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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. 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

  • Reptile

    Reptile Encounter

    Daily 10:30AM
    Feeding Time

  • Raptor

    Live Bird Programs

    Daily 11AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM
    Raptor Encounters

  • Snowy

    Raptor Chats

    Weekends 12:45PM
    Guided Enclosure Tour

  • Feeding

    Raptor Feeding Time

    Daily 2:45PM
    Feeding Time

VINS Online Auction

OCT 4 – 26: With a goal to raise $12,000, these funds will support VINS’ environmental education, research and wildlife rehabilitation program, as well as the thousands of children, families, educators, adult learners and avian patients who benefit from them each year.

Hoots & Howls

OCTOBER 27 – Hoots and Howls is a full day, family friendly event. Each portion of the day is designed to be educational, nature-based, non-frightening, and fun! Together we will conduct science experiments, rediscover the magic of storytelling, and get up close to snakes, owls, skulls and bones.

Bird Feeding 101

NOVEMBER 4 – Feeding birds is a great way to attract color and life to your yard during the winter while helping wildlife at the same time. But how does one get started, what is the best type of food and how do you identify your backyard visitors? Come learn from the experts at VINS.