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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, 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.

What's Happening - Visitor Programs

  • Reptile

    Reptile Encounter

    Daily 10:30AM
    Feeding Time

  • Snowy

    Raptor Chats

    Weekends 1:15PM
    Guided Enclosure Tour

  • Raptor

    Live Bird Programs

    Weekdays 2:00PM
    Weekends 11:00AM & 2:00PM

  • Feeding

    Raptor Feeding Time

    Daily 2:45PM
    Feeding Time

Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy Walk

Bird Feeding 101

NOVEMBER 23 – Feeding birds is a great way to attract color and life to your yard during the winter while helping wildlife at the same time. But how does one get started, what is the best type of food and how do you identify your backyard visitors? Come learn from the experts at VINS.

Giving Tuesday

DECEMBER 3 – #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season after Thanksgiving! This international day of giving calls to the community to unite and give their best to something meaningful.

How to Start a Nature Journal

DECEMBER 7 – Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist and artist and opens up a world of beauty and discovery. Learn how to start your own Nature Journal and tap into your sense of curiosity.

Shop the Nature Store

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