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VINS Nature Center

6565 Woodstock Road, Route 4, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
802-359-5000
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Quechee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Educational Sites, Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission includes entrance to exhibits, Nature trails, and Avian Rehab in action.... more » Owner description: VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission includes entrance to exhibits, Nature trails, and Avian Rehab in action. Open picnic areas, beverages and snacks are available at the Nature Store. The VINS Nature Center is located 1/2 mile west from the Quechee Gorge. « less
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Westminster, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We were looking for something different to do and stumbled upon VINS. How fun, learning about the raptors, seeing the wonderful work that these great people do with rehabilitation was fantastic. Do yourself a favor and take the kids, go for a hike and check out the cool raptors. Do not let the $13 adult admission scare you. Once you... More

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Carmel, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

VINS provides a wonderful service through education and the rehabilitation of injured birds. The staff is EXCEPTIONAL; personable, well-informed and approachable. Three generations of our family spent a morning here that was time very well spent. The Raptor program was exhilarating and superbly well done. Please keep up your important work!

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Portland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I was there for a beautiful sunny fall day with high color in the foliage and a cool temperature- the nature walk was lovely and refreshing - I especially loved seeing the beautiful birds so close. They are all injured in a way that was not possible to survive in the wild- so they are lovingly cared for here. They... More

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Maine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) should be on everyone’s list of places to visit! Located directly after the Quechee Gorge and Visitors Center, this facility is well worth the price of admission! In September, when we were there at least 50 newly hatched snapping turtles, no bigger than an inch, were making their way down the grassy slopes... More

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Westchester County, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you love raptor presentations, don't miss this one. The girls who present these birds know their stuff. They have good skills with all kinds of audiences, and educate as well as entertain. THe place is not too big, just enough to add another event to the day. There are a few indoor spaces if the weather is bad.

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Rochester, NY
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We planned to visit on 9/29/14 to the VINS to see the raptors. The staff were very nice, knowledgeable and talented. You can tell they love their work with the owls, hawks and eagles. We gained much knowledge that afternoon from the interpretive displays, the birds themselves and the ongoing programs given by the staff. If you have any interest... More

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DunmorePA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

While motorcycling from Lake George NY to Vermont we happened upon the VINS Nature Center and are so glad we did! The birds are really amazing to see up close! The staff is very informative and helpful...this was well worth the stop...wish we had more time to stay longer...would be great for kids too!

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Dartmouth, MA
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215 reviews 215 reviews
35 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I picked this place to visit with my 17 year old nephew based on the TripAdvisor reviews, and it was a very good decision. He really did enjoy our visit, as did I. The VINS web site is very good, because it lists the many demonstrations, feedings, and shows the staff put on during the day, so you can plan... More

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Newbury
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Wonderful attraction for all ages. They have gorgeous birds in well tended "natural" habitat enclosures. Great docent went from bird to bird, giving details about each, and answering questions. Then for the live demonstration on an open stage: a number of birds brought out in front of us, with discussion and a flying and hunting demonstration. Staff super helpful (offered... More

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Athol, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a fantastic job they do here; saving the birds' lives and educating the public about raptors. The cages are huge and everything is very clean. We got to see a presentation and witness a kestrel in flight, among others. This is a great place for a family to bring a picnic and walk the trails. We were very near... More

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