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

Birds & Board Games

JANUARY 31 – Join VINS for an evening of board games, popcorn, and predatory birds! Bring a friend or meet a new one and enjoy a science-themed night of strategy and cooperation, while getting a chance to meet a few of our education ambassador birds.

Owl Prowl Wine & Dine

FEBRUARY 1 – 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.

Winter Forest Fairy Hunt

FEBRUARY 9 – 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!

Shop the Nature Store

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