Rachael Ray and John Cusimano visit Vermont Institute of Natural Science

first_imgThe Vermont Institute of Natural Science recently welcomed Food Network star Rachael Ray to the VINS Nature Center in Quechee. On Wednesday July 22nd, Rachael and her husband, John Cusimano, lead singer of the band The Cringe, visited VINS to film a segment for Rachael s popular television show, Rachael s Vacations.During their visit, Rachael and John were given a personal tour of VINS natural science exhibits, live birds of prey enclosures, and avian rehabilitation facilities by VINS naturalists. “Our staff was really impressed by Rachael s interest in VINS environmental education programs and rehabilitation work. It was an honor to have her and John choose the VINS Nature Center from among all the exciting visitor destinations in this region, and we appreciate the national media exposure she is giving us,” commented VINS president John Dolan.Rachael and her husband got an up-close look at a few of VINS resident raptors, including an American Kestrel, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Great Horned Owl. The celebrity couple also participated in one of the most important events held at the VINS Nature Center: the release of successfully rehabilitated wild birds. With guidance from VINS naturalists, they released five yellow-bellied sapsuckers to excited applause from onlookers.Rachael s Vacations will air the segment on VINS and the VINS Nature Center in early 2010. Rachael s Vacations takes Rachael and John across the country to discover how to “rough it” in style, showing viewers new ways to enjoy the outdoors, 21st Century style. From river rafting in Upstate New York, to waking up in a cozy Bed & Breakfast on a Vermont farm, Rachael uses her unique take on travel and lifestyle to offer fresh and affordable ways to enjoy the great American outdoors.Founded in 1972, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a non-profit, member-supported environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered in Quechee, Vermont. VINS mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment with a priority placed on making high-quality, compelling and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.Source: VINS. July 28, 2009 – Quechee, VT –last_img read more

Adventure Thirsty

first_img Photo courtesy of Staff at Wilderness Adventure Bald sunset Tree Climbing Photo courtesy of Staff at Wilderness AdventureI remember the question clearly. I was talking to a professor in my college years and we were swapping stories of outdoor escapades, interrupting each other with friendly one-upsmanship. On the wall above his desk hung a large framed picture of a fly fisherman standing ankle-deep in flowing water with his line half out and waving behind his shoulders.He paused to ask, “who got you into all of this, how did Mother Nature pull you in, what connects you to the natural world,” or more simply put, “why?” And I remember sitting there trying to think of a thoughtful response. His intentions were good but I was struck by the question. Their were plenty of small reasons, really sensations, as to why the natural world resignated with me; a cool breeze on a summer’s day, orange and yellow blossoms in the Autumn sky, or perhaps sleeping under an infinite sky filled with different planets.But I couldn’t put a cummalitive thumb on it, on “why?” And then, as I stuttered to poorly explain a jumble of an answer, a lightbulb flicked on and I realized that the question for me had never been why, but instead it revolved around why not?If their was no need for the trees, the aestetics and the leaves, what substitute for air would I breathe? If the morning sun forgot to rise, how could I fail to notice the darkened skies? And without a need to know more, to see whats behind every door, without this Adventure Thirst, then the question can be reversed; Why?I don’t remember what I told my professor thay day, but after our conversation I recognized my intrinsic “why-not” attitude towards the natural world, the satisfaction of something so simple embedded in complexity, and it opened a brand new appreciation for the world I live in. The question now stands for those of you with a wandering eye out the window, the weekend warrior, andthe air-breathers; Why Not?center_img Photo courtesy of Staff at Wilderness Adventure Flippin awesomelast_img read more