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Teens & Adults
For Teens
Teen Volunteers
(June to August)

From environmental education and avian rehab to gardening and office support, volunteers are the lifeblood of VINS. Our message of environmental stewardship is more effective and reaches more people because of the special talents and generosity of this amazing group of people! Join our team this summer.
Baby Bird Feeders
(June to August)

Baby birds require a tremendous amount of care, sometimes needing to be fed every half-hour all day long! Share your love of young wildlife by helping the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation care for hundreds of baby wild birds each summer.
Leaders-In-Training
Nature Camp (June to August)

Share your passion for education and the natural world by volunteering with VINS Nature Camps. Learn environmental education teaching skills and gain experience leading as you inspire and empower the next generation to care for the environment.
For Adults
Though many organizations focus exclusively on kids and families, VINS embraces learning as a lifelong process that is necessary for an exciting, well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. VINS Adult Programs offer a wide variety of ways to engage with and learn about the natural world.
Activities
Outdoor Events
Explore the Upper Valley with VINS staff and others looking for outdoor adventures.
Workshops
Learn a new skill with VINS educators and outside experts.
Talks/Lectures
Hear from scientists and authors from the region and the world and engage in meaningful dialogue with your community.
Teacher Professional Development
Our courses support teachers in the implementation and practice of the Next Generation Science Standards. We explore the three dimensions of the standards through hands-on activities, sample lessons, class discussions and readings. The highly collaborative, participant-driven learning environment will give teachers a chance to learn from each other and to develop lessons that are aligned with the NGSS.
Volunteer Opportunities
From environmental education and avian rehab to gardening and office support, volunteers are the lifeblood of VINS. Our message of environmental stewardship is more effective and reaches more people because of the special talents and generosity of this amazing group of people!
Live Animal Presentations
Let us bring our traveling toolbox of environmental education right to your doorstep! VINS’ Traditional Outreach Programs feature "touchable” artifacts and live animals such as falcons, hawks, owls, vultures, snakes, and turtles. Our 45 to 60-minute programs are available onsite, or can travel within a 2.5 hour radius of VINS Nature center.
Programs may be custom tailored. Favorites include Raptor Encounters and Cold Blooded Critters (descriptions below).
Raptor Encounters
Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience.
Details
45 minute program
3 live birds
Class size: 75 max
$300; $275 non-profit
(discounts with additional programs)
$1/mile added for travel
Cold Blooded Critters
This program explores the characteristics of organisms with live reptiles and amphibians as the focus species. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials complete the experience as we explore the similarities and differences between these organisms. This first-hand encounter enables participants to explore the importance of amphibians as indicator species and the human population impacts on amphibian ecological systems.
Details
45 minute program
turtle, snake and amphibian
Class size: 75 max
$300; $275 non-profit
(discounts with additional programs)
$1/mile added for travel
 
 
 
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