Special Events

Artist Exhibition – Margaret Lampe Kannenstine

APRIL 2 – JUNE 30 – View artwork by Margaret (Peggy) Lampe Kannenstine in the Neale Pavilion at the VINS Nature Center. Peggy is a local artist whose acrylic paintings and works on paper have been shown widely for decades and can be seen in many collections around the country.

Yoga in the Canopy

JULY 10 – 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.

Yoga Walk

JULY 17 – Experience the VINS Nature Center through the lens of yoga with Miss Amanda. During this meditative event, participants will stroll mindfully through the grounds, pausing to do simple yoga poses in the woods, by the water, and on the Forest Canopy Walk. Most of this workshop will be spent in silence. Enjoy being quiet and present among the sounds of morning birds as you experience the Nature Center before the grounds are open to the public.

Incredible Insect Festival

JULY 23 – 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.

Mothing on the Canopy Walk

JULY 29 – Mothing is the amazing experience of observing the hundreds of moths and other insects you can attract right in your backyard. Folks of all ages are invited to join us for a late-night exploring the incredible world of moths and other night time fliers.

Magnificent Mammals Day

AUGUST 13 – Join us for a day exploring the amazing lives of mammals. Discover the specialties of our furred cousins and find out how important they are to the natural world. In addition there will be hands-on activities and crafts all day long. It’s sure to be a magnificent day!