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Nature Center Hours

VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 4:30pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

Become a Volunteer

From environmental education and avian rehab to gardening and office support, volunteers are the lifeblood of VINS. Our message of environmental stewardship is more effective and reaches more people because of the special talents and generosity of this amazing group of people!

Turn your enthusiasm for the natural world into action!

A variety of opportunities are available year-round. Explore the possibilities below, and, if your interest is piqued, complete the Volunteer Application.

For more information, please call 802.359.5000 x221 or email volunteer@vinsweb.org.

Assist administrative staff with office duties such as general research, data entry, assembling educational packets, filing, bulk mailings, photo-copying and collating, and hanging special event posters in surrounding towns.

Share your passion for wildlife by assisting the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation with daily animal care, answering questions from public visitors, and helping with facilities maintenance.

Baby birds require a tremendous amount of care, sometimes needing to be fed every half-hour all day long! Share your love of young wildlife by helping the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation care for hundreds of baby wild birds each summer.

The baby bird feeder program is open to youth ages 10 to 17 with an adult mentor along side them for support during all shifts.

The program has an extended day of 8 am to 8 pm during the months of May to August.  We have split the day into three shifts 8 am to 12 pm; 12 pm to 4 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm - 7 days a week (4-hour shifts required).  We ask for commitment of one constant shift weekly with only 2 weeks out for the summer season.  This is a very intense program and we require a full commitment to get through the summer season.  We do have subs to help out with times that you need to be away.  We ask the adult mentor to cover for the child during the end of the school year and if the child is off at a summer camp.
We also welcome adults to participate in this program on their own!

Note: Training is required in order to volunteer as a baby bird feeder.

Can’t make a weekly commitment to volunteer at VINS? Then this position is the perfect way for you to share your love and concern for wildlife by assisting with field rescue and transport of birds that need rehabilitation.

Note: Training is required for transportation volunteers. Transportation times will vary, depending on the location of a bird rescue.

Assist in maintaining the facility through mowing, weeding, trash removal, and any maintenance-related tasks.

Greeting and orienting groups of visitors to the VINS Nature Center includes describing the campus and exhibits, introducing events and programs, and suggesting the benefits of membership and adopt-a-raptor programs. Also, meet and greet our guests during special events on the VINS campus and off-site.

Leaders-in-Training (L-I-T) Program for Teens

VINS’ Leaders-in-Training program involves teens in our camp program by offering the opportunity to work closely with children, peers, and adults in a fun, recreational setting while providing experiences for participants to develop their leadership skills. 

For more information visit our Leaders-in-Training page.

Share your passion for the natural world by engaging visitors to the VINS Nature Center. Docents are most active May through October, and are trained to interpret our Forest Canopy Walk, raptor exhibits, and trails using educational props.

After a year of service you may also be trained to work with live animals. Training and a commitment of 40 hours a year is required.

Are you passionate about education? The VINS School Programs team is looking for a part-time (once per week or once per two weeks) volunteer to assist with the following tasks:

General VINS School Programs:

    • Helping to make and gather teaching supplies 
    • Helping to put away teaching materials
    • Preparing all of the discount cards we hand out to schools
      • Photocopy, cut, label and organize for Science Educators
    • Helping to keep materials in the Education Closet organized

Field Trips:

    • Greet and orient groups for Explore VINS 
    • Helping to set up room, gathering materials, putting away materials and cleaning up room for Field Trip lessons
    • Helping to run a station for some of the Field Trip lessons such as Animal Adaptations