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Hanover Vins Nature Center

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Located 20 miles from the Hanover Inn, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in nearby Quechee, Vermont, is dedicated to promoting understanding of the environment and local wildlife, and rehabilitating and releasing wildlife and birds. Families of all ages will enjoy participating in educational activities, programs, shows and camps designed for the wildlife enthusiasts, including scavenger hunts, nature trails and interactive exhibits.

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Educational programs, exhibits and live shows for adults, families and young kids.

Upcoming VINS Exhibits

The VINS Nature Center features a jam-packed event calendar filled with exciting activities and events. Check the website often for updates and new event additions.

Different VINS Exhibits

The VINS Nature Center is home to educational natural science exhibits and live shows. Explore Nature Nook Nature’s Playground, and Raptor Enclosures featuring more than 40 raptors.


What programs are available for families?

VINS plays host to the VINS nature camps, plus live raptor shows, and scavenger hunts. Special events and educational programs are held throughout the year. Reservations should be made two weeks before your visit.

What are the seasonal hours at the nature center?

November 1 to April 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; April 16 to June 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 18 to October 31, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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