Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee

Where is it at?

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Vermont Institute of Natural Science
6565 Woodstock Road
Tel: 802 359 5000


The VINS Nature Center is located just 1/4 mile west of the Quechee Gorge on Route 4. From I-89, take Exit 1 to Route 4 West.

Where are we going today?

The world is an amazing place, and it's even more incredible when you learn the history of it - which is why a trip to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a great place for kids to visit! It's a place where they can explore exhibits on the natural history of the planet, and even experience live shows!

Some of the exhibits at the institute are temporary, which means there is always something new to see the next time you visit! Each of the exhibits cover fascinating topics, so they will always be learning something fun.

Sometimes they might be coming face to face with those huge Ice Age mammals - the woolly mammoths! They might magically re-appear after being extinct for 10,000 years!

Perhaps kids might be exploring the connection between birds and dinosaurs? They might be exploring life sized replicas of those prehistoric creatures, as well as getting up close to actual dinosaur skeletons!

There are always fun, hands-on activities that kids can get involved with - it's a great way for them to learn!

One of the most popular features at the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences are the Live Raptor Shows! This unforgettable experience sees real birds of prey right before your eyes, when a trained instructor will teach you all about their role in the environment. You might just be amazed how much they are needed!

Let's not forget about the Discovery Sundays, where kids can imagine, create and discover until their heart's content! They can explore the world through engaging hands-on experiments which are great for their inquisitive minds!

We haven't even begun to tell you about the nature trails and feeding time for the resident creatures. There is almost TOO much fun and learning to be had!  A fascinating day out for the family in Vermont that will take you back tens of thousands of years!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$14.59
  • Children$12.50 (Ages 4 to 17)
  • Free Under: 3 years

When can we go?

10am open. 4pm close Nov - April. 5pm close rest of year

Closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas Day

Teachers corner

Students can enjoy hands-on learning through the field trips. There are a host of topics they can choose from, and they can learn more about natural sciences and explore the great outdoors!.

I'm Hungry!

There are lots of options for food in the area, so grab something before or after your visit!.

Any Top Tips?

Bring a pair of binoculars so you can try and spot any birds nesting!.

Doing our bit

Over 400 birds (including babies!) are cared for yearly and released to the wild again. They teach about protecting the environment, and practice what they preach!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility of the center - they will be happy to help!.

Baby Facilities

No daycare onsite, yet the babies love to see the birds too. They have a changing table in their restrooms..

Can I get one of those?

The Nature Store has lots of books on nature and bird watching for kids and adults, as well as creative learning toys and puppets! They also have handmade items, and lots of gifts and souvenirs to take home! .

More information

Why not enjoy a birthday party at the institute, .

What people are saying?

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    Excellent visit. Clean, good layout for everyone. Very informative, with beautiful birds. Trails are spectacular. Nature store had some fun stuff.

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    Hello; The hours are not correct for the Nature Center and Store. The hours posted are for the Nature Camp program. The hours of operation at the VINS Nature Center are:
    10am-5pm and we are open 7 days per week. Please edit your information Google! Thank you so much.

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    Largest collection of eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls that I've ever seen in one place. Wonderful exhibits, good programs.

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