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, Songbirds, Adventure Playscape, Nature Trails, and the amazing Forest Canopy Walk. In addition, our indoor exhibits are open: Birds Are Dinosaurs and the Forest Exhibit. We highly recommend prepurchasing your admission tickets to avoid long lines at the welcome center. We welcome all walk-ins.

Safety is Our Priority

Masks are required in all indoor spaces at the Nature Center, regardless of your vaccination status.

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 4pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 4pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

Visitor Programs

  • Raptors Up Close

    Raptors Up Close

    Weekends 11:00 AM*
    Join us as we explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors.

  • Raptors Up Close

    Raptors Up Close

    Daily 2:00 PM
    In this encounter you will explore the fascinating lives of raptors.

*Weekend programs will also run Nov 26;
Dec 22- 24, 27-31; Jan17; Feb14-18

Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy Walk

"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

VINS After Dark

DECEMBER 18 – Explore the wintery wonder of the VINS Nature Center in a whole new way. Wander the Forest Canopy Walk by moonlight, taking a moment to stargaze from your perch above the treetops. Bring your own snowshoes (or borrow ours) and hike the forest trails, listening for owls and other nocturnal creatures. You won’t want to miss this special event!

Winter Homeschool Series: Cycles & Change

JAN 11, 18, 25, & FEB 1 – Join our Science Educators on Tuesday mornings for a four-lesson virtual series. Learn about the continuous changes in nature from water cycles to life cycles. This will include a 20-30 minute Zoom meeting, virtual and printable resources, and a virtual Google Classroom with activities and extensions.

Homeschool Day: Tracking & Animal Signs

FEBRUARY 8 – Join our Science Educators in person at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science for a hands-on exploration of tracking and other animal signs. Learn about the best places to find tracks, how to identify certain animals by their footprints, and where else to look for signs of animal passage besides the ground. We will be moving around for this lesson, but be sure to bundle up!

Shop the Nature Store

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