Programs & Events



Field Day


Fall & Winter 2014

Help us to accomodate you!
Call 802-229-6206 for more info and to pre-register


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.

Winter Whispers: A Weekly Drop-off Program for Preschool Age Children
Thursdays, January 15th - February 19th.  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 3.5 to 5.
Fee: $175 - $200 (sliding scale)
Winter offers a magical, wonder-filled season for young children to imagine, play, and learn! Winter Whispers is a program that supports children’s innate curiosity and individual learning process through play, art, and exploration of natural world in the frosty months of January and February. Children will spend a portion of every morning outdoors, having an opportunity to engage all their senses while encountering winter's many wonders. In addition, our program offers time to cozy up indoors for winter related stories, songs, art as well as exploration of Vermont’s wildlife and their winter habits. Download regisgtration form.

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)
Fee: (TBD)
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.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes
Fridays, 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.

North Branch Trekkers: Afterschool Program
Thursdays, February 12th to May 14th, 3pm to 5:30pm.
Total Payment: $410 ($200 Deposit) for 12 weeks
Students in grades 4 through 7 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton for the winter/spring session of the winter/spring session of the North Branch Trekkers outdoor-based after school program. We'll explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills, tracking, and wildlife monitoring. North Branch Trekkers runs for 12 sessions with a week off for both winter and spring break. Space is limited so sign up soon! See the trekkers page for more info and registration form.

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

What's Next

Do you live in this circle?
Do you have a bird feeder?


Then join us as a bird count feeder watcher on Saturday, December 20!

Email Larry for more info.

Naturally Nicaragua
March 20-30, 2015


Visit the Naturally Nicaragua page for more info


Learn More

Birding Cape May
May 7-11, 2015

Hooded WarblerExperience 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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713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

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