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Field Day


Summer 2014

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Summer Bug Walks
Tuesdays, July 22, August 12 & 26
Arrive any time between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 nonmembers, $3 members
Our most abundant group of animals at NBNC are the insects. They’re fun to catch, easy to observe, and offer endless opportunities for new discovery. Bring your net and join us for a bug walk at NBNC!

Bugs for Beginners: Entomology Mini-Course (cancelled)
Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and
Sunday, July 27, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $150 members, $165 nonmembers
With over 15,000 different species of insects in
Vermont, the diversity might feel overwhelming to a beginner naturalist. But these tiny creatures are as fascinating as any vertebrate and in this mini-course we’ll delve into their ecology and natural history with a focus on the local fauna of central Vermont. Please click here for a course description.

Mesmerizing Moths
Wednesday, July 23, 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. and
Tuesday, August 19, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 nonmembers, $3 members
As soon as the sun goes down, an incredibly diverse group of insects fill the night with color: the moths. Emeralds, loopers, underwings, darts, owlets, and so many more miraculous moths will visit our light station as we dazzle in the dizzying variety of species in celebration of National Moth Week.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, July 26, anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fee: Donations welcome
Get a behind the scenes glimpse of banding in action. We catch, measure and band a variety of songbirds to study their survivorship and reproductive success. A rare chance to see beautiful birds up close.

Live Caterpillar Zoo!
Saturday, July 26, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, $3 children
Come see hundreds of native caterpillars at the North Branch Nature Center.  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. Over 200 people attended last year’s Caterpillar Zoo, so this year’s show is not to be missed!

Starry, Starry Night
Monday, July 28, 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 nonmembers, $3 members
Enjoy an evening of stargazing and meteor watching. Both the Delta Aquarids and Alpha Capricornids meteor showers will be peaking, and we’ll check out the rings of Saturn through a telescope. Bring a lawn chair, some binoculars and bug repellent.

Monarch Butterfly Tagging
Wednesdays, starting August 27, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Fee: $5 nonmembers, $3 members
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.

North Branch Trekkers Afterschool Program
Thursdays, September 18th to December 11th, 3pm to 5:30pm.
Total Payment: $410 ($200 Deposit)
North Branch Nature Center is pleased to offer the North Branch Trekkers outdoor-based after school program.  Students in grades 4 through 7 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.  We’ll make frequent hikes into both Hubbard and North Branch River Parks as we explore the woods to develop a sense of place and play games that will enhance our powers of observation as well as lay the groundwork for a positive relationship with the outdoors. Learn more.

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

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Live Caterpillar Day!
Saturday, July 26

The LARGEST, spiniest, WACKY, WEIRD, and deceptive caterpillars you never knew were hiding in your own backyards.
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Summer Camp

Woods and water explorations, games, hikes, live animals, nature study, crafts, friends and fun! We've been offering fun, exciting and educational nature camps for children for nearly 15 years.Visit the camps page to register now.

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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

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