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Special Events

Bird Feeding 101

NOVEMBER 23 – 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.

Giving Tuesday

DECEMBER 3 – #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season after Thanksgiving! This international day of giving calls to the community to unite and give their best to something meaningful.

How to Start a Nature Journal

DECEMBER 7 – Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist and artist and opens up a world of beauty and discovery. Learn how to start your own Nature Journal and tap into your sense of curiosity.

Nature Camp Registration Opens

DECEMBER 15 – Registration opens for VINS Nature Camp – Our mission is to help young people develop the life skills necessary to be a positive force for their community and the environment. Sign up today!

Bird of Prey Film Screening

DECEMBER 28 – VINS is thrilled to bring Bird of Prey, the Award-Winning Documentary from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to Upper Valley audiences this holiday season. The film includes stunning natural history footage of the critically endangered Great Philippine Eagle.

VT Day – $5 Admission

JANUARY 5 – Join us for VT Day at the VINS Nature Center. VINS is offering a special for $5 admission for Vermont residents – take in a live bird program, visit our special exhibits and enjoy the day! 

NH Day – $5 Admission

JANUARY 12 – Join us for NH Day at the VINS Nature Center. VINS is offering a special for $5 admission for New Hampshire residents – take in a live bird program, visit our special exhibits and enjoy the day! 

Winter Wildlife Celebration

JANUARY 18 – Celebrate the wildlife of winter at the VINS Nature Center with a fun-filled day of family activities! The day includes interactive guided tours, games, activities, crafts, and a campfire with refreshments.

Great Backyard Bird Count

FEBRUARY 15 – 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.

Owl Festival

APRIL 18 & 19 – 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.

Place-Based Ecology Education Celebration

OCTOBER 10 – Looking for a way to showcase the place-based ecology education you are diligently incorporating into your classroom curriculum? Look no further than the Place-Based Ecology Education Celebration! Come together with like-minded educators and students to collaborate, brainstorm and celebrate your PBEE successes at Thetford Academy, Thetford, VT.

Science Symposium

MAY 18-21: 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.

Science Symposium

MAY 18-21: 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.

Science Symposium

MAY 18-21: 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.

Science Symposium

MAY 18-21: 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.