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Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Nature Center

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Excellent, Educational Sanctuary

We decided to visit VINS when we saw signs along the highway leading to the establishment, and it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Amazing raptors! Incredible day!

January in VT provided a fantastic opportunity to visit VINS. We got up close and personal with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
149 Natures Way, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
+1 802-359-5000
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Reviewed yesterday

We decided to visit VINS when we saw signs along the highway leading to the establishment, and it was a great decision! We arrived just in time for a raptor feeding, which was very informative. From bald and golden eagles to snowy owls and ravens,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AshBernadette88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

January in VT provided a fantastic opportunity to visit VINS. We got up close and personal with owls, hawks, eagles, vultures, and other raptors, plus a few turtles, with staff and volunteers who were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The birds can't be released back into...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rickiboston
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Loved it here. They have a pretty impressive collection of raptors and really provide an entertaining tour of all of them. There are terrific trails on the grounds and plenty to do. I was impressed by the facility. If you like birds you should check...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Natsfan24
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Great visit. Tons of information & lots of rescued birds. Great demonstrations too. Make a donation while you are there too. Will return.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rbuskey106
Reviewed October 24, 2018

My husband and I visited this great facility while on a fall foliage trip. We are bird lovers, especially owls. On the day we stopped by we were able to catch a bird presentation in the auditorium where we were able to see owls and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DeeAnn M
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

It was neat to see this place finally. A good amount of display birds of prey with lots of Information. The site was smaller than I expected and we even walked the mid-length trail. The whole visit was 2 hours. Very small gift shop. Lots...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank toscwolfstar
Reviewed September 3, 2018

This nature center is located adjacent to Quechee Gorge. The nature center focuses on birds, particularly raptors. They have many different species of raptors in large, well kept cages. They also do demonstrations and lectures during the day. They also have nature trails, some of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank agnitfom2000
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We visited on a very hot August day. A few small tables are available in front of the main building and there are many picnic tables once you enter the Nature Center itself - some are under a roof. As one enters to pay the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank BobHLeverett
Reviewed September 1, 2018

I visited VT specifically to see this nature center. Admission is approx. $15 per person which is a little expensive, but knowing the money goes towards bird rehabilitation is a nice compromise. We walked through a meadow and then down to the main attraction -...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kim P
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We were meeting family for lunch in Quechee and had planned on maybe the Billings Farm Museum or the Marsh-Rockefellar Home across the street but after lunch we saw a sign for raptor demonstrations and decided to take the turn and see what there was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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January 17, 2019|
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Response from rbuskey106 | Reviewed this property |
Of course. They are a Non-profit organization. They will take anything. It was a great organization.
Carin S
October 5, 2018|
Response from Kim P | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are not allowed.
Mary L
September 21, 2015|
Response from Mb300sr | Reviewed this property |
can't remember. best to google.