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Welcome to VINS

We look forward to welcoming the public back to our site on June 15. We will be open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm. It is our priority to make sure the well-being of our guests and our staff is safe and comfortable. Your safety is our priority!

View Our Safety Requirements

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, including our new Forest Canopy Walk. 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.

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 4:30pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

What's Happening - Virtual Events

  • Raptor Encounter

    Raptor Encounter

    Meet a Variety of
    Different Raptors

  • Pitfall Traps

    Pitfall Traps

    Learn How to Build Your
    Own Pitfall Trap

  • Kestrel

    American Kestrel

    Learn About Kestrels
    Amazing Adaptations

  • Stargazing

    Stargazing

    Learn About Constellations
    in the Night Sky

VISIT THE NATURE CENTER SAFELY

1-wear-masks

WEAR A MASK

Or Face Covering

2-social-distance

SOCIAL DISTANCE

6 Foot Minimum

3-go-home

FEELING SICK?

Come Back Another Day

Shop the Nature Store

Visit our online store for t-shirts, hats, books, bird guides, and more!

Curbside pickup is available:
MON - FRI, 10 AM - 4 PM