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Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Nature Center

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Open Now: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wonderful place!

Loved it here. They have a pretty impressive collection of raptors and really provide an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Natsfan24
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Springfield, Virginia
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Nature tour

Great visit. Tons of information & lots of rescued birds. Great demonstrations too. Make a donation... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
rbuskey106
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Blackstone, Massachusetts
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“birds of prey”(32 reviews)
“bald eagles”(17 reviews)
“beautiful birds”(15 reviews)
About
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 - 4:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Contact
149 Natures Way, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
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+1 802-359-5000
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 August 2006

For years I have been aware of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science or VINS and always wanted to visit. Years ago I knew of it a the Raptor Rehab Center. This past Saturday I finally took the time to drive the 95 miles from...More

5  Thank David F
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 4 November 2012

We did have a great time with an orientering adventure. I went back once with a school group and the field trip is probably not a great way to judge any place since I am responsible to give attention to behavior of children. I would...More

1  Thank yellowbirdVermont
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Natsfan24
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank rbuskey106
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank DeeAnn M
Reviewed 23 September 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

1  Thank toscwolfstar
Reviewed 4 September 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

1  Thank agnitfom2000
Reviewed 3 September 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

1  Thank BobHLeverett
Reviewed 1 September 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

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 28 August 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

Thank 299PFrank
Reviewed 21 August 2018

We love birds, and this was such a treat to stop in and see the great work these folks are doing. The grounds are well laid out and we enjoyed the raptor presentation.

Thank BldrJanet
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Everyone was that works here is amazing. Knowledgeable, friendly and engaged. The presenters are great with children, they do not talk down to them but really communicate with them. Best raptor program. Beautiful eagles!

Thank kelly4075
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Carin S
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Response from Kim P | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are not allowed.
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Mary L
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can't remember. best to google.
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Mary L
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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
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