Explore VINS

Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

Welcome to VINS

The VINS Nature Center is open daily from 10am – 5pm. All outdoor exhibits are open: Raptors, Songbirds, Adventure Playscape, Nature Trails, and the amazing Forest Canopy Walk. In addition, our indoor exhibits are open: Birds Are Dinosaurs, Reptile Room, and the Forest Exhibit. We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance.

Safety is Our Priority

Masks are required in all indoor spaces at the Nature Center, regardless of your vaccination status.

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

November 1 - April 15
10am to 4pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 5pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

Visitor Programs

  • Predators of the Sky

    Predators of the Sky

    Daily 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM
    Join us as we explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors.

  • Raptors Up Close

    Raptors Up Close

    Daily 1:00 PM
    In this encounter you will explore the fascinating lives of raptors.

  • Reptile

    Reptile Time

    Daily 2:00 PM
    Meet a turtle or a snake and learn how they got their adaptations.

Raptor photos by John Sutton.

Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy Walk

"My daughter and I enjoyed our visit yesterday very much. You continue to do outstanding work to preserve the natural world and educate people about your mission. I was very inspired by all that I saw and experienced. I wanted to share a photo of the volunteer that inspired me with her kindness, wealth of knowledge, and expertise in the care and handling of the amazing birds currently on site."

VINS Nature Center Visitor

"A must-visit! Perfect for social distancing - very safe and still so much to explore! The bald eagles were the highlight...and

the birds-are-dinosaurs exhibit is extremely well done, and the canopy walk is gorgeous (and easy even with little children)."

VINS Nature Center Visitor

"Fun place to go to and take your kids, close encounters with some of the most iconic birds - bald and golden eagles, snow owls etc., canopy trail is really cool."

VINS Nature Center Visitor

"Wonderful place for a day trip! Educational and amazing! Great staff that are helpful and very knowledgeable."

VINS Nature Center Visitor

"Awesome place to visit! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the birds are beautiful. The new treetop walk offers spectacular views of the surrounding pond, and the tall tower is a little scary! Come prepared to wear a mask and follow the safety guidelines set by the institute. Staff is very dedicated to making your visit a safe one!"

VINS Nature Center Visitor

Lens on the Wild: Photography Workshop

OCTOBER 17 – Designed for the beginner to intermediate level photographer, Photojournalist Rob Strong will be on hand to review camera functions and settings and assist participants in applying techniques to get the most out of their camera, maximizing results and improving wildlife photography skills.

Halloween at VINS

OCTOBER 30 – Join VINS for the day to celebrate Halloween. Our programs have a “Halloweeny” theme and include Scales and Serpents and Owls in Myth and Legend.

Hoots & Howls

OCTOBER 30 – Hoots & Howls is a family friendly event. Each portion of the day is designed to be educational, nature-based, non-frightening, and fun! Together we will conduct science experiments, rediscover the magic of storytelling, and get up close to snakes, owls, skulls and bones.

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