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 – 4pm.

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.

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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."

VINS Nature Center Visitor

"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!"

VINS Nature Center Visitor

Artist Exhibition – Jeanette Fournier

JANUARY 10 – APRIL 30 – Jeanette is a self-taught artist whose watercolor paintings are inspired by her passion for and love of the natural world. She specializes in illustrative drawings and paintings of animals, birds and nature, which reflect a distinct and original style.

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Winter Wildlife Celebration

FEBRUARY 24 – Celebrate the wildlife of winter with a fun-filled day of family activities. The day includes forest fairy hunts, Forest Canopy Walk tours, and outdoor winter games.

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Birding for Beginners: An Introduction to Bird ID

FEBRUARY 27 / MARCH 26 / APRIL 23 – This 3-part virtual series is an introductory course and will focus on birding basics. Each session will be devoted to a different topic related to bird ID including an introduction to some of the most common species found in Vermont, birding terminology, recognizing field markings, body size, shape and silhouette, and bird calls.

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Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy Walk

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