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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 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Loved it ! So fun and interesting

We were looking for a place to snow shoe on a beautiful sunny day in February. Decided to go the VINS center to see what they offered. Our visit was awesome. Not only did we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Goffstown, New Hampshire
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Goffstown, New Hampshire
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a place to snow shoe on a beautiful sunny day in February. Decided to go the VINS center to see what they offered. Our visit was awesome. Not only did we enjoy a guided snow shoe tour in the woods, we also learned about different birds in the area and were treated to a raptor presentation... More 

Thank KandSZNH
Queensbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you check the schedule and time your visit to the educational programs, which are neat. Lots of birds of prey to see, and the educators offer some worthwhile visits with owls. Worth the admission price.

Thank 655donl
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove 3 hours for a weekend getaway specifically for VINS nature center's Owl Festival. We had seen an ad on Facebook for it and since our daughter loves owls, thought it would be fun. There was not enough stuff to do for the amount of people who showed up, so that every mini event held was completely packed, standing... More 

Thank Tessa P
Franklin, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Cape Cod, MA
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 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 28 January 2017

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 17 January 2017

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 10 January 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.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 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 14 November 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!!

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