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Naturalist Journeys
Native Bee Conservation in Vermont & Beyond
Friday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. (at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier)
Admission by Donation
Leif Richardson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gund Institute, UVM Vermont has 250+ species of native bees, many of which are important pollinators of wild and cultivated plants. These wild bee species may be threatened by land use change, pesticides, disease, climate change, and competition with honey bees. Leif will discuss how we know when insect species are of conservation concern, and recent efforts to protect declining bee pollinators in Vermont and beyond.

Naturalist Journeys
The Effects of Land Use Changes on Furbearer Populations in Vermont
Friday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. (at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier)
Admission by Donation
Kimberly Royar, Wildlife Biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will walk through the history of land use in Vermont since pre-settlement times and discuss how changes to the distribution of forests, farms, and development have influenced the populations of species like bobcat, beaver, wolves, coyotes, lynx and marten. 

Forest Preschool: Spring session
For children ages 3.5 - 6
12 weeks: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
March 7 to June 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $580 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 providing them the means to connect to one another and the natural world in a caring way.

North Branch Trekkers & Explorers - After School Programs
Wednesdays, March 8 to May 31, 3 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! Learn more and download a registration form.

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup (Spring Session)
Mondays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., March 13 - June 5. 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.

How to Get the Most out of eBird
Friday, March 17, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for nonmembers
eBird is a wonderful tool for keeping track of your bird sightings, as well as researching the observations of others all around the world. We’ll demonstrate how to get the most out of eBird, whether you’d like to document your own sightings or learn how use eBird as a tool for researching your next birding trip outside of Vermont. No prior experience with eBird required. Bring a laptop, if you have one!

Champlain Valley Birding
Saturday, March 18, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $35 nonmembers
The Champlain Valley is a corridor for thousands of waterfowl that migrate through Vermont each spring. We'll search Lake Champlain and surrounding habitats for ducks, geese, raptors, early migrating songbirds and lingering winter species. Carpool from Montpelier (or other location).

Boreal Birds at Moose Bog
Saturday, April 8, 7:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $35 nonmembers
Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee and Spruce Grouse beckon from Moose Bog and other birding hotspots in the Northeast Kingdom. Enjoy a pre-blackfly season outing in search of the "boreal grand slam" and other northern species. Carpool from Montpelier.

Nature’s Paint & Paintbrush
Saturday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sliding scale fee: $75-$100
Join Nick Neddo, artist, author, naturalist, primitive skills educator and craftsman, for a hands-on workshop on the ancient process of crafting local materials into paint and paintbrushes. Learn all about pigments, binders, various kinds of paint and some rustic, yet elegant options for making paintbrushes.

April Vacation Nature Camp - Grades K-3
Monday-Wednesday, April 17, 18, 19, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $125 member, $140 nonmember for 3 days
or $45 member, $50 nonmember for individual days.
Spring is a great time to explore the Nature Center. Join us for 1 to 3 days of spring nature adventures and activities. We will learn how to make art using natural materials, explore the fields and forest for signs of wildlife, try our hands at wild edible cooking and give back to the land in celebration of Earth Day!

Woodcock Watch
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $10 nonmembers
It’s spring and love is in the air - literally! We will listen and watch for the dramatic courtship flight of the American Woodcock, a sandpiper which nests along the North Branch. With luck, we may also be serenaded by Wilson’s Snipe and we’re sure to hear a chorus of Spring Peepers.

Charcoal Artist Sticks
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sliding scale fee: $75-$100
Join Nick Neddo, artist, author, naturalist, primitive skills educator and craftsman, for a hands-on workshop on the ancient process of crafting local materials into charcoal artist sticks. This workshop introduces charcoal as an ancient and modern drawing medium and quickly launches into the process of making it directly from the local landscape. Afterwards, we will explore the medium’s potential with some time for drawing.

Spring Migration Bird Walks
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.
     Friday, April 28, NBNC
     Saturday, May 6, Cow Pasture (directions)
     Friday, May 19, NBNC
     Friday, May 26, Middlesex Notch (directions)

Berlin Pond Birding
Saturday, April 29, 6:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Fee: $20 members, $25 nonmembers
Berlin Pond and the surrounding area, is a great location for migrating song birds, waterfowl, loons, herons, and much more! Call us to register and learn about carpooling options.

hooded warblerMigration at Magee Marsh
Friday, May 5 - Friday, May 12
Fee: $1,650 (sharing a double); $2,250 (single room)
Magee Marsh in Ohio is a prime destination for birders looking to experience the marvels of warbler migration in spring. Three dozen species of warblers have been recorded in the area and plenty of shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl only help to sweeten the experience. The sheer number of individual birds and their close proximity (no warbler neck!) are a thrill to behold. Vermonters will also appreciate the western/southern species that range east to Ohio, including Trumpeter Swan, Prothonotary and Hooded Warblers, Lark and Henslow's Sparrows. Trip fee includes lodging, van transportation in Ohio, continental breakfast and guiding (but not airfare or other food). $250 deposit upon registration.

World Series of Birding
May - 11-14
(beginners welcome!) A decade old NBNC tradition, we have had both youth and young adult teams compete in this event. Cape May, NJ in spring is birding at its finest. Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak are just a few of the many species we are likely to see. Please contact NBNC to see how you can participate.

Spring Wild Edible Workshop
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person, pre-registration required.
A veritable smorgasbord of edible plants are springing up across our fields and forests this time of year. We will cover tips and tricks to incorporate these wild foods into your regular diet and some ways to extend the harvest.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Join us for our 6th annual celebration of Birds!

  • Bird Walks and Workshops
  • Live Raptors
  • Kids Activities
  • Bird Banding Demo
  • Bird House Building
  • Photo Contest & More!
  • $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, Free for KIDS!

And stay tuned for details about an upcoming birding trip to Ecuador in 2018!

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

What's Next

Naturalist Journeys
Lecture and Slideshow Series

Coming Up Next:


Native Bee Conservation
in Vermont & Beyond

Friday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.
at the Unitarian Chuch of Montpelier

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.

Click here for more information
Open House on Feb. 18th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Summer Camp Registration
Now Open!

summer camp

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Eco Institute

Eco Institute

Graduate course registration OPEN NOW!

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