The Vermont Institute of Natural Science presents Paddle and Picnic: A kayak tour to Gilman Island

QUECHEE, Vt. – The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) invites adventure-seeking adults, 21 and above, to join VINS naturalists and L.L. Bean instructors for a guided kayak tour on the serene waters of the Connecticut River on Friday, July 8, from 5:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.

Discover helpful paddling pointers and scout the shoreline for the diverse birds that call this river habitat home. Enjoy a savory, relaxing dinner outdoors on Gilman Island, and then watch the sunset on the paddle home. VINS is delighted to be partnering with L.L. Bean to provide you with a guided paddle, a delicious meal, and an overall beautiful evening on the water.

VINS Kayak Tour to Gilman Island is $60 for VINS members and $65 for non-members. Participants will meet at 5:00 p.m at the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School, Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave., in Wilder, VT. L.L. Bean will provide a kayak, personal flotation device (PFD) and paddling equipment. All participants are required to wear personal flotation devices when on the water with VINS-sponsored activities. In the event of severe weather, this event will be rescheduled for the following evening, Saturday, July 9. Please pre-register by Friday, July 1. Go to our registration link or call 802-359-5001, ext. 245. Visit our website for further details.

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The Nature Center at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science has been awarded the Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence and was voted Best Bird Exhibits in Yankee Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Best of New England 2014.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. VINS’ mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee Gorge, features state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, interpretive nature trails, onsite educational programs and the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. Through the Center for Environmental Education, VINS provides high-quality, relevant, hands-on inquiry science and place-based learning opportunities for students and teachers throughout the region.

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