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Vermont Institute of Natural Science

6565 Woodstock Road

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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.


Ronnie Wetherington

Thursday, July 12, 2018
I want to be fair about this rating. While visiting in Vermont we decided to check out VINS as something to do. We drove about 50 miles. It was a scenic drive so no great loss. When we arrived we had expectations of seeing a much larger variety of birds since we have been to similar places. Maybe that was a mistake to expect. Once inside VINS main entrance the ticket cost "$15/ea" seemed a bit high but that's always debatable depending on what you get for your money. We made our way down the hill to where the birds were in display. I'm guessing approximately a dozen or so birds. There are activities that take place and some educational shows at scheduled times. However, being from the country the party I was with didn't see what we had expected. I do believe VINS is a good place for younger children to visit especially if they are from a city living situation. It would be a good field trip for elementary grade schools and/or youth camps. I am writing not just from my own single perspective but from the input of my adult friends who visited with me.

April Smith

Saturday, June 23, 2018
This place is amazing! So much to see, and I LOVE getting up close with the raptors! I learn so much. Great place for the whole family, and fantastic summer camps for kids. Great organization!

Silas Axtell

Friday, June 29, 2018
Went here with some friends and had a blast seeing all sorts of raptors and reptiles. Where else can you see a bald eagle up close?! Great way to spend an afternoon!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The passion to save,study and understand Raptor and other species of birds is remarkable. Entry fee of 15$+ is more. But since this institute receives next to nil from the governments it's ok. Nice informative presentation with live birds. It was exciting to see those majestic Raptors at close range. Lots of nature trails. On the way spend some time at the Dieche gorge.

Julie Fry

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
We stumbled upon this when visiting Woodstock. What an amazing place! The shows were great, our 7 year old got to ask tons of questions and the exhibits were interesting for everyone in the family.

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