Founded in 2006, Four Winds Nature Institute is a non-profit organization advancing the understanding, appreciation and protection of the environment through community-based natural science education. Four Winds strives to improve the quality of education by providing children and adults with meaningful opportunities to explore the natural world in their own schoolyard and neighborhood. Four Winds programs strengthen communities by bringing people together each month to learn and connect.
Four Winds offers natural science programs that help children and adults gain the background knowledge and science skills needed to understand the world around them. Four Winds’ programs involve each learner in exploring and investigating the local environment, making observations, asking questions, searching for answers, and making their own discoveries.
Our staff has extensive experience developing engaging, place-based, hands-on lessons that directly support national and state science standards (Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, VT Early Learning Standards). In addition, Four Winds integrates writing, math, movement and art into each workshop, reaching all styles of learners. We want people outside exploring, learning, sharing and caring about the natural world.