VINS Receives $100k Gift for Environmental Education Print
VINS Receives $100k Gift for Environmental Education
August 21, 2017
VINS Receives GiftThe Murray Howell Foundation presented a $100,000 gift to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, in May 2017, in honor of Murray Howell. Mr. Howell, co-founder of Vermont Castings, Inc, worked to enhance and protect the natural environment and to encourage individual initiative and leadership in environmental awareness. He believed deeply that environmental education for children is the best way to nurture an awareness that would grow into a lifelong love for and commitment to the natural world.
Since 1987, VINS Environmental Education programs have been supported by a series of generous grants through the Murray Howell Foundation. The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is pleased to acknowledge Mr. Howell’s enduring inspiration and generous contribution to VINS and the education of the next generation of environmental stewards.
Photo: Executive Director, Charles Rattigan, receives gift from Murray Howell Foundation Trustees; David Kirk, Deborah Baker and John Benjamin.
For information about VINS and the variety of exhibits, programs, and environmental education opportunities offered, please visit our website at or call 802.359.5000. Stay connected with VINS through our nature blog at and our Facebook page.
The Nature Center at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science has been awarded the Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence and was voted Best Nature Experience in Yankee Magazine's Editor's Choice Best of New England 2017.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, avian rehabilitation, and research organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. VINS' mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee Gorge, features state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, interpretive nature trails, onsite educational programs and the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. Through the Center for Environmental Education, VINS provides high-quality, relevant, hands-on inquiry science and place-based learning opportunities for students and teachers throughout the region.