Special Events

Sport of Kings Day

SEPTEMBER 12 – Lords, Ladies, all are invited to celebrate the Sport of Kings – Falconry! Experience the history, language and traditions of this 3000-year-old practice of hunting alongside a trained raptor.

Monarch Madness

SEPTEMBER 19 – Join VINS for a morning of all things monarch! Participants will learn how to safely catch butterflies, and assist staff with tagging for their fall migration. This citizen science project is part of Monarch Watch’s annual tagging program.

Owl Festival

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27 – 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.

Hoots & Howls

OCTOBER 24 – Hoots & 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.