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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

  • Wildflower

    Wildflower Walk

    Premieres May 25 at 12:30pm
    Facebook Video

  • Kestrel

    American Kestrel

    Premieres May 27 at 12:30PM
    Facebook Live*

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

Conservation & Birds in Vermont: Exploring Meadow Habitats

JUNE 12 – A meadow can be a hotspot for hundreds of species, from insects and birds to mammals, reptiles, and small trees. Learn about the flora and fauna in Vermont’s meadows and meet a live meadow-dwelling carnivore with Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Vermont Land Trust. We’ll also cover why it’s important…

Magnificent Mammals Day

JULY 11 – Join us for a day exploring the amazing lives of mammals. Discover the specialties of our furred cousins and find out how important they are to the natural world. In addition there will be hands-on activities and crafts all day long. It’s sure to be a magnificent day!

Incredible Insect Festival

AUGUST 29 – Welcome to the fascinating world of insects at VINS’ Incredible Insect Festival! Renowned insect expert Sam Jaffe will showcase a multitude of live caterpillars at The Caterpillar Lab. Have a fun day discovering the insects we share our planet with. through demonstrations, exhibits, games and crafts.

Shop the Nature Store

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

Curbside pickup is available:
MON - FRI, 10 AM - 4 PM