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Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

Wild Bird Rehab is Open
Accepting Calls Only
802.359.5000 x212
8am to 4pm

Make a Gift Today*

Thank you for your support and sharing our goals of connecting people to the environment and stewarding future environmental advocates.

Your contribution enables us to:

  • bring an engaging educational experience to all ages through private experience, field trips, school programs, nature camps, and community outreach;
  • rehabilitate and care for hundreds of birds each year;
  • promote environmental field research that changes the way we interact with our natural world.

To make a contribution, you can visit our secure donation website, mail a check, or donate in person at the VINS Nature Store.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Brooke Duffy at 802.359.5000 x229.

*Your donation is tax-deductible. Donations may not be applied towards a VINS Membership. If you are interested in becoming a VINS Member, visit

Or mail your gift to: VINS Nature Center, P.O. Box 1281, Quechee, VT 05059.

You can make multi-year or monthly pledges in support of VINS. Complete one of the following forms and mail your gift to: VINS Nature Center, P.O. Box 1281, Quechee, VT 05059.

Donating stock or other appreciated assets can provide you with significant tax benefits. For information on how to transfer securities, please download our Stock Transfer Instruction form. We recommend you speak with your financial planner or tax advisor for more specific information on how a gift of appreciated assets can best benefit you.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Brooke Duffy at or 802.359.5000 x229.

VINS welcomes corporate support and offers a wide range of corporate sponsorship opportunities. 

Many companies offer Employee Matching Gift Programs that multiply your individual contribution. Please ask your personnel or benefits manager if your company has a matching gifts program and about the forms you need to submit to qualify.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science Tax ID: 03-0231665

Explore the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Amazon Wishlist and become a vital supporter of wildlife conservation and education!

From essential supplies for animal care to educational materials that inspire a love for nature, every item on the wishlist plays a crucial role in sustaining VINS' mission. Your support ensures that the institute continues to provide a safe haven for injured wildlife, conduct impactful educational programs, and promote environmental stewardship.

Join the VINS community in making a difference—whether it's through providing nutritious meals for resident raptors, supporting educational initiatives, or helping maintain the facilities. By choosing items from the VINS Amazon Wishlist, you're not just buying products; you're investing in the future of our natural world. Get started.

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a philanthropic investment account established for the sole purpose of supporting the charitable organizations you care about, and provides an immediate tax benefit to you. You can donate to VINS through your DAF today.

How to Recommend a Gift to VINS:
Step 1: Request a grant distribution through your DAF sponsor.
Step 2: Provide your DAF sponsor with VINS’ EIN #03- 0231665.
Step 3: Indicate whether your gift is unrestricted or designated to a specific cause or program.

When you make a Donor Advised Fund gift, it’s possible that the sponsoring organization will not share your information with us.

If you’ve already made a DAF gift, send us a note at or let us know by filling out this form so we can make sure to thank you and ensure your gift gets where it’s intended.

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Does your employer match gifts from Donor Advised Funds?
Many donors don’t realize that their employers might match their gifts from their DAFs. This is an amazing way to increase the impact of your gift. Simply ask your employer if they match DAF grants.

Honor all sorts of occasions by making a gift in honor or in memory of someone. This unique gift is ideal for birthdays, holidays, weddings, or just about any occasion. You can also remember a loved one by making a special memorial contribution to VINS in his/her name. Memorials represent meaningful and thoughtful tributes. Please mail in your gift with a Commemorative Gift form or make a secure online gift:

The Soaring Society represents those who have demonstrated their loyal commitment to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science at the giving level of an annual gift of $10K and more, and shown their shared dedication to our mission to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Brooke Duffy at or 802.359.5000 x229.

Thank you to our donors who have helped VINS continue to SOAR to new heights.

By including the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in your estate planning, you can support VINS while making a tax-wise gift for the future. A bequest is a simple statement in your will that directs a gift to VINS. The most common bequest is an unrestricted gift of a specified dollar amount or percentage of your residual estate. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you or your legal and financial advisors to help with the appropriate language.

You may also work with your financial and legal advisors and VINS to consider a variety of charitable trusts or life income plans. These plans often offer a noteworthy combination of tax benefits, an income stream for the donor and a future contribution to VINS.

A gift of retirement funds or life insurance can be made simply by naming Vermont Institute of Natural Science as the beneficiary of an existing or a new policy.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science Tax ID: 03-0231665

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Brooke Duffy at or 802.359.5000 x229.

Donations to the VINS Nature Camp Scholarship Fund are always welcome. Scholarships are wonderful opportunities which give the children of families in need of support the chance to join our camp community.

If you would like to make a gift to support this important program, make sure to select the Camp Scholarship Fund option on the online donation form or please email for more information.

There are many other ways to support VINS aside from monetary donations, such as donating services, goods, and supplies. This is always a wonderful option and VINS is always in need.

Please email us at and ask what may be needed most.

We Rely on You

VINS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, wholly supported by memberships, admission and program fees, gifts, and grants. Donors will be listed in VINS Annual Report. VINS will not sell, trade, or share any donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. VINS Tax ID: 03-0231665.