Arts, Dining & Entertainment

VINS announces spring schedule, programs

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) welcomes the spring season by extending its open hours at the VINS Nature Center and offering new daily programs. Beginning April 1, the VINS Nature Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily live bird programs led by VINS’ environmental educators will resume with the spring schedule once the restrictions are lifted.

On the Nature Center campus, the public has access to the following VINS experiences:

Raptor enclosures – 17 habitats for many species of eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls

Wild songbird aviary – home to many species of native songbirds, former rehabilitation patients

Birds Are Dinosaurs – explore the journey of how birds evolved from dinosaurs

Forest Canopy Walk – elevate your perspective and experience the beauty of the landscape, and see the world from an eagle’s vantage point

Adventure playscape – a natural place for kids with elements for creative play

Nature trails – (including an accessible section for people with varying mobility levels) traversing several acres of forest along the wetlands of the Ottauquechee River

Nature store – field guides, nature-inspired gifts, science kits, educational books and more

All exhibits, trails, and daily programs are included in the price of admission to the VINS Nature Center, which is $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for seniors 62 and over, $15 for youth ages 4 to 17, and free for members and for children 3 and under. We require that you reserve your tickets in advance (including VINS members). Masks are to be worn at all times, no exceptions. The VINS Nature Center is ADA-accessible.

The VINS Nature Center is located at 149 Natures Way, in Quechee, Vermont.

For more information about the VINS Nature Center’s programs, activities, nature camps and events, please visit or call 802-359-5000.

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