Special Events

Artist Exhibition – Jeanette Fournier

JAN 7 – MAR 31: Jeanette Fournier is a wildlife artist whose work is inspired by nature, particularly the northern mountain areas of New Hampshire and Vermont. Her artwork of animals, birds and nature comes from a passion for and love of the natural world. Jeanette’s artwork will be on display at the VINS Nature Center through March 31.

Owl Prowl Wine & Dine

FEBRUARY 28 – 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.

Winter Forest Fairy Hunt

MARCH 7 – 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!

Winter Forest Fairy Hunt

MARCH 21 – 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!

VT Day – $5 Admission

MARCH 22 – 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! 

US Fish and Wildlife Junior Duck Stamp Contest Judging

MARCH 25 – Students in kindergarten through grade twelve compete in a free wildlife art contest. The object of the contest is for students to show what they have learned about waterfowl and wetland conservation by drawing or painting a native North American duck, goose or swan.

Tip to Tail Part 2: More Bird Sketching

MARCH 28, APRIL 4 & 11: Join VINS and illustrator Sandy McDermott for this three-part workshop which will give you tools and techniques to transform your basic sketches into ones that capture the detailed patterns and textures of these animals.

NH Day – $5 Admission

MARCH 29 – 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! 

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

May 14 – 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 19-21: 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.

NestWatch Training Workshop

MAY 23 – Come to VINS to learn about NestWatch, a citizen science project, and help study nesting birds in your own backyard in your free time! VINS is Vermont’s first official NestWatch Chapter, and we are excited to share with you the protocols and practice of monitoring nesting birds, so YOU can contribute to scientific knowledge. 

iNaturalist Training Workshop

JUNE 18 – Come to VINS to learn about iNaturalist, a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe.