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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

Tip to Tail: The Art of Sketching Birds

SUNDAYS / JAN 26 to FEB 23 – Love birds? VINS has the class for you! Join this 4-week class to develop basic knowledge of bird anatomy and hone your observation and drawing skills.

Owl Prowl Wine & Dine

FEBRUARY 7 – 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.

Great Backyard Bird Count

FEBRUARY 15 – Enjoy watching birds at your feeders? Want to learn more about helping the birds in your community? Then put your bird watching skills to work at VINS as we celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Shop the Nature Store

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