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VINS Nature Center

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Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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What a Wonderful Place

We read about VINS and decided to make a small detour in our road trip plans to check it out. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
Small gem for kids of all ages

You can see many predator birds up close and observe their behaviors and instincts in action via... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
k s
Fairfax, Virginia
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  • Average5%
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“birds of prey”(32 reviews)
“bald eagles”(17 reviews)
“beautiful birds”(15 reviews)
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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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
6565 Woodstock Road, P.O. Box 1281, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
+1 802-359-5000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We read about VINS and decided to make a small detour in our road trip plans to check it out. It was a great idea! We enjoyed being able to view all the raptors - eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, etc. - up close and personal...More

Thank annettebZ9650QE
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can see many predator birds up close and observe their behaviors and instincts in action via any of the feeding or audience observation experiences. Gentle hiking trials provide a perfect bit of exercise down to the river for scenic views - and more wildlife...More

Thank k s
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm an eagle enthusiast, but didn't know about this place until I saw a brochure at the state welcome center on I89. I knew then I had to go and so glad we made the time! The two bald eagles posed perfectly for photos and...More

Thank Pat H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our soon to be 9 yr old grand to see the raptors at VINS on a rainy day. We don’t hike so we did not care about the nature trails they have there. There are about 12 different enclosures (under a covered walkway...More

1  Thank Beth Brown L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Helping the birds and getting to see the birds up-close is cool! :) I wish I could work there!! Thank you guys!!!

Thank camper46
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited VINS after hearing a talk by one of their educators (along with 3 feathered education ambassadors) at the Quechee Balloon Festival the afternoon before. The staff are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dedicated to educating visitors and caring for the birds. Great for children...More

Thank Anna K
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

VINS is a beautiful sanctuary that does amazing work. The presentation with the raptors is always interesting and informative. We visited at the same time as a very well behaved class of third graders, and it was fun to see their interest and enthusiasm. We...More

3  Thank CaravelEF
Reviewed 29 May 2018

This organization rehabilitates injured birds of prey and releases them back into the wild. In addition, they have a display of birds which can't be released and can be viewed close up. Many of the birds are from the North and West of the United...More

Thank maisonettetextiles
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

I just completed a field trip to VINS with a whole bunch of third graders. They absolutely loved every aspect of VINS. They learned all about native birds this year, especially owl so they enjoyed seeing all the live birds and the presentation. If you...More

Thank pisc0011
Reviewed 23 May 2018

We visited the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee, VT on a recent visit to Woodstock, VT as its a short drive. The center is an environmental education, research, and avian rehabilitation organization. Raptor enclosures provide information on the raptors within, many had...More

Thank ctp1513
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Mary L
22 September 2015|
Response from Mb300sr | Reviewed this property |
can't remember. best to google.
Mary L
22 September 2015|
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Response from NHethel | Reviewed this property |
10-5 until Nov. 1 when it switches to 10-4 ADMISSION Adults: $13.50 Seniors (62 plus): $12.50 Youth (4-17): $11.50 Children 3 and under: Free VINS Members: Free
Velora F
13 September 2015|
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Response from jelisel | Reviewed this property |
I could not have said it any better than the answers posted by tajinx. Regardless of the ability to photograph or not, the experience of VINS is worth it. If you choose to have pictures without mesh in them, may I suggest... More