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Forest Exhibit NEW! Forest Exhibit
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VINS new Forest Exhibit is an immersive experience with the sights and sounds, as well as smells, of a natural forest. Discover the common trees of our area and how to identify them. Investigate the amazing animal 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.
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Birds Are Dinosaurs Birds Are Dinosaurs Exhibit
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Are dinosaurs still alive today? Dig into the amazing story of how birds evolved from dinosaurs in our new exhibit. Through skeletons, life-sized replicas, and hands-on activities you will discover the adaptations acquired through 250 million years to make birds what they are. Your perception of the chickadee in your backyard will be forever changed.
The exhibit will run April to October 2016.
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Live Show Live Raptor Shows
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An unforgettable experience, VINS live raptor shows feature a selection of our resident ‘avian ambassadors’. Educational and fun, these presentations will connect you to the masters of the sky while you learn about their amazing adaptations and the critical role they play in our environment.
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Live Show Discovery Sundays
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Join us at VINS during Discovery Sundays to create, discover, imagine and have fun all at the same time. Explore your world through engaging, hands-on science experiments and investigations for inquisitive minds of all ages. From wheels, towers, and magnets to feathers, water and bubbles, you'll get an opportunity to delve into the world of science, technology, engineering and math.
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Feeding Time Feeding Time & Tour Schedule*
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Ever wonder what we feed all the different animals here at VINS? Or how we keep our residents healthy and happy? Join us at “Feeding Time” for an exploration of what we give to eat, how we prepare it and observe our residents eating their daily meal. From amphibians as small as gray tree frogs, to reptiles like our wood turtle, to birds as large as eagles, you’ll discover what it takes to care for all of these unique and wonderful creatures.
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*Schedule is subject to change. Please check the daily schedule for availability.
Raptor Raptor Enclosures
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Get up close to eagles, falcons, owls and more! More than 40 raptors call the VINS Nature Center home. These avian predators have sustained injuries and conditions that prevent them from ever living in the wild again. Our permanent residents are featured in exhibits at the nature center as well as in public educational presentations, serving as ambassadors for their species.
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Trails
Nature Trails
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There’s plenty of wildlife to see while exploring more than one mile of nature trails that
wind through the Nature Center’s rich floodplain forest. The new McKnight Trail* has a
hard-packed surface accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. The Laughlin Trail and Lingelbach Trail guide visitors along the Ottauquechee River, with views of Dewey’s Pond.
Our trails also connect to those at Quechee State Forest, so you can combine your walk at VINS with a hike to Quechee Gorge!
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*The McKnight trail conforms to ADA/ABA standards and is accessible for people using wheelchairs and strollers.
Nature's Playground Nature's Playground
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Test your skills of balance. Create something unique with tree cookies. Make your own special fairy house. Nature's Playground offers children of all ages the opportunity to run, jump, climb, build, play and overall have fun!
Rehab Rehab in Action
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This one way viewing window offers visitors a glimpse into the exciting world of avian rehabilitation. Our Wildlife Services team can be seen throughout the year providing treatment and care to scores of avian patients.
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Crawlspace Crawl Space
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Discover the wonders of Vermont’s natural world in this interactive exhibit featuring animal adaptations, bird songs and artistic silhouettes. Take a break in our reading nook or put on a play in our puppet theater. You’ll be amazed by what you learn in this exploration station.
Songbird Songbird Aviary
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Several species of native wild songbirds, including cedar waxwings, mourning doves and rose-breasted grosbeaks are housed in this special aviary. All of these songbirds have been treated by the VINS’ expert rehabilitators but are unable to be re-released due to injuries that inhibit their ability to survive in the wild.
Scavenger Scavenger Hunts
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Fun family activities encourage you to dig deeper into the natural world as you search for answers and explore the marvels of Mother Nature!
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