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VINS Nature Center

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Address: 6565 Woodstock Road, Route 4, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
Phone Number: 802-359-5000
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs...
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.
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Fantastic even in cold weather

This bird refuge rehabilitates birds of prey. The grounds were cute and clean. We got up close to many varieties of owls, condors, Hawks, and Eagles including two huge bald... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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191 reviews 191 reviews
37 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This bird refuge rehabilitates birds of prey. The grounds were cute and clean. We got up close to many varieties of owls, condors, Hawks, and Eagles including two huge bald eagles. In the classroom section we watched the birds being trained in a flight demonstration. Pretty awesome. Then we saw them feed.

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Norwich, Vermont
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64 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have visited here on several occasions: once for an excellent retreat/conference, where speakers spoke of the type of terrain found here, such as vernal pools and the wildlife they attract, as well as of birds in their care; and a couple of times as a regular visitor to VINS. On the latter occasions, I had guests with me from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

What a wonderful refuge not only for the birds and other animals at VINS but for travelers wishing to reconnect with nature! A very cordial and warm staff, knowledgeable. Great exhibits and a very comfortable classroom for interactive learning. We were there for the morning class with raptors. Very informative!! Then, we walked the trails, which was fun. Snowshoe rentals... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

They give a little class with several owls hawks& falcons and a q&a... just about every hour and a half. Very interesting and they really docare for the birds.

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Bethpage, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Wonderful staff, beautiful facility, great opportunity for hands on learning. We stumbled on this driving by and the entrance looked so inviting we decided to check it out. So glad we did!! Really enjoyed our visit. If you're looking for things to do to keep the kids busy - highly recommended.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Our group really enjoyed the visit. Educational, informative and fun. The Raptor exhibit is especially worthwhile and the staff could not be nicer.

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I had a wonderful experience at VINS. They really are a wonderful education facility for injured wildlife that provides first hand experiences and knowledge about raptors. You should at least catch the raptor show. Great facility and a wonderful staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I love VINS. I have been many times, bringing anyone from nephews to friends that are visiting. Everyone enjoys the raptor exhibit. It's not every day you get to stand just a few feet away from a snowy owl, golden eagle, and (among others) a peregrine falcon! The shows are also fun to watch and there are loops through the... More 

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Telluride, Colorado
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34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We arrived a couple of hours before closing, but had a chance to observe feeding time of their large collection of birds of prey in their individual enclosures. We also watched a demonstration in their outside arena, and walked some of the scenic trails on the property. A good family attraction.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My husband and I made a point of driving an hour from Waterbury during our vacation just to visit VINS. We really enjoyed the close access to the raptors. The bald & golden eagles were especially beautiful! We stayed to watch the "Raptors Up Close" presentation which was good, and then we decided to stay for feeding time. If your... More 

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