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VINS Nature Center

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Address: 6565 Woodstock Road, P.O. Box 1281, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
Phone Number:
+1 802-359-5000
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission...

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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Great lecture

A staff member came to Killington tonight to lecture about Raptors and was very informative and showed us live red tail hawks, owls and other birds and was very informative and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Franklin, Massachusetts
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Franklin, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A staff member came to Killington tonight to lecture about Raptors and was very informative and showed us live red tail hawks, owls and other birds and was very informative and give a great lecture to a packed audience.

Thank 52CBB
Cape Cod, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nothing beats a great bird sighting! VINS is a spectacular experience for kids of all ages. There are wonderful programs daily allowing all of us to get a real "up close" look at raptors and owls, (and other creatures) as well as learn about them. The grounds are wonderful for walking, and, yes, you can rent snow shoes and try... More 

Thank PamelaCapeCod_MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here with a group of hiking friends. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable! We had a wonderful day hiking around, viewing the amazing birds and learning some really interesting things about birds of prey. They do great work here helping injured birds and teaching others.

Thank Allison H
Brattleboro, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an absolutely thrilling experience. It is a sanctuary for raptors (hawks, falcons, owls and such) who could not survive in the wild and so are housed in huge flyable enclosures where you can look at them, and they will look at you up close and personal. They are magical and gorgeous. An expert gives several talks every day... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

They have a great talk and demo of birds outdoors. Interesting and informative. Kids love it. Also interesting to adults. There is a nice trail in the center that goes through the woods and edge of a lake. Overall number of exhibits in the center is limited.

Thank collector_hunter
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

We love birds of prey. My wife and I eyeball hawks that people drive right by with no notice. The chance to watch a volunteer feed a ferruginous hawk, snow owl, kestrel and other birds, who injured in some capacity rely on this sanctuary, was unique. By far, the highlight was watching a red shouldered hawk there for 19 years,... More 

1 Thank MPMaddux
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

On a recent rip to Vermont, long overdue trip we had a blast, good food, nice weather, dog friendly accommodations, great walks etc! But the highlight was VINS! It was amazing, educational, fun and thrilling to see motivated people doing such wonderful work! Thank you so much for what you do!!

2 Thank MickEarly
Philadelphia, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

I have mixed feelings about keeping animals in zoos, but here all the birds are rehabilitated and have flight, vision, or other problems that would prevent them from surviving in the wild, so they make ideal members of a community like this. The enclosures are a decent size and the birds all seem happy and healthy. We saw the presentation... More 

1 Thank OceanAdrian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Despite it being a cold and rainy day, the staff at VINS made our visit an amazing one! Staff members were well versed and educated on their raptors...we got to see birds up close, watch them get fed, and even touch a snake! It truly was an amazing experience we will not soon forget!

Thank Carissa P
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Great rainy day activity or something to do with kids. Presentation with the birds is interesting and the facility is very clean. We had a rainy day in our trip and it was a cool thing to see.

Thank svega892

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