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Forest Preschool
North Branch Nature Center is pleased to announce that Forest Preschool will be opening its doors as a licensed school this September with hours, Monday - Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Forest Preschool is an outdoor,  exploratory, play-based program for 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.

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup                         
Running 12 weeks on Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (note change in time), starting September 11th and ending November 27th. This in an outdoor playgroup for parents, children, and children ages 0-5. Join us for 2 hours of  spontaneous play, exploration, discovery, song, nature  inspired art, and oral storytelling. This playgroup offers a community experience that models ways in which the    natural environment can be used as a tool for child-led learning and play. Donations welcomed.   *This playgroup is based entirely outdoors. Please be prepared with water, snack, and warm clothing that is suitable for getting wet and dirty!

Trekkers & Explorers After School Programs
Wednesdays, September 20 to December 6, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $410 (includes $200 deposit)
Every Wednesday after school, students can join North Branch Explorers (1st - 3rd grade) and Trekkers (4th - 8th grade) as we immerse ourselves in the mysteries of the natural world, practicing outdoor living skills such as    tracking, foraging for wild edibles, camp cooking, building shelters, telling stories, playing games, and much more. Our adventures will be crafted from the curiosities of the children, allowing them to develop a sense of place while exploring the landscape through direct interaction and play. With wonder we'll wander!

CaterpillarFest!
Saturday, September 30.11:00 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! Food & beverage provided by Woodbellly Pizza and local donors.

cockoftherockAmazing Ecuador: Birding in Paradise
March 18 - 31, 2018
Price: TBA
Spend 14 days birding in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Over 1,500 species of birds call Ecuador home, including a whopping 134 hummingbird species alone. We will cover everything from the paramo grassland above tree line to lush tropical rainforest, visiting renowned birding areas including Yanacocha, Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Cabanas San Isidro and Guacamayos Ridge. We pay a special visit to Paz de las Aves, where Andean Cock-of-the-Rock display and several species of antpitta show up looking for a handout of worms every morning. We will also descend into the lowlands, where we’ll   travel by boat from Coca, down the Napo River to the remote Sani Lodge. With birds like the Shining Sunbeam, Sword-billed Hummingbird and Toucan Barbet, we will truly be birding in paradise! Please contact Chip at chip@NorthBranchNatureCenter.org for more information.

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Forest Preschool

Forest Preschool

NBNC is proud to announce that we will be offering a Full-time Forest Preschool
for the 2017-18 school year.

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CaterpillarFest!
Saturday, Sep. 30.11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Featuring the LARGEST, spiniest, WACKY, WEIRD, and deceptive species you never knew were hiding in your own backyards


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