wonder what it’s like to be a wild bird rehabilitator? What does it take to care for and treat the injured birds at VINS? This program will give you a window in daily life at VINS’s Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation.

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Artist Exhibition – Ian Clark

MAY 1 – JULY 31 – Ian Clark’s nature photography contains over 400 species from the Bay of Fundy to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Ian’s work has appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspapers, calendars and print ads. These days, his photo shoots include editorial, stock and commercial users from his home in West Newbury, VT.

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World Migratory Bird Day

MAY 11 – Come celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at VINS and discover the importance of insects to migratory birds. Collect your passport and travel around the Nature Center to learn about the wonderful world of Migratory Birds. Attend a live raptor program, meet the songbirds, compete to find your habitat, go on a bug safari and more! Collect stickers at each station to complete your passport.

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Dinosaur Discoveries

MAY 19 – Join a VINS educator as we explore dinosaur discoveries! Meet some of T. Rex’s great great grandchildren, and get a chance to touch a living fossil in a program featuring VINS live animal ambassadors. Next brush up on your paleontology skills and join a scavenger hunt for dinosaur bones.

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Crafts with Critters

JUNE 16 – Have you ever wanted to make art alongside a bird of prey? Artists of all ages are invited to meet an ambassador bird and learn all about raptors while exploring your artistic side. New and younger artists can enjoy crafting along a live step by step demo, while more experienced artists can draw inspiration from our live avian model and create a work of art from life; all this, while learning about the fascinating natural history of North America’s birds of prey! Participants can craft from provided materials or bring their own supplies for some feather-tastic fun, then take home a special souvenir of the experience!

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Moth Ball

JULY 13 – Ever wonder what that bug is fluttering around your porch light at night? Join a VINS educator on the canopy walk at night for the chance to observe, ID, and learn all about the moths and nocturnal insects of Vermont through the simple and fun technique of moth fishing! While waiting for our fluttering friends, meet one of our owl ambassadors who depend on these insects for food and learn how to help out insects near you! 

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Bat Bonanza

AUGUST 17 – Want to know what creatures go bump in the night? Join a VINS educator for a night hike to learn all about bats and bat detection. Using an echo- meter, get the chance to hear the calls of different bats and identify them as echo- locate the world around them

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Hawkwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

SEPTEMBER 1 – We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into Hawkwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Join a VINS educator for this magical event where you can choose your classes and learn all about the real world magic of science!

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Tree Trunk or Treat

OCTOBER 19 – Trick or treat, in the trees! Visit different stations along the Canopy Walk to play games, do puzzles, and learn about the different habitat zones around VINS all while collecting candy!

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Escape from VINS!

NOVEMBER 16 – Escape from VINS! Solve an escape room like no other at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, put your puzzle solving skills to the test all while learning new facts in our two different themed escape rooms.

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Paint, Sip, & Soar

DECEMBER 14 – Join a VINS Educator for a one of a kind – Paint, Sip & Soar – featuring a live raptor model. Get up close and personal with one of our avian ambassadors and garner techniques in painting from life, all while learning about raptor natural history and anatomy.

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