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Green Mountain Falconry School

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3567 Main Street Route 7A, The Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester, VT 05254
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Something completely different to do!

This was something on my husband's bucket list to do and the experience lived up to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
svan
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Pembroke, Massachusetts
You want an unusual experience?

If you hate birds, take a pass, but, I think this was a great experience. They give you a little... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2018
jdcBoston_Ma
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boston, ma
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Green Mountain Falconry School allows visitors an insight into raptor conservation, the falconers' world, and the birds that occupy it. Master falconer Rob Waite has been practicing falcony for 30 years. GMFS offers introductory handling lessons and Hawk walk programs. Experience the exhilaration of handling and flying a trained Harris Hawk in the beautiful setting of Vermont's Green Mountains!
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3567 Main Street Route 7A, The Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester, VT 05254
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was something on my husband's bucket list to do and the experience lived up to the expectation. Rob was great with the information he provided on the sport/birds, kept it so interesting, we could have spent the whole day. Watching the birds flying through...More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the kind review - being "completely different" (in a good way!) is what we love to hear. It was great to share the hawks with you and your enthusiasm combined with some beautiful weather made for a perfect day. Thanks again! Rob

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Reviewed April 19, 2018

If you hate birds, take a pass, but, I think this was a great experience. They give you a little training, then your falcon takes off and when you hold up the food, they swoop down, gently I might add, and you have a glove,...More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Thanks for your great review....and good point about how gently the hawks land! Guests often anticipate the exact opposite. Strangely, we've had our share of bird "non-enthusiasts" and I'm pleased to say we converted them!! Hope you can make a return visit and thanks again....More

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Reviewed December 29, 2017

It was an amazing experience, even as onlooker. It is something I would recommend to all my friends.More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2018

I'm so pleased you had such a good time as a non-participant. All of our participating guests are welcome to bring a free spectator as we have found so many people love the opportunity to watch and photograph the experience. Thanks for your review and...More

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Reviewed December 25, 2017 via mobile

Rob not only accommodated our party of four very well, but he provided us with an once in a life time experience.

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2017

So pleased you came and had a great time......we like to think it makes a really unique activity for small parties. Hope you can make it more than a once in a life time experience! Best wishes. Rob

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Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

What an awesome experience to learn about and hold birds of prey. The entirely custom experience felt designed just for my husband and I. I definitely recommend the walk in the woods! I had never walked a bird like a pet before! This is the...More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017

Thank you! "..the coolest and most authentic experience I've ever had with wildlife." hits so many of the right notes with me! I'm also thrilled that you appreciated the "custom experience" - we opted to guarantee all our bookings are private a few years ago...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

We had Rob all to ourselves for almost 2 hours learning falconry. We worked with two Harris hawks that were amazing. He also had a Peregrine and Golden Eagle! Rob answered all our questions and clearly adores the birds and the sport. The hawk walk...More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review, Joan. I think most guests leave adoring the birds as much as I do! The Hawk Walks are just an amazing way to get to see the hawks do what they do - I see it every...More

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Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated 7th anniversary with the Green Mountain Falconry School during the fall. What a great way to enjoy nature during such a beautiful time of year. We highly recommend the lesson and hawk walk. There is just nothing like a walk...More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017

Thank you for coming and for choosing to plan your whole weekend around your visit. The Boorn Brook Farm trails look great anytime, but another guest recently described them in their fall splendor as "paradise"! Hope to see you back for your 8th. anniversary. Best...More

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Reviewed September 7, 2017

Boorn Brook Farm's beautiful barn accommodation and the Green Mountain Falconry School, together created the perfect Vermont experience. Rob's wonderfully informative Hawk Walk was our first experience of these extraordinary birds of prey and the experience was breathtaking. Walking with the hawks in their natural...More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2017

We're so pleased you could experience the "whole package", Peter! It is like our piece of paradise here - we often have guests comment on how perfect and tranquil Boorn Brook Farm is. The hawks during the day and then the stunning sunsets and night...More

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Reviewed August 12, 2017

We can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our Green Mountain Falconry School hawk lesson and walk. Rob and Diane are so passionate about every aspect of working with these magnificent birds. I have had this on my list for several years, and brought...More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Thank you, Helen. You were all an absolute delight to take out - we thoroughly enjoyed sharing the hawks with you and apologize for raising the bar for other hikes! But do keep an eye out for wild hawks on your walks.... Hope you can...More

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Reviewed August 5, 2017

WOW! I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed my visit to the Green Mountain Falconry School while I was in Manchester; in a 45-minute lesson with Rob, I learned a tremendous amount about the age-old sport of falconry, about how it's practiced today, and,...More

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2017

Thanks for coming and for reviewing your visit, Andrew! Your feedback really is appreciated, as is your taking the time to let others know. I hope you had a peaceful, enjoyable stay in Manchester and have the chance to revisit in the future! Best wishes....More

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William O
June 8, 2017|
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Response from Rob W | Property representative |
Hi William - prices vary throughout the season and depending how many are in your party, so please e-mail us for full details. All bookings are guaranteed private! We always suggest reserving a space well in advance... More
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Kate M
June 3, 2017|
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Response from Rob W | Property representative |
Hi Kate, For the lesson, you will both handle, but we use one hawk and have you take it turns. This allows ample opportunity to get some great photos without juggling a hawk! When we do the Hawk Walk, we take two... More
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jrando3052
November 11, 2016|
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Response from Rob W | Property representative |
I'm sorry, we have now closed for the season. We reopen May 1st., so I hope you will be able to make a return visit and include a lesson at Green Mountain Falconry School. Thanks for your interest and sorry not to meet you... More
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