Join VINS on April 21and 22 for an all-weekend celebration of our planet this Earth Day! In conjunction with Earth Day we are celebrating the Year of the Bird, to mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so come to the VINS Nature Center to learn how you can be “bird-friendly & planet-friendly” in your daily life. Simple changes around your house or yard can be bird-friendly and better for our climate. Explore the habitat needs of local animals by building “fairy houses” for them in the woods. Take a guided hike down to the famous Quechee Gorge and marvel at millions of years of geological change. Meet some of our resident raptors and reptiles up close, and learn what you can do to help these majestic creatures thrive in their environments. Earth Day Celebration's Schedule of Events (Saturday & Sunday) 10:00am-4:00pm VINS Earth Day Mini-BioBlitz! 10:30am-10:45am Songbird Feeding Time 10:30am-4:00pm Fairy Houses: Create a Critter Habitat! 11:00am-11:45am Raptor Encounter 12:00pm-12:30pm Vernal Pool Investigation (Sunday Only) 12:30pm-1:30pm Geology Hike to the Quechee Gorge 1:00pm-2:00pm Nature Illustration Workshop 1:30pm-2:00pm Raptor Chats Enclosure Tour 2:00pm-2:45pm Raptor Encounter 2:45pm-3:15pm Raptor Feeding Time 3:00pm-5:00pm Movies: Pelican Dreams and The Loons on Golden Pond (Sat. Only) 3:30pm-3:45pm Reptile Encounter If you are planning to join us for the Gorge Hike please wear sneakers or sturdy shoes. Feel free to bring a picnic and spend the day with us!