COVID Safety Policy

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 4pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 4pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

What's Open

Forest Canopy Walk
Raptor Exhibits
Song Bird Exhibit
Nature Trails
Adventure Playscape

Birds Are Dinosaurs
Forest Exhibit

Updated January 2022

Visitor Expectations

At the VINS Nature Center, it is our priority to create a safe environment for all our visitors, volunteers and staff. We ask all visitors to follow our COVID Visitor Expectations.

VINS will refuse entry to anyone who does not comply.

Travel Guidelines

There are no domestic travel restrictions or quarantine guidelines in place for Vermont.

International visitors, please be aware, there are requirements for international travel. To learn about international travel guidance visit the Vermont Health Department’s travel advisory webpage.

Mask Guidelines

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

Note: Our indoor exhibits are currently closed for public safety reasons due to Covid-19, including the Birds Are Dinosaurs exhibit and the Forest Exhibit.

*We are implementing our mask status based on recommendations from the CDC and the Town of Hartford, VT regarding public indoor spaces.

If You Are Sick, Stay Home

Please visit us another day if you are feeling sick.

Wash Your Hands

Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the VINS Nature Center for visitor use.


*We highly recommend prepurchasing your admission tickets to avoid long lines at the welcome center. We welcome all walk-ins. All programs, exhibits (including the Forest Canopy Walk) are included with general admission.

If you are a VINS Member, please show your membership card upon entry. To use an EBT Card (VT or NH), Medicaid Card, or your Library's VINS Membership Card, please show your card and purchase tickets upon entry.

Additional Safety Measures

Some exhibits have been modified to allow for one-way traffic flow through them.

What’s Open

Forest Canopy Walk, Raptor Exhibits, Song Bird Exhibit, Nature Trails, and Adventure Playscape.

Birds Are Dinosaurs Exhibit and Forest Exhibit.