Vermont logo

Quick Links: Contact Us - Events - Fantasy Weekends - Search - VT Auctions - The Vermont Country Store


Find Towns Alphabetically or by County

Top Picks
- Foliage Guide
- Summer Guide
- Winter Guide

- Alpine Skiing
- Antiquing
- Biking
- Camping
- Foliage Guide
- Golfing
- Hiking & Backpacking
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Canoe/Kayak
- Nordic Skiing
- Sleigh Riding
- Snowmobiling
- Snowshoeing
- Winter Carnivals

Places to See
- The Arts
- Breweries & Wineries
- Factory Tours
- Farms
- Historic Sites
- Miscellaneous
- Museums/Libraries
- Nature
- Over The Border
- Resorts

Fantasy Trips/ Vacation Deals
(by season)
- Year Round
- Summer
- Fall
- Winter
- Spring

(by type)
- Biking
- Canoeing & Kayaking
- Crafting
- Fishing
- Golf
- Hiking
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Horseback Riding
- Miscellaneous
- Romance
- Skiing

- Abenaki
- Biographies
- 18th Century
- 19th Century
- 20th Century
- Societies/Orgs.

General Guides
- Misc. Guides
- VT Trivia Challenge!

Other Resources
- Advertise
- Contact/Add a Link
- Bookstore
- Events
- Home
- Search
- Statewide
- Vermont Photos


Virtual Vermonter - Vermont Institute of Natural Science


The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) was begun in 1970 as a bird banding station. Today they've matured into something much more, engaging in ecological research, monitoring wildlife populations and putting on workshops and educational programs like Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF), which brings the natural world to some 13,000 Vermont and New Hampshire school children each year.

They currently operate out of three locations in Woodstock, Montpelier and Manchester, although it is the Woodstock location that gets the bulk of the visitors each year. In addition to its 78 acres of nature trails and exhibits, the Woodstock location also plays host to the Vermont Raptor Center, a leading research center for the study of migratory songbirds, common loons, owls, peregrine falcons and other birds. The Raptor Center serves as a living museum and is home to more than twenty species of unreleasable birds such as eagles, hawks, owls and falcons.

The Raptor Center is open Monday through Saturday, 10-4. Admission for the Center is $7/adults, $4/students 12-18, $3/children 5-11 and $1/children 3-4. Children under 3 and members get in for free. Their Website contains much more information on VINS and the Raptor Center, and they can be reached at 802-457-2779.


To find out more about the Woodstock area, including lodging, dining, other attractions and more, stop by The Virtual Vermonter - Woodstock.

You can check out other Places to Visit by clicking here.

All materials on this site © The Virtual Vermonter and created by New England Virtual Design. Questions or comments about this site or Vermont in general? Contact us!


Show you care, send a Bear!