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

Winter Storytime: Tales for the Season

JANUARY 18 – 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.

Winter Wildlife Celebration

JANUARY 19 – Celebrate the wildlife of winter at the VINS Nature Center with a fun-filled day of family activities! The day includes interactive guided tours, games, activities, crafts, and a campfire with refreshments.

Supermoon Snowshoe

JANUARY 21 – Come join us as we hit the trails for an evening of snowshoeing under the supermoon. Start the night in our StarLab, where you will be immersed under the night sky with the stars projected all around you

Shop the Nature Store

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