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VINS Nature Center, Quechee
(4.9/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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  • Despite it being a cold and rainy day, the staff at VINS made our visit an amazing one! Staff members were well versed and educated on their raptors...we got to see birds up close, watch them get fed,...  more »
  • Great rainy day activity or something to do with kids. Presentation with the birds is interesting and the facility is very clean. We had a rainy day in our trip and it was a cool thing to see. 
  • This place is great. There are several live raptor demonstrations each day. These folks main mission aside from educating the public, is to rehabilitate injured raptors. They release the ones that the...  more »
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  • What an incredible honor it was yesterday to visit the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, known as VINS! It's not what you'd think by it's name; it's about Raptors (eagles, hawks, owls and other VT wild birds only.) It's a welcoming place to visit and has a number of great exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day in addition to wonderful winding trails, a hospital for injured birds as well as very well kept large outside enclosures for these tremendously beautiful large birds. You wanna talk about being up close and personal, this is the place. You're never further than just feet away from these beautiful birds. The snowy owl was crazy gorgeous as was the barred and other owls. The variety of hawks, golden and bald eagles was absolutely incredible! Alexa put on a terrific and informative demonstration with an injured yet recouperating Kestrel and Hawk. It was so very inspiring all the good work they do there! Tons of volunteers inside and outside ensure that injured VT wild birds or abandoned young birds are given the very best of care and chances to return back to to the wild to live long healthy lives. It's a phenomenal network. Another wonderful aspect of VINS is if you're a person or family residing in either NH or VT who has an EBT or Medicaid card, they only charge you $2.00 instead of the regular price of $14.50. Thank you so very much for making our visit possible! We will positively be returning again during perhaps the fall or winter season.
  • If you're interested in Raptor Birds this is the place to go. Staff is very friendly and well-informed. They have a medium sized exhibit on the modern Theory of how birds came from dinosaurs and how dinosaurs actually had feathers. Check TripAdvisor for this place too lot of details on there
  • Fantastic place to visit. Love seeing all the different raptors. Don't miss a raptor talk. very informative!
  • It is a great place for both adults and children to learn about birds. It is also nice to know you are contributing to a great cause while you visit or if you become a member.
  • This place is amazing! They rehabilitate and care for raptors here. There is a wealth of information available as well. We picked up the plans for a barred owl nesting box and built one when we got home. I can't wait to go back.