Nature Exploration Kits for Rent

Who can use these kits?

OWCC’s Nature Exploration Kits are designed for youth groups, home schoolers, church groups, afterschool programs, 4H groups, Scouts, and classrooms. Activities are very flexible, and most can be adapted to work with one child, a classroom, or any size in between.

What is the cost and how long can I keep them?
Rental is $50, and you can keep it for 3 weeks. Longer rentals are on a case-by-case basis. Scholarships available.

What is in a kit?
We packed these kits with a ton of great stuff! They include books (guidebooks, fiction stories), games, DVDs and CDs, specimens, and a binder full of background information, craft ideas, and 8 – 10 detailed activities. Basically, we’ve provided nearly everything you need to help guide your child or group to explore the kit’s topic in great detail.

You can view detailed videos of the contents of each kit on our videos page.

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Backyard Birds
Explore bird behavior: bird calls and songs, diet, evading predators, and more, while getting to know our local feathered friends.
Topics include identifying local birds and bird songs, bird beak adaptations, feathers, and owl pellets.
2016-04-12 11.50.31_1_1  Insects and Other Creepy Crawlies
Learn how insects and other arthropods play important ecological roles, and see how some invasive species are threatening our forests.
Topics include food webs, Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle, bee pollination, arthropods, and beneficial insects.
 2016-04-12 11.11.52_1_1  Tree Detectives
Hone your identification skills as you explore Northeast trees and understand how they are vital to humans and wildlife.
Topics include leaf identification, parts of a tree, importance of trees, measuring trees, and reading tree cookies.
 mammals  Mammals in Your Neighborhood
Learn about local mammals while investigating track and scat “clues” and studying differences in pelts and skulls.
Topics include identifying mammals, local mammals, adaptations, scat, tracks, and skulls and teeth.
 2016-04-12 10.36.34_1_1  Batty for Bats
Realize that bats are amazing and important creatures. Understand why populations have dropped and how biologists are trying to help.
Topics include myths versus facts, anatomy, Vermont bats, White-nosed Syndrome, and echolocation.


Reptiles and Amphibians
Discover how our native frogs, lizards, turtles, and snakes use their fascinating adaptations to thrive in the Northeast.
Topics include reptiles versus amphibians, local species, adaptations, metamorphosis, sea turtles, and being cold-blooded.

How can I rent one?
Please use the kit reservation request form below and we will get back to you. If you have any questions about the program, contact us at [email protected] or 802-447-7419

Click here to apply for an OWCC Scholarship

Kit Reservation Request



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