The Vermont Institute of Natural Science Begins Winter Schedule Open Year-Round
Quechee, VT - The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) welcomes the holiday season with a new winter schedule and exciting monthly winter-themed environmental education programs. The Nature Center will be open from 10 am to 4 pmdaily. VINS will welcome visitors throughout the winter, focusing on exciting programs and exhibits. Our Nature Store has a special gift for everyone. We are open every day except Christmas.
We have scheduled the following singularly exciting events for the upcoming winter months:
Star Gazing – Thursday, December 13 Eyeing the Stars - Journey into VINS’ new StarLab for an unforgettable experience. Immersed in a view of our night sky, we will overlay that vista with a map of the constellations and hear the story of the Gemini and other figures from Greek Mythology. Registration required. This event is sold-out.
Winter Story Time – Friday, December 21 This December and January children and their families are encouraged to join VINS for a read-aloud story series. We will be reading four captivating children’s books: Kate Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams, and Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. Programs will feature a picture book read aloud by one of our educators, a craft and a live animal encounter. Included with general admission to the VINS Nature Center.
Cheetah Conservation Talk – Friday, December 28 The fastest animals on land, Cheetahs, are currently running the most important race of their lives: the race for survival. Join VINS to learn about the fascinating efforts by Action for Cheetahs in Kenya to understand the cheetah population as well as the specific techniques to decrease conflicts. This event is included with general admissions to the VINS Nature Center.
Winter Wildlife Celebration – Saturday, January 19 Celebrate the wildlife of winter at the VINS Nature Center with a fun-filled day of family activities! In the morning, join our knowledgeable educators to explore our exhibits and trails with interactive guided tours and talks. The celebration continues in the afternoon with outdoor and indoor games, crafts, and activities that challenge visitors of all ages in their winter adaptation skills. Finish the day by a warm campfire and enjoy some yummy refreshments. Snow or no, it is sure to be a great way to discover the wonders of wildlife in winter!
Owl Prowl, Wine and Dine – Friday, February 1 Whooo’s out there making raucous noises in the nighttime forest? Join a VINS educator to discover the amazing life of our wild nocturnal residents while snowshoeing through the woods of the VINS Nature Center. Whooo knows, maybe you’ll hear one! Dine at the Quechee Inn Restaurant at Marshland Farm. Reservations are required through VINS.
Great Backyard Bird Count – Saturday, February 16 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 on Saturday, Feb 16 to enjoy activities for all ages and ways to improve your birding skills!
Owl Festival – February 23 and 24 Can owls see in the dark? How can they fly without making a sound? Give a hoot about owls and unravel their mysterious lives through hands-on activities and exciting games. Meet some of VINS’ owl ambassadors up close and make your own craft. Wrap up the afternoon beside a fire while drinking hot chocolate and eating an “owl pellet” snack. Dress warmly, as activities will take place both inside and out!
Earth Day Celebration – April 20 and 21 Join us as we celebrate Earth Day on April 20 and 21. The day will include DIY crafts, opportunities to learn more about how our decisions affect the environment, live raptor programs, and plant your own vegetable seeds to bring home!
VINS also invites visitors to explore its new Forest Exhibit, which captures the sights, sounds, and smells of a natural forest. Discover common trees in our area and how to identify them. Investigate the amazing diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects that call the forest home. Build with tree cookies, make a leaf rubbing, crawl inside an underground den, and explore all that our indoor and outdoor forests have to offer.