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Address: 3567 Main Street Route 7A, The Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester, VT 05254
Phone Number: 18023792043
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Green Mountain Falconry School allows visitors an insight into raptor...

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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We arrived for our morning falconry lesson. Not much to add to everyone's positive reviews. The Hawks are gorgeous and majestic and their feathers are so soft! This is a once in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cincinnati OH
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82 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived for our morning falconry lesson. Not much to add to everyone's positive reviews. The Hawks are gorgeous and majestic and their feathers are so soft! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to handle a hawk. Rob has done all the work to make it informative and enjoyable. Do it!

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

Thank you! "Informative and enjoyable" are the two most important objectives of our programs, so I really do appreciate your review that says you found it to be just that. And of course, I also liked your advice...."Do it!"!! Thanks again. Rob More 

Apollo Beach, Florida
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252 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well this is a very unique experience, unlike any I have had in the world. For sure you should book the Hawk Walk which allows you to really see these birds up close and in extended flight. The birds are quite safe, even though they are just inches from your face, its quite incredible. On the Hawk Walk the birds... More 

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

I'm so pleased to hear that it exceeded your expectations, Rod. Given the amount of traveling you have done and the number of unusual experiences you must have enjoyed, it is even more meaningful. Thank you so much for coming and for sharing your experience with others. I hope you fit us in on your next world-tour! Rob More 

Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This was so amazing. I have been around birds of prey before but never anything like this!! Rob knew everything about the hawks and could answer all of our questions. My husband and our friends did the lesson and walk and it was seriously the best thing ever (even though it did rain a little.) The hawks even caught prey... More 

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

Thank you! The hawks are amazing and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed them as much as I do. If they only knew how great they are, they'd be demanding more London broil! Thanks again for your review and I hope you can all make it back - maybe it won't rain next time? Best wishes. Rob More 

Boston
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214 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

This was a terrific experience. We spent a sunny Green Mountain afternoon with Rob and his regal feathered friends. Following an introduction to the science of falconry, we enjoyed a leisurely walk in the woods, with Monty and Wallace soaring above, vigilant for a possible next meal below. The Harris hawks are impressive and beautiful creatures, and watching them do... More 

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciative review. I have just given a couple a lesson who said, "how can anyone not be totally memorized by these wonderful hawks?". Not surprisingly, I completely agree and it's great to know that you do, too! Thanks again for taking the time to let others know. Rob More 

Connecticut, United States
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67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

If you enjoy seeing wildlife up close & personal and especially birds of prey, this once in a lifetime experience is for you. Owner and Master Falconer Rob Waite is as amiable as he is professional and knowledgeable about these birds and the history of falconry. I took the introductory class and I am starting to wish I did the... More 

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your visit, Jon - I truly appreciate it. And thanks for coming. We had perfect weather and Billings was definitely a star! Please do make a return visit for the Hawk Walk. Now you've done the lesson and are comfortable with the hawks, there's no need to retake the lesson first.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

I knew this would be a unique experience, but it completely exceeded my expectations. I would give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could. I was merely the photographer. My 14yr old daughter took the lesson & walk. The combination of her excitement, Rob's passion, and his majestic Harris Hawks made for a completely unforgettable experience. The Hawk... More 

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

Thanks, Chris - I love 6 out of 5 stars!! Nicole did a fantastic job. I could tell she truly loved the hawks. And yes, once you watch a lesson or walk, there is a strong urge to try it for yourself. I hope you will soon. Thanks again for your kind words and taking the time to review your... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I have been fortunate enough to travel in North America and have visited some of the US National Parks and seen wildlife up close, San Diego Zoo, Marineland and the Toronto Zoo to name a few. But this one is the best place that I have ever visited. After 45 minutes or so of listening to Rob talk about the... More 

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, Bruce. It was great to meet you both and to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. I agree that the interaction with these fabulous hawks is everything - I see it on people's faces every day! Thanks again and I hope you got some stunning photos, too. Rob More 

Manchester, Vermont
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We did this three years ago as a family when it was at the Hildene home on the farm. It was very interesting and the animals are very delicate yet very smart for a meal. The guy who taught us was very kind and informative and had a love for the birds. A definite once in a lifetime. Not sure... More 

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

Thanks, Sara. You're absolutely right about the hawks and I am so pleased you had a good time. Do try to make a return visit - our new site is perfect and tranquil - our guests love it! Rob More 

Yonkers, NY
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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I recently saw a bird of prey show using Harris Hawks, so when I read about the Green Mountain Falconry School, we were very excited to participate in the programs. We did the intro and the hawk walk. Rob was fantastic and clearly has a passion for his sport! He explained the basics of falconry and the... More 

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

No photos - then you will definitely have to return and we can put that right! It was great to meet you and share these great hawks with you. Thanks for taking the time to review your experience and we're all looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Rob More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had an awesome time learning about falconry and getting to meet all the beautiful Falcons! Rob is so nice and taught us so much. We can't wait to go back this year!

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Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School, responded to this review

Thanks so much, Jessica. I really appreciate your taking the time to write a review and I'm thrilled that both you and your husband had such a good time and are planning a return visit. Spring's here and our trails are looking great, so I'm looking forward to showing them off! Rob More 

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