Four Winds Nature Institute

Four Winds Nature Institute is a non-profit organization advancing the understanding, appreciation and protection of the environment through community-based natural science education and research. Four Winds staff members are educators and scientists dedicated to helping children and adults gain the knowledge and science skills needed to understand the world around them and the creative problem-solving and citizenship skills needed to protect it. Our programs encourage folks to learn about and explore nearby nature, connecting people to the natural world right in their own community.Smiling Nature Art


We believe people long for a healthy connection to the environment and to each other. Four Winds's community-based education programs bring children and adults together to explore the natural world. Through these programs, we are helping people of all ages make meaningful connections to nature. It is these connections that will nurture and fuel us all as we work together to address the increasingly complex environmental issues ahead of us.

Our Programs

     The Nature Program,    Knee High Nature,    K-12 Teacher Professional Development

2017-18 Nature Program Enrollment form
2017-18 Nature-based Play and Science Education Professional Learning Community in SoVT
2017-18 Nature-based Play and Science PLC in Plainfield NH

Our Online Book - NEARBY NATURE!

PHOTO CONTEST information! - enter to win!!


This Month's Workshops

Next Generation Science Standards and CCSS Alignment Overview

NGSS Samples: Teacher Resource Page and Volunteer Teaching Outline

Meeting with Classroom Teacher

Schoolyard Mini-grants

In the News

Nature Program graphic

Opening the Door to Discovery in Nature

Four Winds is a non-profit, 501 c 3 organization and your donations are tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Contributions may be sent to:  Four Winds Nature Institute, 4 Casey Rd., Chittenden, VT  05737 or you may choose to donate through PayPal by clicking the "Donate" button.

We are happy to announce that Four Winds can now accept stock donations. For more information, call Jen Brown at (802) 353-9440.

Your support of this work is greatly appreciated!

Another important way to support Four Winds is to become a Four Winds Nature Program volunteer in your community. Please check out the Information for Volunteers section of the website for more information or give us a call at (802) 353-9440.

Four Winds Nature Institute

4 Casey Rd

Chittenden, VT  05737

(802) 353-9440

Four Winds staff