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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. 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

  • Turtle Time

    Turtle Time

    Daily 10:30AM
    Feeding Time

  • Reptile

    Reptile Encounter

    Weekends 12:30PM
    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

Small Wonders: Discoveries for the Season

MARCH 29 – What do insects do in the winter? What is it like to be a turtle? What can we see in the woods as winter turns to spring? Children and their families are invited to explore these questions and others like them.

Earth Day Celebration

APRIL 20 & 21 – Join us as we celebrate Earth Day. The day will include crafts, opportunities to learn more the environment, live raptor programs, and plant your own vegetable seeds to bring home!

Homeschool Program: Herps and Their Hangouts

APRIL 24 – Herps and Their Hangouts – Science, technology, engineering, and math exists all around us from constellations to streams to bird nests and beyond. Join VINS staff for a deeper dive into all things STEM during our new, seasonal Home School Program.

Forest Canopy Walk

New Exhibit Coming Fall 2019!

Shop the Nature Store

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