Visit the VINS Nature Center

Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 5pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

General Admission

Adults: $17.50

Seniors (62 plus): $16.50

College Students: $16.50
(ID Required)

Educators & Veterans: $16.50

Youth (4-17): $15.00

Children 3 & under: Free
VINS Members: Free


It is our priority to create a safe and comfortable environment for all our guests and staff. Face masks and social distancing are required, with no exceptions to this policy including those vaccinated. 

Planning to visit us from outside Vermont? Please check Vermont Cross State Travel Guidelines for information regarding your county of origin to act accordingly.



Or Face Covering*



6 Foot Minimum*



Come Back Another Day*

Visit the VINS Nature Center*

General Admission Tickets

Admission tickets are not date-specific and may be used any day.  There is no deadline. 

*We require that you reserve your tickets in advance. All exhibits (including the Forest Canopy Walk) are included with general admission. If you are a VINS Member or plan to use an EBT Card, Medicaid Card or Library Pass, please show your card upon entry to the Nature Center.

All outdoor exhibits are open: Raptors, Songbirds, Adventure Playscape, Nature Trails, and the amazing Forest Canopy Walk (excluding the Spider Web). In addition, our indoor exhibits are open: Birds Are Dinosaurs, Reptile Room, and the Forest Exhibit.

Book a Private Raptor Encounter (available in-person or virtually).

Shop outdoors at our Nature Store, or visit us online at

Please dress to be outdoors for your visit.

Ogden, Turkey Vulture

Ogden’s 40th Birthday

Birding Workshop

Introduction to Birding

Yoga in the Canopy

Yoga in the Canopy

We offer relevant environmental education programs for adults, families, and school children; partner with leading conservation organizations to promote environmental science field research; and operate New England’s premier avian wildlife rehabilitation clinic at the VINS Nature Center.

The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation continues to receive injured birds from 8:00am – 4:30pm daily. Please call to alert staff that you are bringing an injured bird at 802.359.5000 x212 or after hours x510.


The VINS Nature Center campus is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Spend some time on our nature trails - the McKnight Trail and the Forest Canopy Walk are ADA-accessible, allowing visitors of all abilities and ages to experience the outdoors and get eye level with the treetops.

Pet Policy

The VINS Nature Center does not allow dogs on campus. Dogs are permitted only in the parking lot and must be on a leash. As required by the ADA, trained service animals may be admitted because of a disability. Please do not leave your dog unattended in your vehicle.

Forest Canopy Walk

Forest Canopy Walk

Group Rates*

Your library, tour bus, club, or organization may qualify for our discounted group rate; $12.50 Adults and $10.50 Youth. The size of a group qualifying for the discounted rate ranges from 12-200 people. Group rates include admission and a live animal program.

For questions or to register, please contact us at 802.359.5000 x221 or fill out the Contact Form.

*EBT and VINS Library Memberships do not apply to group admission.

EBT Program*

VINS is committed to offering quality environmental education experiences to all, regardless of financial ability. Because we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of our Nature Center, we offer reduced admission to those who need it most.

  • By showing your EBT card you can receive $5 admission per person in your household.
  • By showing your Medicaid card you will receive $5 admission.

*Please call the Nature Store at 802.359.5000 x201 to purchase your admission tickets.