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Visit Our New Forest Canopy Walk!

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.

What's Happening - Visitor Programs

  • Reptile

    Reptile Encounter

    Daily 10:30AM
    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

Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy Walk

Nature Camp Registration Opens

DECEMBER 15 – Registration opens for VINS Nature Camp – Our mission is to help young people develop the life skills necessary to be a positive force for their community and the environment. Sign up today!

Bird of Prey Film Screening

DECEMBER 28 – VINS is thrilled to bring Bird of Prey, the Award-Winning Documentary from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to Upper Valley audiences this holiday season. The film includes stunning natural history footage of the critically endangered Great Philippine Eagle.

VT Day – $5 Admission

JANUARY 5 – Join us for VT Day at the VINS Nature Center. VINS is offering a special for $5 admission for Vermont residents – take in a live bird program, visit our special exhibits and enjoy the day! 

Shop the Nature Store

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