Special Events

Forest of Lights

A Forest of Lights

Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays / 5 PM – 7 PM

Artist Exhibition – Katie Roberts

DECEMBER 1 – FEBRUARY 28 – Artist Katie Roberts believes in raising awareness to the plight of specific species in need, and the dwindling global biodiversity and hopes to contribute to creating a better future for both through her art. She is in constant watch of the animals, plants and weather that made up the rugged landscape of Vermont.

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The Dating Game

FEBRUARY 11 & 19 – What is a red-tailed hawk’s ideal first date? Would a barn owl bring you a bouquet? Learn all about the natural history and courtship rituals of three bachelor birds as they compete for the hand of our lovely bachelorette contestant in VINS’ very own version of The Dating Game! Three lucky members of our ambassador raptors will field questions from a mysterious bachelorette as they attempt to woo her. Who will get the girl?

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Great Backyard Bird Count

FEBRUARY 18 – Enjoy watching birds at your feeders? Want to learn more about helping the birds in your community? Then put your bird watching skills to work at VINS as we celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count. Visit us and learn to count birds for science!

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The Dating Game

FEBRUARY 11 & 19 – What is a red-tailed hawk’s ideal first date? Would a barn owl bring you a bouquet? Learn all about the natural history and courtship rituals of three bachelor birds as they compete for the hand of our lovely bachelorette contestant in VINS’ very own version of The Dating Game! Three lucky members of our ambassador raptors will field questions from a mysterious bachelorette as they attempt to woo her. Who will get the girl?

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Winter Wildlife Celebration

FEBRUARY 25 – Celebrate the wildlife of winter with a fun-filled day of family activities. The day includes forest fairy hunts, Forest Canopy Walk tours, and outdoor winter games. You’ll also have a chance to learn about moose and visit with live reindeer!

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Owl Prowl

MAR 3 – Explore the natural world as we hike the beautiful trails at the VINS Nature Center and prowl for owls. Find out “Hooo’s” out there making raucous noises in the nighttime forest and discover the secret life of New England’s nocturnal residents.

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Owl Festival

APRIL 15 – Join us for a day of all things owly! Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, join in a craft, and play games. Spice up your experience by dressing as your favorite owl! You never know whooo you’ll run into.

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