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Winter 2014


Help us to accomodate you!
Call 802-229-6206 for more info and to pre-register

 

Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes
Friday, Jan. 30, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $10 nonmembers
Under a full moon and surrounded by sparkling snow, let’s snowshoe by lunar light! Night activities will illuminate how wildlife survives the long nights of winter.  Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided.

Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series
Naked in Norway: Backpacking Above the Arctic Circle
Friday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Fee: $5 suggested donation
In the Arctic, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein discover that Willow Ptarmigans utter the craziest song ever, that a cloudberry tastes like an apricot-mango smoothie, that the planet is warming, and that the eternal sun exposes profound beauty and biodiversity so far north of the Equator.

North Branch Trekkers: Afterschool Program
Thursdays, February 12th to May 14th, 3pm to 5:30pm.
Total Payment: $410 ($200 Deposit) for 12 weeks
Students in grades 4 through 7 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton for the winter/spring session of the winter/spring session of the North Branch Trekkers outdoor-based after school program. We'll explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills, tracking, and wildlife monitoring. North Branch Trekkers runs for 12 sessions with a week off for both winter and spring break. Space is limited so sign up soon! See the trekkers page for more info and registration form.

Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series
Avian Conservation in the Caribbean thrasher
Friday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Fee: $5 suggested donation
Kate Freeman spent two breeding seasons in St. Lucia, West Indies, studying the behavior and survival of an endangered songbird — the White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus). This West Indian endemic, found solely on the islands of Martinique and St. Lucia, is threatened by development and habitat loss. Freeman's research examines cooperative breeding behavior, in the context of conservation, for this species.

Winter Wonders: Vacation Nature Camp
Mon.- Fri., Feb. 23 - 27, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $210 members, $230 nonmembers for 5 days or
$45 member, $50 nonmember for individual days
Come join us for a few days of wintry nature adventures and explorations. We’ll see winter birds, track wild mammals, learn about winter survival and build a fire.  And of course, camp wouldn’t be complete without playing in the snow! Come for all 5 days or pick your favorites. For children grades 1 - 3.

Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series
ICE SHIP: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram
Friday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Fee: $5 suggested donation
In the golden age of polar exploration, over 100 years ago, many an expedition set out to answer the big question: what exists beyond the barrier of ice in the Arctic Ocean? No one knew, for the ice had kept its secret well. Norway’s charismatic scientist-explorer Fridtjof Nansen, convinced that it was a frozen ocean, intended to prove it in a novel if risky way: by building a ship capable of withstanding the ice, drifting wherever it took them, on a relentless one-way journey into discovery and fame . . . or oblivion. Join former Vermont State Naturalist Charles Johnson as he discusses the journeys of this vessel, the topic of his latest book: ICE SHIP.

Forest Preschool
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, starting March 10
Fee: $465 for one day, $880 for two days, 12 weeks.
Forest Preschool is an outdoor, exploratory, play-based program for children ages 3.5 - 5 that emporwers 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.
To learn more and to register, visit the Forest Preschool Page.

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

What's Next


Naturalist Journeys Lectures

Next Lecture:
Naked in Norway
Backpacking Above the Arctic Circle

Prairie WarblerIn the Arctic, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein discover that Willow Ptarmigans utter the craziest song ever, that a cloudberry tastes like an apricot-mango smoothie, that the planet is warming, and that the eternal sun exposes profound beauty and biodiversity so far north of the Equator.

Read more.

Friday, February 6, 7:00 p.m.
at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier


Forest Preschool
Spring Session begins Mar. 10

Hooded WarblerNow offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, registration is now open for Forest Preschool! Through play and nature immersion, youngsters in our program have the opportunity to develop a caring relationship with one another and the natural world, all the while using their whole body to learn with joy, excitement, and a sense of wonder.

Learn more about Forest Preschool.


Birding Cape May
May 7-11, 2015

Hooded WarblerExperience spring migration at its best! For over a decade, NBNC has taken teen groups to Cape May for the World Series of Birding, and now, we offer adults the opportunity to visit what is widely considered the 'top birding destination in the East.'

Sign up early, we expect this trip to fill! Learn more.


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