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Visit Our New Forest Canopy Walk!

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, including our new Forest Canopy Walk. 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

  • Reptile

    Reptile Encounter

    Daily 10:30AM
    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

Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy Walk

Artist Exhibition – Jeanette Fournier

JAN 7 – MAR 31: Jeanette Fournier is a wildlife artist whose work is inspired by nature, particularly the northern mountain areas of New Hampshire and Vermont. Her artwork of animals, birds and nature comes from a passion for and love of the natural world. Jeanette’s artwork will be on display at the VINS Nature Center through March 31.

Winter Forest Fairy Hunt

FEBRUARY 22 – 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!

Owl Prowl Wine & Dine

FEBRUARY 28 – Join a VINS educator to discover the amazing life of our wild nocturnal residents while snowshoeing through the woods of the VINS Nature Center. Afterwards, dine at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms.

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