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, Adventure Playscape, Nature Trails, and the amazing Forest Canopy Walk. Our indoor exhibits are open: Birds Are Dinosaurs and the Forest Exhibit.

Note: the Songbird Aviary is currently closed to the public. We are building a new and improved exhibit opening soon!

We highly recommend prepurchasing your admission tickets to avoid long lines at the welcome center. We welcome all walk-ins.

Masks are encouraged, but not required.

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

Wild Bird Rehab is Open
Accepting Calls Only
802.359.5000 x212
8am to 5pm

Visitor Programs

  • Raptors Up Close

    Raptors Up Close

    Weekends 11:00 AM*
    Join us as we explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors.

  • Raptors Up Close

    Raptors Up Close

    Daily 2:00 PM
    In this encounter you will explore the fascinating lives of raptors.

*Program will run 11:00 AM daily starting April 9.

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

Artist Exhibition – Margaret Lampe Kannenstine

APRIL 2 – JUNE 30 – View artwork by Margaret (Peggy) Lampe Kannenstine in the Neale Pavilion at the VINS Nature Center. Peggy is a local artist whose acrylic paintings and works on paper have been shown widely for decades and can be seen in many collections around the country.

Guided Bird Walk

MAY 25 – Ever wake to the dawn chorus of songbirds and ask what are they doing this early in the morning?  Want to get better at identifying birds by sight and sound? Join VINS for an early morning birding adventure through the forest habitats at the VINS Nature Center.  During this workshop, VINS staff will open your eyes and ears to the avian life around you and help you build the skills to start birding wherever you go. 

National Trails Day

JUNE 4 – On National Trails Day, trek through the VINS forest while hunting for fairies, a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world and to nurture respect for the environment. As you enjoy the VINS Nature Trails, keep an eye out for guest artist Kathleen H Peters. Observe as she creates a piece inspired by the beauty of our campus.

Shop the Nature Store

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