Special Events

VINS Online Auction

OCT 4 – 26: With a goal to raise $12,000, these funds will support VINS’ environmental education, research and wildlife rehabilitation program, as well as the thousands of children, families, educators, adult learners and avian patients who benefit from them each year.

Hoots & Howls

OCTOBER 27 – Hoots and Howls is a full day, family friendly event. Each portion of the day is designed to be educational, nature-based, non-frightening, and fun! Together we will conduct science experiments, rediscover the magic of storytelling, and get up close to snakes, owls, skulls and bones.

Bird Feeding 101

NOVEMBER 4 – Feeding birds is a great way to attract color and life to your yard during the winter while helping wildlife at the same time. But how does one get started, what is the best type of food and how do you identify your backyard visitors? Come learn from the experts at VINS.

Tip to Tail: The Art of Sketching Birds

NOV 7, 14, 28 & DEC 5 – Join this 4-week class to develop basic knowledge of bird anatomy and hone your observation and drawing skills. Each session will be devoted to a different topic related to drawing birds including bone structure, feathers, proportions and body shapes.

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 to the community during a culminating event held at the VINS Nature Center.