Explore VINS

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

Eyeing the Stars

DECEMBER 13 – Journey into VINS’ new StarLab for an unforgettable experience. Immersed in a view of our night sky, we will overlay that vista with a map of the constellations and hear the story of the Gemini and other figures from Greek Mythology.

Winter Forest Fairy Hunt

DECEMBER 15 – Even in the winter, there is always something to see in the woods. Connect with the natural world by exploring the VINS trails and learning forest facts while searching for fairies!

Winter Storytime: Tales for the Season

DECEMBER 21 – Children and their families are encouraged to join VINS for a read-aloud story series. Programs will feature a picture book read aloud by one of our educators, a craft and a live animal encounter.

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