Raptor Encounters – Thursday, July 31 at 1

Join us Thursday as the VINS NATURE CENTERsearch presents Raptor Encounters: Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience.

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Local Art Show on Display for July

Don’t worry if you missed the opening reception for our local art show; the exhibit will stay up for the month of July and is dedicated to the memory of Anne Parham-Brown, Howard Weeks and Gloria Pearl, fellow artists who shared their unique visions and love of art with us last summer.  The show was organized by Ellen Chase and the reception was thanks to Cindy Hendrick.

Mariposa Museum – The Story of Chocolate

Join us Thursday, July 10 at 1pm for The Story of Chocolate as presented by Peterborough’s Mariposa Museum.

Explore the Story of Chocolate with a new program celebrating the opening in July of the Mariposa Museum’s “World of Chocolate” exhibition!  Examine a living cacao tree, enjoy a Mayan legend about the theft of chocolate from paradise, and take part in a chocolate-making demonstration.  While we wait for our home-made chocolate to temper (or crystallize), younger children can create a paper craft illustrating the origins of their favorite chocolate treat, and parents and older kids are invited to learn where the cacao tree grows, how the beans are processed, and what the “organic” and “fair-trade” designations mean in the world of cocoa.  Everyone will have an opportunity to taste raw cocoa nibs, imagine whether or not they would have enjoyed the original Mayan or Aztec drink, and sample a modern version of Mexican spiced hot chocolate.  Kids will leave knowing that chocolate really does grow on trees!