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The Vermont Institute for Natural Science, or VINS, is a popular and well-loved destination year-round.
VINS takes injured animals from the wild and nurses them back to health. Some they are able to rehabilitate and let back out into the wild. Others become lifelong residents.
10-5 pm, 7 days
Adults $16.50, Seniors $15.50, College Students: $15.50, Youth (4-17): $14.50, Children 3 & under: Free Educators & Veterans: Receive a $2 discount
See birds! See owls, eagles, hawks, and more. The outdoor exhibit allows you to see the animals year-round. I always find it fun to see if I can find them. Some of them hide very well in their habitat.
See the birds at feeding time or being cared to help rehabilitate them. One morning I even got to talk to a worker cleaning the bird’s enclosure.
See a Predator of the Sky or Reptile Encounter Program where you can see the birds fly and learn about reptiles with hands on artifacts. I love the bird demonstrations and talks.
Walk the nature trails. In the winter, you can cross country ski or snow shoe. These trails connect with the Quechee Gorge too.
Pretend in the forest exhibit (cute dress up included)
See the dinosaur exhibit and find some fossils
In warmer weather play on the adventure playscape.
To see what’s coming up next check out their Calendar of Events.
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