Programs & Events
Fall & Winter 2014
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Call 802-229-6206 for more info and to pre-register
Robins Nest Nature Playgroup
Fridays, through Dec. 12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fee: free, by donation
Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup offers parents, caregivers and children ages birth - 5 years an opportunity to play outside and discover the sights, sounds, and sensations of the forests and fields at the NBNC. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play. NBNC thanks The Turrell Fund for their support in making this program possible.
*The Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a program that is based entirely outdoors. The NBNC teacher naturalists will discuss with parents and caregivers how to dress for the weather and how we support playing and learning outdoors in all types of weather. Be prepared with water and mud proof clothing!
Lecture Series: Water World
Dates: The first 3 Thursdays of November, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 donations welcome
With extreme drought facing much of the nation, we sometimes take for granted the plentiful supply of water we have in Vermont. In this mini-series, we’ll explore some of the issues of water and water quality that face Vermont’s rivers and lakes as well as the opportunities they afford for
recreation and wildlife.
November 6 – The Hidden North Branch
Come learn about the North Branch of the Winooski River and how the Vermont River Conservancy is protecting it. Learn about the amazing swimming holes, the important flood plains, the white water paddling stretches, and how river science, land conservation, and recreational
enjoyment all make this beautiful place so special.
November 13 – Vermont’s ‘Great’ Lake
Lake Champlain is the largest body of water in Vermont, and is also facing some of the largest threats of all our aquatic resources. Mike Winslow, staff scientist with the Lake Champlain Committee, will discuss the natural history of the lake as well as conservation issues including pollution, invasive species, blue-green algae, and more.
November 20 – Origin of Vermont’s Fishes -
Why They Are Where They Are
Rich Langdon, and aquatic
biologist with Vermont DEC, will describe when and how “native” fishes made their way back into Vermont in the wake of vast meltwater lakes and rivers formed by the retreating glaciers some 10-15 thousand years ago. The origin of non-native species will also be discussed.
Birding Cape Ann & Plum Island
Friday - Sunday, November 14 - 16
Fee: $520 single; $390 double (per person); $40 member discount available
Winter birdlife on the New England coast is invigorating, and there is no better place to experience it than Cape Ann. See some of winter’s best birds before the cold of winter takes full grip. Target species include Harlequin Duck, Razorbill, Black Guillimot, Snowy Owl, King Eider, and many more. Trip fee includes lodging and guiding (not transportation or food). Space is limited, registration deadline is October 15, register soon!
Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes
Fridays, Dec. 5, Jan. 30, Feb. 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 3, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $10 nonmembers
Under a full moon and surrounded by sparkling snow, let’s snowshoe by lunar light! Night activities will illuminate how wildlife survives the long nights of winter. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided.
1,000 Species and the VT Atlas of Life
Thursday, December 11, 6:30 p.m.
Fee: donations welcomed
Over the past 2 years, teacher-naturalist Larry Clarfeld has feverishly been documenting biodiversity around central Vermont. His observations, contributed to the Vermont Atlas of Life, topped 1,000 species this summer. See some of the highlights in a photo-tour of our state’s flora and fauna and learn how you can contribute your own sightings to this exciting citizen science project.
Plainfield Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 20, all day
Fee: Donations welcome
Join us for the 54th annual CBC! The count circle covers most of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Barre, Plainfield, and Calais. Join for part or all of the day, no experience is necessary but pre-registration is required.
Introduction to the Night Sky: An Astronomy Mini-Course
Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $120 members, $135 nonmembers
Do you want to learn more about the moon, the stars, our galaxy, and beyond? In this mini-course we will explore topics in observational astronomy, such as the formation of the solar system, the evolution and properties of stars, and the origin and fate of the universe. As much of the course as possible will be conducted outside, as weather permits, focusing on direct observation and discovery. During outdoor viewing sessions we will learn constellations, track the movements of the planets and the moon, and seek out nebulas, galaxies, variable stars and more.
Lake Champlain Birding
Saturday, January 17, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members , $30 nonmembers
Come explore the wetlands, fields and water bodies of the Champlain Valley for waterfowl and winter birds. We’ll seek out Rough-legged Hawks, winter waterfowl, Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs, Short-eared Owls, and more.
Superbowl of Birding XII
Saturday, January 24 (+ Friday overnight)
We participated in this exciting event, centered around Plum Island in Massachusetts, the past 6 years cumulatively tallying 98 species! This year, we may extend our trip to be a full weekend, so it’s never too early to start thinking about it! To be guaranteed a spot on the team, please register by Dec. 19.
Ice on Fire
Sunday, January 25, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $3 adult, $1 child, $5 family
The bigger-than-life winter festival returns to the open fields at NBNC. Participate in
wonderful winter activities including a parade, storytelling, winter games & outdoor theater, and a huge closing bonfire.
Winter Wonders: Vacation Nature Camp
Mon.- Fri., Feb. 23 - 27, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $210 members, $230 nonmembers for 5 days or
$45 member, $50 nonmember for individual days
Come join us for a few days of wintry nature adventures and explorations. We’ll see winter birds, track wild mammals, learn about winter survival and build a fire. And of course, camp wouldn’t be complete without playing in the snow! Come for all 5 days or pick your favorites. For children grades 1 - 3.
Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register
March 20-30, 2015
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Birding Cape May
May 7-11, 2015
Experience spring migration at its best! For over a decade, NBNC has taken teen groups to Cape May for the World Series of Birding, and now, we offer adults the opportunity to visit what is widely considered the 'top birding destination in the East.'
Sign up early, we expect this trip to fill! Learn more.
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