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VINS offers family night and adult night this weekend

Are those indoor games getting stale? Has Scrabble got your brains scrambled? Well, gear up and come outside with VINS this winter!

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science invites adults and children of all ages to enjoy the season outdoors. VINS has a full slate of events, including two very special evenings on the weekend of Jan. 26-27: Family Fun Night at the VINS Nature Center and Winter Wine and Dine at Marshland Farms.

On Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., families will enjoy the beauty of a crisp winter, moonlit sky while snowshoeing through the woods at the VINS Nature Center. Listen to legends of the night sky, create your own star map, and meet some of the animals that roam the forest at night. Family Fun Night is $8 for VINS members and $10 for the general public. Snowshoes are available for rent, but supplies are limited, so program participants are encouraged to bring their own. Please pre-register for this event by Jan. 25.

And on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 5:15-9 p.m., celebrate winter in Vermont and explore the natural world as we hike the trails at Marshland Farms under a moonlit sky. Learn how plants and animals survive the cold and discover some of the hidden secrets of the landscape with a VINS educator and Marty Banak of Wilderness Trails. Weather-permitting, we will do our exploring on snowshoes (available for rent from Wilderness Trails or bring your own). Then we'll head inside for a delicious three-course meal at the Quechee Inn. VINS is delighted to be working with Wilderness Trails and the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm to provide you with this enjoyable evening. The event cost is $40 for members and $50 for the general public. Please pre-register for this event by Jan. 23.

Visit or calling 802-359-5000 ext. 223 to register for both of these events. You can also check out our full schedule of events at the VINS website.