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- Vermont Institute of Natural Science
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) was
begun in 1970 as a bird banding station. Today they've matured into
something much more, engaging in ecological research, monitoring wildlife
populations and putting on workshops and educational programs like
Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF), which brings the natural
world to some 13,000 Vermont and New Hampshire school children each
They currently operate out of three
locations in Woodstock, Montpelier and Manchester, although
it is the Woodstock location that gets the bulk of the visitors
each year. In addition to its 78 acres of nature trails and
exhibits, the Woodstock location also plays host to the Vermont
Raptor Center, a leading research center for the study of migratory
songbirds, common loons, owls, peregrine falcons and other birds.
The Raptor Center serves as a living museum and is home to more
than twenty species of unreleasable birds such as eagles, hawks,
owls and falcons.
The Raptor Center is open Monday through Saturday, 10-4. Admission
for the Center is $7/adults, $4/students 12-18, $3/children
5-11 and $1/children 3-4. Children under 3 and members get in
for free. Their Website
contains much more information on VINS and the Raptor Center,
and they can be reached at 802-457-2779.
To find out more about the Woodstock area, including
lodging, dining, other attractions and more, stop by The
Virtual Vermonter - Woodstock.
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