Explore VINS

Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

Welcome to VINS

The VINS Nature Center is open daily from 10am – 5pm.

All outdoor exhibits are open: Raptors, Songbird Aviary, Adventure Playscape, Nature Trails, and the amazing Forest Canopy Walk. Our indoor exhibits are open: Birds Are Dinosaurs, Forest Exhibit, and Reptile Room.

We highly recommend prepurchasing your admission tickets. We welcome all walk-ins.

Masks are encouraged, but not required.

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 4pm Daily

Wild Bird Rehab is Open
Accepting Calls Only
802.359.5000 x212
8am to 4pm

"My daughter and I enjoyed our visit yesterday very much. You continue to do outstanding work to preserve the natural world and educate people about your mission. I was very inspired by all that I saw and experienced. I wanted to share a photo of the volunteer that inspired me with her kindness, wealth of knowledge, and expertise in the care and handling of the amazing birds currently on site."

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"A must-visit! Perfect for social distancing - very safe and still so much to explore! The bald eagles were the highlight...and

the birds-are-dinosaurs exhibit is extremely well done, and the canopy walk is gorgeous (and easy even with little children)."

VINS Nature Center Visitor

"Fun place to go to and take your kids, close encounters with some of the most iconic birds - bald and golden eagles, snow owls etc., canopy trail is really cool."

VINS Nature Center Visitor

"Wonderful place for a day trip! Educational and amazing! Great staff that are helpful and very knowledgeable."

VINS Nature Center Visitor

"Awesome place to visit! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the birds are beautiful. The new treetop walk offers spectacular views of the surrounding pond, and the tall tower is a little scary! Come prepared to wear a mask and follow the safety guidelines set by the institute. Staff is very dedicated to making your visit a safe one!"

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Artist Exhibition – Jennifer MaHarry

SEPTEMBER 3 – NOVEMBER 30 – Fine art photographer Jennifer MaHarry channels her love of wildlife into images that capture the spirit of each subject. Jennifer tries to show wild animals as individuals with nuanced personalities and emotions. She believes that the more people empathize with these creatures, the more they’ll be inspired to protect them.

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Artist Exhibition – Katie Roberts

DECEMBER 1 – FEBRUARY 28 – Artist Katie Roberts believes in raising awareness to the plight of specific species in need, and the dwindling global biodiversity and hopes to contribute to creating a better future for both through her art. She is in constant watch of the animals, plants and weather that made up the rugged landscape of Vermont.

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Eyeing the Stars

DECEMBER 14 – Journey into VINS’ new StarLab for an unforgettable experience. Immersed in a view of our night sky, we will overlay that vista with a map of the constellations and hear the story of Gemini and other figures from Greek Mythology.

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