Programs & Events



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Call 802-229-6206 for more info and to pre-register

Spring Migration Bird Walks
Fridays, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Fee: $10, free for members
Explore NBNC and other local hotspots for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. Learn birding basics, expand your birding ear and discover more about the birds that inhabit the fields and forests of NBNC. These walks are led by our naturalist staff and are a great way to meet other local birders!
  -   May 27 – Cross VT Trail, Waterbury (directions)
  -   June 3 - Sparrow Farm Rd. Trail (directions)
  -   June 10 - North Branch Nature Center

BirdFEST!
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Fee: $10 members, $15 nonmembers, free for kids
Join us for our 5th annual celebration of birds at NBNC! Featuring bird walks &
workshops, live raptors, kids activities, bird banding demo, bird house building, photo contest and much more!

Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, June 4, 9am - 12pm
Not just selling plants, but demonstrations and talks about dahlia bulbs, willow weaving, and things for children! Hosted by Central Vermont Chapter of UVM Extension Master Gardeners.

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup 
Note: does not meet on Monday, May 30
Monday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., June 6 (final session of the season)
Fee: By donation
This is an outdoor playgroup for parents, caregivers, and children ages 0 - 5. Join us for 2 hours of spontaneous play, exploration, discovery, song, nature inspired crafts, and oral story telling. Come learn about the benefits of   nature connection and enjoy the community experience of time immersed in nature with your young ones. NBNC thanks The Vermont Community Foundation for making Robin's Nest possible.

Birding Camel's Hump
Saturday, June 11th, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers, free for teens
Join us for an early summer trek up Camel's Hump as we search for montane species such as Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Blackpoll Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, and Bicknell's Thrush. We'll follow the 3.1 mile Monroe Trail to the summit, where we will break for an early lunch before hiking back down to the trailhead. This hike is rated
moderately difficult. 

Nature Photography with Bryan Pfeiffer
Saturday, June 11, 10am - 2pm
Fee: $35
Bryan explains your digital camera’s dials, buttons and menus. Bryan’s workshops help any photographer capture vivid images of the world. Bring lunch and camera! Contact pat@beaconassociates.com to reserve a spot. Hosted by Central Vermont Chapter of UVM Extension Master Gardeners.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, July 16, arrive anytime from 6:30 to 11 a.m.
Fee: Donations welcomed.
Get a behind the scenes glimpse of banding in action. We catch, measure and band a variety of songbirds to study their survivorship and reproductive success. A rare chance to see beautiful birds up close.

Bug Walk
Wednesday, July 20, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 nonmembers, free for members.
Our most abundant group of animals at NBNC are the insects. They’re fun to catch, easy to observe, and offer endless opportunities for new discovery.

ECO Teacher Trainings 2016
Professional Development held at The North Branch Nature Center

The ECO Teacher Institute is a five-day nature immersion course for educators, elementary teachers, assistants, aides and administrators. During the week, a leadership team of professional nature immersion specialists guides teachers in learning the direct application of outdoor     classroom routines as well as ways to incorporate NGSS and Common Core Standards into those routines. All    trainings are held in an outdoor setting so please come  prepared to spend the entire day outside. This graduate course is 3 graduate credits through Castleton University.
  -   ECO Level 1: June 27 - July 1, 2016 (full - waitlist only)
  -   ECO Level 2: July 25 - 29, 2016 (full - waitlist only)

Moth Night
Wednesday, August 10, 8:30 -11:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 nonmembers, free for members.
As soon as the sun goes down, an incredibly diverse group of insects fill the night with color: the moths. Emeralds, loopers, underwings, darts, owlets, and so many more miraculous moths will visit our light station as we dazzle in the dizzying variety of species.

Forest Preschool
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays, 9-12 p.m.
Fall session begins August 30
Choose any 1 day (Tuesday - Friday) OR
2 days (either Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday). 
Fee: $480 for one day, $910 for two days, for 12 weeks
Forest Pre-K is a “drop-off” program for students
between the ages of 3.5 and 6 years old. Forest Preschool is an outdoor, exploratory, play-based program that empowers children 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. 

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup
Running 12 weeks on Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. starting September 12th and ending November 28th.
Fee: By donation.
This is an outdoor playgroup for parents, caregivers, and children ages 0 - 5. Join us for 2 hours of spontaneous play, exploration, discovery, song, nature inspired crafts, and oral story telling. Come learn about the benefits of nature connection and enjoy the community experience of time immersed in nature with your young ones.

North Branch Trekkers - After School Program
Thursdays, September 15 to December 8, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fee: $410 ($200 deposit)
Students in grades 4 through 8 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton every Thursday afternoon as we explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills such as tracking, foraging for wild edibles, camp cooking, wildlife monitoring and much more.  Based out of the North Branch Nature Center, we’ll make frequent hikes into both Hubbard and North Branch River Parks as we explore the woods to develop a sense of place and play games that will enhance our powers of observation as well as lay the groundwork for a positive relationship with the outdoors.  For more information, call Ken at 229-6206. Note: we are looking into the possibility of running a version of Trekkers for grades 1-3. Let us know if you would be interested and stay tuned for more info!

Live Caterpillar Day!
Sunday, September 25. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Come see hundreds of native caterpillars at the North Branch Nature Center. Naturalist and Photographer, and founder of the Caterpillar Lab, Sam Jaffe will be here to show off and tell us about dozens of species including some of the LARGEST, spiniest, WACKY, WEIRD, and deceptive species you never knew were hiding in your own backyards. Be sure to save the date for this unique exhibition, featuring new, late-summer species!

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

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Summer Camp 2016
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

summercampSpring is around the corner, and summer camp registration is in full tilt. It is time to start thinking about your child's summer plans! This year we've increased our offerings for both Pre-K and 1st - 4th grade camps and added an overnight element to two of our travel camps. For a complete listing of this summer's camps, please visit the camps page. Scholarships are available.


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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
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