Programs & Events
Summer and Fall 2015
Help us to accomodate you!
Call 802-229-6206 for more info and to pre-register
Tuesdays through Fridays, starting Sep. 1
Fee: $480 for one day, $910 for two days, for 12 weeks.
Forest Preschool is an outdoor, exploratory, play-based program for children ages 3.5 to 6 that empowers children to be active in their own learning process, while provideing them the menas to connect to one another and the natural world in a caring way. Learn more.
Monarch Butterfly Tagging
Wednesdays, Sep. 9, & 16, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, $3 child
Drop by any time between from 3:30 on to catch, tag and release some migrating monarchs. We’ll look for other butterflies and bugs as well! We have nets to share, but bring a net if you have one.
Fall Migration Bird Walks
Fridays, Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Fee: free for members and kids, $10 for nonmembers
September is the peak of fall songbird migration, and the woods and fields along the North Branch are excellent places to witness it. Come for a morning walk to search for migrating warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes and more. Beginners welcome! Binoculars available for loan.
North Branch Trekkers Afterschool Program
Thursdays, September 17 - December 10, 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Total payment: $410 ($200 deposit) for 12 weeks
NBNC is pleased to offer the North Branch Trekkers
outdoor-based after school program. Students in grades 4-8 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton every
Thursday afternoon as we explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills, tracking, and wildlife monitoring. Space is limited so sign up soon! See the trekkers page for more info and registration form, scholarships available.
Robins Nest Nature Playgroup
Mondays, starting Sept. 14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fee: free, donations welcomed
Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup offers parents, caregivers and children ages birth to five 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.
Live Caterpillar Zoo!
Saturday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 nonmembers, $3 for members
Come see hundreds of native caterpillars at the NBNC. Naturalist/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! Included in the cost, by donation, is Woodbelly Artisan Pizza! Available 11 am – 2 pm.
Field Journaling for Amateur Naturalists
Saturday, Sept. 26th from 1 - 4:30pm
Fee: $25 members, $30 non-members
Have you ever wanted to increase and expand your daily experience of nature? Keeping a field journal is a wonderful way to perceive and then record the phenomena you see in the natural world, wherever you are. Join us for an afternoon of ideas exchange and active journaling practice, which will help you to: connect intimately with nature; develop skills and confidence in journaling techniques; and establish a personal and meaningful written record of the species, seasons and events you observe around you.
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 10, starting at 7 p.m.
Fee: Donations welcomed
Every fall migrating pint-sized Saw-whet Owls filter through Vermont unseen and unheard. We invite you to join this exciting opportunity to view these common, yet seldom-seen, birds. Follow signs from North Branch Nature Center parking lot to the banding station and be sure to dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
Champlain Lake Watch
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers, free for teens
The Champlain flyway is a corridor for tens of thousands of waterfowl that migrate through Vermont each spring and fall. We’ll search the Champlain Valley for ducks, geese, and others.
Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register
Live Caterpillar Day!
Saturday, September 19, 11 am - 4 pm
Fee: $5 nonmembers, $3 for members
Come see hundreds of native caterpillars at the NBNC. Naturalist-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! Included in the cost, by donation, is Woodbelly Artisan Pizza! Available 11 am – 2 pm.
Forest Preschool is an outdoor, exploratory, play-based program for children ages 3.5 to 6 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. Learn more and register.
Fall session begins
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