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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Portland,Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!!

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Thank MickEarly
Philadelphia, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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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!

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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.

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Thank svega892
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

This place is great. There are several live raptor demonstrations each day. These folks main mission aside from educating the public, is to rehabilitate injured raptors. They release the ones that they can release. Many of the ones that are at the facility have damaged wings that did not properly heal and therefore they could not be released back into... More 

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Callander, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Went to see the birds of prey at VINS Nature Centre and was impressed with the way the birds are looked after, although most of the birds seen were formerly injured and for me, still looked in a bit of a sorry state. Had a reasonably enjoyable visit however.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We have been to Woodstock/Quechee previously and passed on VINS thinking that it was just for children or commercial - what a mistake! They rehabilitate raptors from Vermont as well as other centers in the US and have many beautiful birds which cannot be returned to the wild because of injuries. These wildlife ambassadors are in enclosures with information on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

This is a sanctuary for birds to retire. Many birds of prey that were hurt, etc and could not be released into the wild again. We didn't see any of the "shows" but the birds were awesome!!!!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

my wife and I stay exclusively in Woodstock, Vermont when we travel to Vermont. For years we have passed by VINS but never stopped. What a mistake. the afternoon was peaceful, delightfully temperate and informative. the beautiful woodland setting for the education portions of the day was full color fall. all the centers guides were friendly and enthusiastic about their... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We recently stayed near Quechee Gorge, which is a beautiful place a few miles from Woodstock, Vermont and discovered VINS just a few hundred yards away from the gorge itself, quite by accident. We thought it was a well organised set up with dedicated and charming staff. Lots of birds of prey to see and the half hour talks by... More 

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