Feb. 20 – 21 — QUECHEE — Join the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) for its annual Owl Festival on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate all things owls! They will have a live bird program focusing on owls and their calls and adaptations, as well as an owl movie, crafts, science experiments and many other hands-on activities to help you understand these mysterious birds. A campfire will be roaring throughout the afternoon. Stop by, spend the day and wrap up the afternoon listening to owl tales around a fire while drinking hot chocolate and snacking on s’mores. All Owl Festival activities are included with the price of admission to the VINS Nature Center.
VINS also welcomes families to this season’s second Family Owl Prowl on Friday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Join a VINS educator to discover the secretive and exciting life of these wild nocturnal creatures. Begin the evening by meeting one of VINS’ resident owls and learning common owl calls, then snowshoe into the habitat that these birds call home and, perhaps, hear the call of a wild owl. Dress warmly, a headlamp is recommended. Limited snowshoes are available at the Nature Store. This program is $8 for VINS members; $10 for non-members. Registration is requested by Feb. 18.
For more information, visit www.vinsweb.org or call 802-359-5001, ext. 223.