Special Events

Incredible Insect Festival

JULY 6 – Welcome to the fascinating world of insects at the Incredible Insect Festival! Your day will be filled with adventure while meeting live caterpillars and other insects up close.

Behind the Scenes Tour

JULY 7 – On this exclusive behind the scenes experience you will discover the steps it takes to rehabilitate and release hundreds of wild birds. Meet some of our current patients, the rehabbers that take care of them, and hear a story of one of our permanent residence education raptors.

Forest Fairy Hunts

JULY 13 – Where do milkweed pods become bathtubs and beds, and acorns caps become dinnerware? In Fairy Town at VINS, of course! Building fairy houses with natural materials and trekking through the VINS forest while hunting for fairies offers children and their families a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world and to nurture respect for the environment.

Behind the Scenes Tour

JULY 21 – On this exclusive behind the scenes experience you will discover the steps it takes to rehabilitate and release hundreds of wild birds. Meet some of our current patients, the rehabbers that take care of them, and hear a story of one of our permanent residence education raptors.

Botanical Art & Illustration Pen Workshop

JULY 30 – Do you want to learn how to document the plants that you see around you? Join us at VINS for this botanical illustration workshop. Students will learn basic pen skills and will spend time composing a drawing of native plant specimens. Instructor Lara Call Gastinger will demonstrate helpful pen techniques and will also show how to create and maintain a perpetual nature journal with these skills.

Forest Fairy Hunts

AUGUST 3 – Where do milkweed pods become bathtubs and beds, and acorns caps become dinnerware? In Fairy Town at VINS, of course! Building fairy houses with natural materials and trekking through the VINS forest while hunting for fairies offers children and their families a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world and to nurture respect for the environment.

Behind the Scenes Tour

AUGUST 4 – On this exclusive behind the scenes experience you will discover the steps it takes to rehabilitate and release hundreds of wild birds. Meet some of our current patients, the rehabbers that take care of them, and hear a story of one of our permanent residence education raptors.

Sport of Kings Day

August 10 – Lords and Ladies all are invited to celebrate the Sport of Kings—Falconry! Experience the history, language, and traditions of this 3000-year old practice of hunting alongside a trained raptor.

Marvelous Mammals Festival

SEPTEMBER 1 – 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.

International Vulture Awareness Day

SEPTEMBER 7 – Come join us to learn about these amazing, ecologically important creatures, and even meet a few up close. Help spread awareness of the conservation issues facing vulture species in Africa, Asia, and here in North America, while you fly through our vulture-themed activities.

VT Day – $5 Admission

SEPTEMBER 8 – 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

SEPTEMBER 15 – 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!