Special Events

Owl Festival

FEBRUARY 23 & 24 – 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.

Small Wonders: Discoveries for the Season

MARCH 1 – What do insects do in the winter? What is it like to be a turtle? What can we see in the woods as winter turns to spring? Children and their families are invited to explore these questions and others like them.

Owl Prowl Wine & Dine

MARCH 1 – 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.

Small Wonders: Discoveries for the Season

MARCH 15 – What do insects do in the winter? What is it like to be a turtle? What can we see in the woods as winter turns to spring? Children and their families are invited to explore these questions and others like them.

Winter Forest Fairy Hunt

MARCH 16 – Even in the winter, there is always something to see in the woods. Connect with the natural world by exploring the VINS trails and learning forest facts while searching for fairies!

Small Wonders: Discoveries for the Season

MARCH 29 – What do insects do in the winter? What is it like to be a turtle? What can we see in the woods as winter turns to spring? Children and their families are invited to explore these questions and others like them.

Earth Day Celebration

APRIL 20 & 21 – Join us as we celebrate Earth Day. The day will include crafts, opportunities to learn more the environment, live raptor programs, and plant your own vegetable seeds to bring home!

Homeschool Program: Herps and Their Hangouts

APRIL 24 – Herps and Their Hangouts – Science, technology, engineering, and math exists all around us from constellations to streams to bird nests and beyond. Join VINS staff for a deeper dive into all things STEM during our new, seasonal Home School Program.

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.