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

Year of the Bird Photo Blitz

NOVEMBER 24 – Year of the Bird – Join VINS and World Story Exchange as we introduce you to the basics of wildlife photography and offer some up-close live animals as your subjects.

Homeschool Program: Stream Table and River Animals

NOVEMBER 28 – Stream Table and River Animals: Science, technology, engineering, and math exists all around us from constellations to streams to bird nests and beyond. Join VINS staff for a deeper dive into all things STEM during our new, seasonal Home School Program.

Eyeing the Stars

DECEMBER 13 – 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 the Gemini and other figures from Greek Mythology.