Vermont Institute of Natural Science

6565 Woodstock Road

About Us:

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science Entices and Excites People to Care for the Natural World. VINS' programs and services engage and instill in people of all backgrounds a desire to care for the wildlife and diverse natural habitats they encounter in their daily lives. 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.

VINS has been a leader in environmental education and wildlife conservation and care since 1972. We are known nationally for innovative natural science curricula and education programs for learners of all ages.


Lorna Tibbetts

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I loved the raptors! I drove an hour and a half to pay $15 to see about twenty birds. While the staff is amazing and does great work, it wasn't really worth the drive for me

Carrie Alyssa Houlihan

Monday, July 10, 2017

Very large and extensive center. They often have events that you can spend all day at and still feel like you want to go back again. Much of it is outside, so dress accordingly.


Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

Staff truly cares. Very large enclosures for the birds. If you go at feeding time (or anytime 30 minutes after) you'll learn a lot and get to see the raptors enjoy their snacks. Would love to visit more often if I lived in the area.

Scott Garren

Friday, July 21, 2017

Brought the grandkids to visit the raptor center and everyone enjoyed it thoroughly.

Alta Irish

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

They have a lot of variety of birds of prey. They rehabilitate injured and sick birds and if they are able to these birds are released back into the wild. They also have a common area where they have educational shows and answer any questions you may have. They have a building for younger children to go. VINS has a couple nature trails that people can use. I would definitely recommend this place.