Register for VINS summer nature camp

REGION – The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) 2017 Summer Nature Camp schedule is now online and open for registration. With limited availability, planning ahead is the best way to secure a place for your child in these fun and educational programs, in which children have a chance to spend a week immersed in hands-on nature adventures.

This summer, VINS will offer an additional overnight camp, Natural Leaders, at the VINS Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve in Washington, Vt. We had much success with the two overnight camps that were launched last year at this same wilderness site. Located on 327 acres of diverse wetlands, forests, and fields, each overnight camp runs for one week. The first session will involve a field study expedition that hones campers’ research skills while developing an appreciation for biological diversity and natural ecosystems. The second session focuses on outdoor survival skills and human interaction with nature. Finally, the third week of overnight camp, which we are introducing this summer, challenges campers to step into the role of an outdoor leader by serving as Trail Leaders for the day, helping the staff to lead a hike or a work crew including how to plan the route, pack the food, and look out for the group.

Nature Camps for children in pre-kindergarten through grade eight are currently available at four locations in Vermont and New Hampshire: VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vt.; ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Gallery in South Pomfret, Vt. (formerly Purple Crayon Productions in Woodstock, Vt.); VINS’ Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve in Washington, Vt.; and Storr’s Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, N.H.. All sessions will provide campers with the opportunity to explore n

Many camp sessions will fill up quickly, so sign up today! Photo provided

ature through interactive activities and outdoor investigations.

Many camp sessions, like those below, will fill quickly, so sign up early to secure enrollment for your child:

Survival Adventures provides a great opportunity for young outdoor enthusiasts to build proficiency in basic self-reliance and teamwork skills in a fun environment.

Advanced SOAR gives campers the opportunity to delve deeply into the world of raptors, a special camp theme only available at the VINS Nature Center.

Natural History Mysteries fill the day with diverse themes, eco-quests, and scavenger hunts through the forest — campers will become nature detectives and solve a natural history mystery every day.

VINS believes all children should have the opportunity to experience VINS Nature Camp, and, therefore, provides camp scholarships to families in need of support. If you would like your child to experience the joy of outdoor exploration and discovery that VINS’ camp programs offer, but the cost does not suit your budget, please inquire about these discounts. Scholarships for the 2017 camp season have been made possible through the generosity of the Seventh Generation Foundation and the Horne Family Foundation.

For more information about VINS Nature Camps, for online registration, to download a scholarship application, or to become a VINS member, please visit or call 802-359-5000, ext. 223.

Stay connected with VINS through our website, our nature blog at, and our Facebook page.

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