Explore VINS

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 (excluding the Spider Web). In addition, our indoor exhibits are open: Birds Are Dinosaurs, Reptile Room, and the Forest Exhibit. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

Safety is Our Priority

It is our priority to create a safe and comfortable environment for all our guests and staff. Face masks and social distancing are required, with no exceptions to this policy.

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 5pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

Visitor Programs

  • Raptors Up Close

    Raptors Up Close

    Daily 11:00 AM
    In this encounter you will explore the fascinating lives of raptors.

  • Predators of the Sky

    Predators of the Sky

    Daily 2:00 PM
    Join us as we explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors.

Raptor photos by John Sutton.

Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy Walk




Or Face Covering



6 Foot Minimum



Come Back Another Day

"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

Ogden’s 40th Birthday

Ogden, the turkey vulture, is turning 40 years old!  Join us for a Facebook Live Q&A and an in-person Meet & Greet* at the VINS Nature Center with one of VINS’s oldest animal ambassadors. We are so excited to celebrate Og and this milestone achievement!  Before being transferred to VINS in 2002 from Rapid City,…

Introduction to Birding

MAY 22 – 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 and culminating in the treetops on the Forest Canopy Walk.

Yoga in the Canopy

JUNE 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Welcome to a yoga class like you’ve never experienced before. Ascend into the treetops on the VINS Forest Canopy Walk and immerse yourself in the beauty of the early summer foliage. Expect a slow-flow class that will incorporate sun salutations, standing poses, balance poses, and brief meditation. All levels of experience are welcome.

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