According to educators at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, a great hike should be a workout for your body and your brain. That's why the Quechee nature center now offers a number of free Discovery Packs that families can sign out when they visit. Each pack — donated by Hubert's Family Outfitters in Lebanon, N.H. — is filled with field guides, storybooks, learning activities and interactive games that address themes such as trees, insects, birds and animal tracks. "We want to get [kids] out exploring nature," says Jenna Gersie, a VINS AmeriCorps member, and that's a mission easily accomplished at the center. In addition to nature trails, VINS also offers wildlife exhibits, public animal-feeding times and daily live-raptor programs.
Smugglers' Notch, VT
Smugglers’ Notch Vermont, America’s Family Resort is internationally recognized as a leader in children’s programs! Recently voted the #1 Kid-Friendly Resort in the East, this Summer, Smugglers’ is inviting Vermont kids to experience supervised programs in the Green Mountains with fun and adventure at the core! Four unique tracks are…(more)