North Branch Nature Center
"Connecting People of All Ages with the Natural World"


We're a small preserve with a big heart at a gentle bend in the North Branch of the Winooski River.

For more than a decade North Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital.

North Branch is firefly light sparkling in a child's eye. It is a lecture hall where we learn the secrets of warblers and willows and weather. And it is a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply to do nothing beside the river.

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Forest Preschool

Forest Preschool is an outdoor, exploratory, play-based program that empowers children ages 3.5 - 6 to be active in their own learning process, while providing them the means to connect to one another and the natural world in a caring way. For more info, please visit the forest preschool page. Scholarships may be available.

Events in support of our Capital Campaign

20th Anniversary Party
A Gala Evening
Celebrating our first 20 years

 Saturday September 17, 6 pmAlumni Hall, VCFA, Montpelier
Music, Dinner, Dancing
and Raffle Drawing!


Support our Capital Campaign while having a chance to win fantastic prizes, including:

  • in-home dinner prepared by NECI chef
  • Sailboat cruise on Lake Champlain
  • Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine
  • Nordic Skiing Day Passes
  • Spa day package at Topnotch Spa
  • Fresh monthly bread from Manghis’
  • and more!

raffleTickets can be purchased online or at the Nature Center for $20 each or 6 for $100. All prizes are valued at $200 or more. Raffle drawing will take place on September 17 at our 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration.

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Learn more about the capital campaign.

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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

Open Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
Trails open every day
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