Nature Store

Virtual Animal Encounter


You will encounter a live falcon, hawk, turtle, or snake. Discover the natural history, ecology, and adaptations of your animal of choice while conversing with a highly qualified VINS Environmental Educator. (20-minutes).

Select your Virtual Animal Encounter for purchase.

Please Note: the Virtual Animal Encounter is limited to 6 people.

Virtual Animal Encounter

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The VINS Nature Center is open year-round, features state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, interpretive nature trails, outdoor classroom, and our Forest Canopy Walk.*

All outdoor exhibits are open: Raptors, Songbirds, Adventure Playscape, Nature Trails, and the amazing Forest Canopy Walk. In addition, our indoor exhibits are open: Birds Are Dinosaurs, Reptile Room, and the Forest Exhibit.

It is our priority to create a safe and comfortable environment for all our guests and staff. Masks are required in all indoor spaces at the Nature Center, regardless of your vaccination status.

If you are a VINS Member please show your membership card upon entry. To use an EBT Card, Medicaid Card or Library Pass, please show your card and purchase tickets upon entry.

*All exhibits (including the Forest Canopy Walk) are included with general admission.

Additional information


Virtual Animal Encounter, Adults, Youth (4-17), Seniors (62 plus), College Students, Veterans, Educators