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Birds Are Dinosaurs Educator Manual

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is excited to invite you and your students to an exciting new exhibit: Birds Are Dinosaurs. This exhibit is unlike anything that has been offered in the Upper Valley. It is based upon the newest research and fossil discoveries, and guides visitors on a walk through time from the rise of dinosaurs, through four great mass extinctions, and on to the evolution of birds.
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Educator Information Sheet
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The Educator Manual contains background information describing the latest finds in Paleontology that have changed our understanding of dinosaurs, information about the exhibit, and questions you might ask your students as they walk through time.
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Educator Manual
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NGSS
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.
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Location:
VINS Nature Center, Quechee, Vermont
Lead Instructor:
Hannah Putnam, M.Ed., Director
Center for Environmental Education
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
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eModules from Hands-On Nature

eModules, from the popular book, Hands-On Nature, provide information and activities to assist educators and parents in exploring the local environment with children. The eModules are based on themes (Adaptations, Cycles, Designs of Nature, Earth and Sky, Habitats), with fact-filled essays, followed by field-tested, experiential activities that engage students in learning about the natural world.
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With complete instructions and background information for teaching natural science units, and scientifically accurate drawings illustrating each topic, these easy-to-use, beautifully illustrated, up-to-date environmental education eModules will enable novice leaders to teach nature subjects successfully and offer creative new approaches for experienced educators.
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To purchase, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 802.359.5000 x228.
Hands-On Nature
Information and Activities for Exploring
the Environment with Children
Edited by Jenepher Lingelbach and Lisa Purcell
Illustrated by Susan Sawyer

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This popular book provides information and activities to assist educators and parents in exploring the local environment with children. Hands-On Nature includes more than 40 natural science units grouped around five themes: Adaptations, Cycles, Designs of Nature, Habitats and Earth and Sky. This up-to-date, easy-to-use environmental education handbook both enables novice leaders to teach subjects successfully and offers creative new approaches for experienced educators.

To purchase, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 802.359.5000 x228.
Small Wonders
Nature Education for Young Children
By Linda Garrett and Hannah Thomas
Illustrated by Hilary Elmer


Small Wonders introduces children ages 3 through Kindergarten to the natural world. Based on a hands-on educational approach, children learn about their environment by seeing and doing. This is a great resource for anyone working with young children.

To purchase, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 802.359.5000 x228.
Environmental Learning for the Future™
Teaching Kits
Environmental Learning for the Future™ (ELF) teaching kits are self contained modules used for teaching environmental science subjects. Kits include curricula and interactive teaching materials ideally suited the subject matter at hand. Schools interested in receiving specialized training in the use of these kits should contact our School Programs Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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ELF™ Kits address the following topics: Habitats, Cycles, Adaptations, Designs of Nature, Earth and Sky. (PDFs linked to each bolded title)
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Environmental Learning for the Future™ (ELF) is widely recognized as the Vermont Institute of Natural Science’s (VINS) award-winning environmental education program designed for elementary-aged children and taught by parents and other community volunteers. Environmental Learning for the Future™ (ELF) also encapsulates VINS’ philosophy for delivering environmental education programs that serve the ever changing needs of today’s schools. VINS continues to develop innovative environmental education programs and partnerships that connect children, families, and adults alike to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Environmental Citizenship Kits
Environmental Citizenship teaching kits include curriculum guides and teaching materials especially designed for middle and high school teachers and students.
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The following kits are available to rent:
  • Atlantic Salmon & Trout: A watershed wide view
  • Bobcats: Predators in a changing landscape
Please contact our School Programs Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for fees and availability.
Water Quality Testing Kit
Provided by the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
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This self contained water quality testing kit includes everything you need to assess the physical and chemical parameters of your local stream or water body. The kit includes: tests and instruction guides for dissolved oxygen, nitrates, temperature and pH; supplemental curriculum materials; and information about the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
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Free professional development programs available with the Water Quality Testing Kit.
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Please contact our School Programs Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for fees and availability.
 
 
 
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