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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.

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

Accepting injured birds
8am to 4:30pm daily
802.359.5000 x212

What's Happening - Virtual Events

  • Campfire

    Campfire Stories

    Fridays at 3:00PM
    Facebook Video

  • Falcons

    Fantastic Falcons

    Premieres April 10 at 12:30PM
    Facebook Live*

  • Naturalist Tour

    Naturalist Walk

    Premieres April 13 at 12:30PM
    Facebook Video

  • Canopy Walk

    Forest Canopy Walk Tour

    Premieres April 15 at 12:30PM
    Facebook Video

*Live videos will be available to watch after their live stream date.

Owl Festival

MAY 23 & 24 – Calling all owls and owl lovers! Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, create adorable crafts, get your face painted and delight in delicious food.

NestWatch Training Workshop

MAY 23 – Come to VINS to learn about NestWatch, a citizen science project, and help study nesting birds in your own backyard in your free time! VINS is Vermont’s first official NestWatch Chapter, and we are excited to share with you the protocols and practice of monitoring nesting birds, so YOU can contribute to scientific knowledge. 

Forest Canopy Walk – Summer Celebration

SAVE THE DATE! Join us for our spring/summer season kick-off on Saturday, June 13. Take a playful journey high into the trees to find unexpected gifts of a wild forest.

Shop the Nature Store

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