Arts, Dining & Entertainment

VINS announces winter hours

QUECHEE—With shorter days approaching, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science announces that it is open for winter hours, now through April 2. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be closed on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 and Christmas, Dec. 25. Winter is a special and beautiful time on the VINS Nature Center grounds. Their outdoor exhibits are open, as is the Birds Are Dinosaurs exhibit, and they offer snowshoes and scavenger hunts to get you out and enjoying the trails.

Through the winter, they will present the daily program Raptors Up Close. Join and explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors. Be amazed by these efficient predators in an engaging presentation featuring VINS’ feathered ambassadors. This program is outdoors.

VINS is headquartered in Quechee at the VINS Nature Center, 149 Nature’s Way. For more information about VINS’ educational programs, please visit vinsweb.org/education, and for school programs, vinsweb.org/school-programs. For more information about VINS, please visit vinsweb.org, and blog at blog.vinsweb.org, and Facebook and Twitter pages. For information about the VINS Forest Canopy Walk and our upcoming events, please see vinsweb.org.

The VINS Nature Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission pricing is as follows: adults $17.50; seniors, students and veterans $16.50; youth $15; and free for VINS members and for children three and under. All ticket purchases may be applied toward the purchase of a VINS membership. They offer $5 admission for EBT cardholders.

Masks are required for entry to the VINS Nature Center, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus. They recommend reviewing the Vermont State Travel Guidelines prior to your visit, and highly recommend guests purchase tickets on their website prior to arrival. All VINS programs follow state Covid-19 guidelines. Please note that while service dogs are always welcome at the VINS Nature Center, all other dogs must remain at home, and may not be left in a car in the parking lot.

The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation is open daily for intake of injured or orphaned wild birds. Please email [email protected] with any inquiries.

The Nature Store is open daily with limited access, and they invite guests to shop anytime at store.vinsweb.org. Tickets to the VINS Nature Center may be purchased in advance or upon arrival.

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