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.


Marc Bachofner

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

A great institution caring for injured birds. We learned a lot. Check out the times of the shows, they are cool. The people working there are very friendly, knowledgeable and enjoy their work. Seeing big raptors like the bald eagle up close is also cool.

Rachel Alberico

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

They do great work, it's a really interesting and unique experience. Be sure to get there in time for their demonstrations and feeding times, and plan some extra time to explore their nature trails.

Jessie Scott

Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017

Really neat place with beautiful rescued birds. The demonstrations with the birds are really fun and informative and offer a closer look. The staff are enthusiastic and definitely care about the birds and educating the public about natural science.

Lorna Tibbetts

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Really impressed with the work they do. Fantastic educational programs. The raptor exhibit is a real wonder.

Jacqueline Boyd

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Fantastic rewarding experience. Very much worth the 2.5 hr drive. I'm so Thankful for their rehabilitation/care of injured, sick, or birds that can't be released into the wild, and the educational aspect.