Turkeys are sociable and curious birds who readily make friends with people of other species. Five turkeys share coops and foraging yards with other birds at VINE Sanctuary. Many wild turkeys also make use of the sanctuary, raising their young in the woods that we maintain as a wildlife refuge, where they are safe from hunters.
VINE invites the public to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving with us, celebrating and helping the turkeys and other animals at the sanctuary. Visit with turkeys and sanctuary residents as you volunteer to get our buildings and grounds ready for winter. Your labors will be rewarded with a sanctuary tour followed by vegan snacks with sanctuary staff.
This event is FREE and open to the public, but we do ask that you to RSVP at least one day in advance! Participants are requested but not required to bring vegan snacks to share with people or with turkeys.
What should I wear?
Wear sturdy boots or shoes that you won't mind getting dirty. Bring muck boots or rain boots if it rained or snowed the day before or seems likely to rain or snow that day. Wear clothes suitable for messy outdoor chores -- nothing that you would be upset to see get dirty or torn.
What should I bring?
Bring a refillable water bottle, so that you can stay hydrated. If you have (non-leather) work gloves or gardening gloves, bring those too. If you happen to have a shovel or a rake, bring that too, in case we don't have enough for everybody.
Can I help with the snacks?
Yes! Sanctuary staff volunteer their time to make or buy snacks for these events. If you can pitch in by bringing something vegan to share, that's always deeply appreciated!
Can I bring something for the turkeys?
Sure! Turkeys love fruits and vegetables of all kinds.
What will we be doing, exactly?
That will depend on the weather and on what we have been able to get done in preceding weeks. Certainly, we will be making sure that all coops and yards used by turkeys and their friends are all set for winter. That may involve raking, painting, cleaning, or helping to shift used bedding into new composting piles. We may also need to remove sticks, stones, and other obstacles from driveways, paths, and pastures.
Will we have a chance to meet the animals?
Yes! As you work, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with many of the more than 600 nonhuman animals living at the sanctuary. After the volunteering but before the snacks will be a sanctuary tour, during which you will meet more sanctuary residents. If you’re up for extra exercise, you can join the “afterparty hike” up to the back pasture, to meet even more cows, following the snacks.
Is this event child-friendly?
It can be! TELL US IN ADVANCE if you want to bring child younger than 13, and we will be sure to plan something appropriate for a child of that age to do.