Special Events

Tip to Tail: The Art of Sketching Birds

SUNDAYS / JAN 26 to FEB 23 – Love birds? VINS has the class for you! Join this 4-week class to develop basic knowledge of bird anatomy and hone your observation and drawing skills.

Owl Prowl Wine & Dine

FEBRUARY 7 – Join a VINS educator to discover the amazing life of our wild nocturnal residents while snowshoeing through the woods of the VINS Nature Center. Afterwards, dine at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms.

Great Backyard Bird Count

FEBRUARY 15 – Enjoy watching birds at your feeders? Want to learn more about helping the birds in your community? Then put your bird watching skills to work at VINS as we celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Owl Prowl Wine & Dine

FEBRUARY 28 – Join a VINS educator to discover the amazing life of our wild nocturnal residents while snowshoeing through the woods of the VINS Nature Center. Afterwards, dine at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms.

US Fish and Wildlife Junior Duck Stamp Contest Judging

Each year, students in kindergarten through grade twelve compete in a free wildlife art contest. The object of the contest is for students to show what they have learned about waterfowl and wetland conservation by drawing or painting a native North American duck, goose or swan. The national best of show artwork provides the design for the Junior…

Owl Festival

APRIL 18 & 19 – Calling all owls and owl lovers! Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, create adorable crafts, get your face painted and delight in delicious food.

Place-Based Ecology Education Celebration

May 14 – Looking for a way to showcase the place-based ecology education you are diligently incorporating into your classroom curriculum? Look no further than the Place-Based Ecology Education Celebration! Come together with like-minded educators and students to collaborate, brainstorm and celebrate your PBEE successes at Thetford Academy, Thetford, VT.

Science Symposium

MAY 19-21: 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.