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Address: 3567 Main Street Route 7A, The Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester, VT 05254
Phone Number: +1 802-379-2043
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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"One of the MOST AMAZING experiences EVER!!!

Our daughter is a student in Troy, NY. We were looking for something to do over her family weekend and 15 th birthday. We never could imagined what an extraordinary 3 hours we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 October 2016
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Our daughter is a student in Troy, NY. We were looking for something to do over her family weekend and 15 th birthday. We never could imagined what an extraordinary 3 hours we would have. Words cannot possibly describe these magnificent creatures and Rob's talent and expertise. We are trying to find a way to go back with our son... More 

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

Thank you all so much for visiting and making my day so special! When you combine a marvelous, fun and enthusiastic family with fabulous hawks, great weather and a beautiful setting, I don't have much of a job to do! I hope you will return soon and to meet your son next time. And thank you, too, for taking the... More 

Auburn, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My daughter had a lesson scheduled yesterday, bad weather came in, our lesson was canceled. Bob managed to get Dianna in to help, and we were able to get our lesson in today. The whole experience was informative and insightful. We learned about the birds, their behavior and the grace in which humans and these wild creatures can co-exist. It... More 

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

Thank you, Lisa, for your kind remarks. I'm so pleased that we were able to fit you in and also that we could introduce a young adult to these great birds and, as you put it, how we can co-exist. That it might be one of your "life-time memories" is particularly gratifying. Thank you for visiting us and for taking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

If you appreciate wildlife of any type you will love this experience. I had the pleasure of spending a couple hours with Rob and two of his well-trained and amazing Harris Hawks. This is an experience you will never forget. You'll be inspired to see how much wild animals can learn and how they will work with humans. Rob is... More 

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

That is so kind - thank you for your review. One of the best aspects of my job is demonstrating how rapidly a hawk can learn and how that ability would increase the chance of survival for a wild bird. I'm so pleased you clearly appreciate that, too. Thanks for coming and enjoying these great creatures! Rob More 

Dedham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

My wife and I spent a remarkable two hours with Rob and two Harris Hawks. The educational introduction was fascinating. Rob is a true expert who can covey large amounts of information in a relaxed, entertaining and friendly manner. Within 45 seconds, of my taking hold of the hawk, Rob said the hawk was hunting and he lifted off my... More 

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

Thanks for your review, Christopher - I really appreciate it! Sometimes, it is hard to believe that these trained hawks are still wild animals. But when they respond in a split second and in such an instinctive way, there is little doubt. Having a front-row seat to a hawk behaving naturally is amazing and I'm so pleased you were able... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

On Sunday, we had, what would amount to, a memorable and exhilarating experience. I knew that this lesson was tailored made for my husband. You can imagine my disappointment when an email exchange with falconer, Rob Waite,stated that he was booked. Two days later, he followed up with an email informing us of a cancellation. We welcomed the good news.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your kind review, Mary. I was so pleased that the cancellation worked out for your schedule and gave me the opportunity to meet you both and experience your obvious enthusiasm for these marvelous birds. Thanks also for letting me know that the private bookings we guarantee are appreciated. It really does give... More 

Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

A recent visit to the Green Mountain Falconry School truly was an extraordinary experience! If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to take the introductory lesson and the hawk walk, please don't hesitate. You'll learn fascinating information about hawks and falconry while you interact directly with these beautiful birds, all in a lovely wooded Vermont setting under the... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review, Linda - I really do appreciate it and I'm sure others will, too. It takes more than a little nerve to "take the plunge" and book a lesson not knowing anything about what you are getting into. But your kind words will give others confidence to come and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Had a fantastic experience ! This was my third time and it is something that never gets old! So happy more of my family got to do this! Shout out to Rob!

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

That's great to hear - thank you. And so pleased your family got to do it....not to mention your coming back for a third time. You'll soon be one of our "Frequent Fliers"! Hope to see you again and soon. Rob More 

Mason Neck, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I did both the Falconry lesson and walk. Rob was full of enthusiasm about his special relationship with his birds of prey. Rob's love of this sport truely shines through. I learned a tremendous amount of information about the Harris Hawk. Beautiful birds so much fun to work with. I smiled the entire day! A bucket list experience! Don't miss... More 

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

Being considered, "A bucket list experience" is a real thrill - thanks for saying so, Holly. I had great fun showing you the hawks and seeing your obvious enthusiasm for them. It's also great to know you learned lots - that's what we're here for, so it's good to know we're on track. Hope to see you again. Rob More 

Cincinnati OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

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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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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 

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