VINS receives prestigious recognition for Forest Canopy Walk

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VINS receives prestigious recognition for Forest Canopy Walk

Thu, 12/08/2022 - 3:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At its recent 50th Anniversary celebration, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science was honored with a first-of-its-kind recognition. Presented by Dr Margaret “Canopy Meg” Lowman, VINS was given a Platinum Plaque from Mission Green, a new program whose mission it is to save 10 of the world’s most endangered forests by 2030 through the creation of canopy walkways. 

“In honor of your [forest canopy] walkway,” said Dr. Lowman, “Mission Green, this new program that is now building walkways to save the forests of the world, wants to present the first Platinum Plaque to the VINS walkway for bringing kids and families together to appreciate trees and to be part of the family of global canopies and help the future generation have a healthy planet.”

Meg Lowman is a scientist and author and is known as a global pioneer in forest canopy ecology. She is a tireless educator and advocate for girls, women, and minorities in science. Her design and implementation of the first public canopy walk at the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, FL was a major inspiration for VINS’ forest canopy walk. She continues to inspire humans across the globe to understand, value, and protect forests and their incredible diversity.

“Now we realize, thanks to canopy research and walkways like yours [at VINS], forests are worth millions of dollars,” said Dr. Lowman. “They store carbon, they house the world’s genetic library for the future, which has medicines, fruits, flowers, and all kinds of important things. I will be able to save ten of the world’s most endangered forests by using the VINS [canopy walkway] model in other places. We could use canopy walkways as this amazing economic model to help all of these different countries save their genetic libraries by preserving the most important forest canopies.”

VINS is honored to have been the freshman recipient of this prestigious award. To learn more about Mission Green and Meg Lowman, visit To learn more about VINS’ forest canopy walk and plan a visit to the treetops of Vermont, visit You can also purchase Meg Lowman’s fascinating book, The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us, in the VINS Nature Store at the Nature Center or online at

VINS is headquartered in Quechee, VT at the VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, VT 05059. We invite all to visit us in Quechee to explore our Forest Canopy Walk and discover the amazing diversity of mammals and birds. Also, explore our Outdoor Nature Playscape, a natural place for kids with elements for creative play, fun for all ages.

We are also happy to provide many unique gift options as you check off your holiday shopping list! From games and books to clothing and household items, the VINS Nature Store is a fantastic place to purchase a nature-friendly gift for everyone on your gift list this holiday season. Our Nature Store is open for in-person shopping, and we invite guests to shop anytime at

The VINS Nature Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities are included in admission. Regular admission pricing is as follows: adults $18.00; seniors, students and veterans $17.00; youth $15.00; and free for members and for children three and under. All ticket purchases may be applied toward the purchase of VINS membership. We offer $5-per-person admission for EBT and Medicaid cardholders (ID is required).

Masks are recommended throughout our in-door exhibits and store at the Nature Center. We request that guests purchase tickets on our website prior to arrival. Please note that while service dogs are always welcome at the VINS Nature Center, all other dogs must remain at home, and may not be left in a car in the parking lot.

For more information about VINS’ educational programs, please visit, and for our school programs, For more information about VINS, the VINS Forest Canopy Walk and our upcoming events, please visit our website at, our nature blog at, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation is open daily for intake of injured or orphaned wild birds. Please email [email protected] with any inquiries.

Quechee, VT – Vermont Institute of Natural Science