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VINS celebrates 4th annual Winter Wildlife Celebration

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VINS celebrates the delights and wonders of the season in their annual Winter Wildlife Celebration, full of exciting, educational, nature- and winter-themed outdoor games and activities for all ages.

Now that deep snow blankets the landscape and below-zero temperatures chill trees, bones, and feathers alike, Upper Valley residents, visitors, and winter sports enthusiasts know that winter has really arrived. Despite the cold and snow, the folks at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) are still actively saving birds and serving up their education programs, as they do all year-round. And on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., VINS invites all of their neighbors to come and revel in the delights and wonders of the season at the 4th annual VINS Winter Wildlife Celebration.

Don't miss a fun-filled day of exciting, educational, nature- and winter-themed outdoor games and activities for all ages. From the Winter Craft and Story Hour for three- to ten-year-olds to a birding workshop for ages eleven and up, everyone will find plenty of activities to enjoy. Explore with VINS' knowledgeable educators the different types of local wildlife and how they survive in their winter habitats. Indoor games and crafts will keep you warm in between outdoor activities. Then relax by the campfire and enjoy some yummy refreshments. It's sure to be a great time for the whole family!

Winter Carnival will take place snow or shine, and all activities are included with general admission to VINS Nature Center.

VINS' Nature Center, including the Nature Store, is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with live bird programs on weekends and holidays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the winter season. For a detailed Nature Center schedule and the most up-to-date information about upcoming events and programs at VINS, please visit www.vinsweb.org.