VINS Celebrates 50 Years

50 Year Anniversary

Press Releases

A festive year for VINS, with a series of fun events throughout the year.


Valley News

After 50 years, VINS continues to be a mainstay for tourists and residents alike.


The Quechee Times

The origin of VINS lies in a case to clean up the Ottauquechee River.


Woodstock Magazine

VINS has a long and successful history focused on environmental education.

News & Press Releases

VINS Receives Prestigious Recognition for Forest Canopy Walk

At its recent 50th Anniversary celebration, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science was honored with a first-of-its-kind recognition. Presented by Dr. Margaret “Canopy Meg” Lowman, VINS was given a Platinum Plaque from Mission Green, a new program whose mission it is to save 10 of the world’s most endangered forests by 2030 through the creation of canopy walkways.

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VINS Presents Artist Jennifer MaHarry

Fine art photographer Jennifer MaHarry channels her love of wildlife into images that capture the spirit of each subject. Jennifer’s work has appeared in major newspapers, magazines, museums, art galleries and international art fairs with notable celebrities collecting her work. Photographs are printed on archival papers — either 100% natural handmade or cotton rag, using archival inks, framed in solid wood frames.

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VINS Announces New Exhibit – Songbird Aviary

The new Songbird Aviary exhibit replaces the existing aviary with a larger space, with greater visibility, and includes enhanced interpretation to educate our visitors. The new space safely houses non-releasable songbirds native to Vermont. Small trees and shrubs planted for food and cover fill the space, along with a water area. Visitors may quietly observe the birds as they go about their lives.

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VT Nature Newsletter

Fall 2022 VT Nature

VT Nature

Fall/Winter 2022-23

VINS renews its commitment to the mission of environmental education for the next 50 years and beyond.

Vermont Nature Spring 22

VT Nature

Spring/Summer 2022

VINS remembers its past as it celebrates 50 years, and introduces a new afterschool program for outdoor learning.

Forest Canopy Walk

VT Nature

Fall/Winter 2021-22

At VINS, climate change compels us to educate our communities, and commit to reducing our carbon footprint.