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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, May 26, Middlesex Notch (directions)

BirdFEST!
Saturday, May 27, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join us for our 6th annual celebration of Birds!
Check out the whole schedule

  • 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!

Teaching Math Outdoors
with Juliet Robertson from Aberdeen Scotland.
Monday June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sliding scale fee: $75 - $100. Registration required.
Juliet is the author of Dirty Teaching: A Beginners Guide to Learning Outdoors. She has traveled all over the world delivering inspirational keynote speeches and hands on workshops about the importance of getting children outside to learn and explore.

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup (Spring Session)
Monday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., 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.

Boreal Birds at Moose Bog
Saturday, June 24, 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 spots in the Northeast Kingdom. Enjoy a breeding season outing in search of the "boreal grand slam" and other northern species. Carpool from Montpelier.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, July 15, arrive anytime from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Fee: Donations welcomed.
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. 

Moth Night                                                                 
Wednesday, July 19th, 8:30 -11:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 nonmembers, free for 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.

Butterfly Feeder & Bee Hotel Workshop
July 22, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $20 per workshop, $35 for both.                                                 
Join Dr.Jacqueline Soule, well renowned author of several books, in this double workshop for bees and butterflies!

  • Workshop #1 - Build a better world for butterflies with        flowering plants in your yard and also by building a butterfly feeder. We will build a butterfly    feeder that you can take home! 
  • Workshop # 2 - Bee hotels are homes for the calm and gentle solitary bees, not honey bees. These bee hotels help build a better world for pollinators because then the bees can spend their time pollinating plants and laying eggs   instead of building homes for their babies from scratch. 

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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AmeriCorps Educator Wanted

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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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BirdFEST!
Join us for our 6th annual celebration of Birds!

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

» Bird Walks and Workshops
» Live Raptors
» Kids Activities
» Bird Banding Demo
» Bird House Building
» Photo Contest & More!


Teaching Math Outdoors

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Monday June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 


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