Special Events

Growing Up as a Bug – Virtual Talk

AUGUST 6 – Everyone’s childhood is different, so you can imagine the stories you can get from half a million species of insects. From her insectarium in Costa Rica, Bryna B. will share some of the parenting styles and family dynamics that go on right under our feet and above our heads.

Swift Night Out

AUGUST 6 – Join us to learn more about Chimney Swift conservation and rehabilitation, and to watch Chimney Swifts during their evening activities. Meet VINS staff and learn about conservation work led by Audubon VT, as well as rehabilitation of injured and orphaned swifts.

Incredible Insect Festival

AUGUST 7 – Welcome to the fascinating world of insects at the Incredible Insect Festival! Renowned insect expert Sam Jaffe will showcase a multitude of live caterpillars at The Caterpillar Lab. Have a fun day discovering the insects we share our planet with through demonstrations, exhibits, games and crafts.

Yoga in the Canopy

AUGUST 15 & 29 – Welcome to a yoga class like you’ve never experienced before. Ascend into the treetops on the VINS Forest Canopy Walk and immerse yourself in the beauty of the early summer foliage. Expect a slow-flow class that will incorporate sun salutations, standing poses, balance poses, and brief meditation. All levels of experience are welcome.

Tip to Tail: The Art of Sketching Birds

SATURDAYS / AUG 21 & 28 – Love birds? VINS has the class for you! Join this 2-day workshop to develop basic knowledge of bird anatomy and hone your observation and drawing skills.

Forest Fairy Hunts

AUGUST 21 – Where do milkweed pods become bathtubs and beds, and acorns caps become dinnerware? In Fairy Town at VINS, of course! Building fairy houses with natural materials and trekking through the VINS forest while hunting for fairies offers children and their families a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world and to nurture respect for the environment.

Yoga in the Canopy

AUGUST 15 & 29 – Welcome to a yoga class like you’ve never experienced before. Ascend into the treetops on the VINS Forest Canopy Walk and immerse yourself in the beauty of the early summer foliage. Expect a slow-flow class that will incorporate sun salutations, standing poses, balance poses, and brief meditation. All levels of experience are welcome.

Owl Festival

SEPTEMBER 18 – Join us for a day of all things owly! 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.

Chang Fly Fishing Event

SEPTEMBER 25 – With fly fishing season upon us, we look forward to enjoying another beautiful day at the Annual David Chang Memorial Fly Fishing Event in memory of David P.C. Chang.