Explore VINS

Welcome to VINS

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research, and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus features state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, classrooms, and interpretive nature trails. VINS places a priority on bringing high-quality, compelling, and engaging education programs to people at the Nature Center, in the community, and in schools throughout the region.

What's Happening - Visitor Programs

  • Talk to Trainer

    Live Bird Programs

    Daily 11AM & 2PM
    Raptor Encounters

  • Songbird Feeding

    Songbird Feeding Time

    Daily 10:30AM
    Feeding Time

  • Feeding Times

    Raptor Feeding Time

    Daily 2:45PM
    Feeding Time

  • Raptor Chats

    Raptor Chats

    Weekends 1:30PM
    Guided Enclosure Tour

Global Big Day

MAY 5 – How many birds can be seen in one day? That’s the question that drives a ‘big day,’ a 24-hour birding binge that is a fond tradition among naturalists. On May 5, VINS will join more than 20,000 others and become a part of the Global Big Day!

Raptors in Focus: Photography Workshop

MAY 6 – Join local photojournalist, Rob Strong, for an exclusive photo shoot with four of our resident raptors that will leave you with stunning pictures and great memories.

Behind the Scenes Tour

MAY 13 – On this exclusive behind the scenes experience you will discover the steps it takes to rehabilitate and release hundreds of wild birds. Meet some of our current patients, the rehabbers that take care of them, and hear a story of one of our permanent residence education raptors.