Programs & Events

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Call 802-229-6206 for more info and to pre-register

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup
Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. December 6th - December 9th.
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.

North Branch Trekkers - After School Program
Wednesdays, November 30 to December 7, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: Pro-rated at $34 per session
Students in grades 4 through 8 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton every Wednesday afternoon as we explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills such as tracking, foraging for wild edibles, camp cooking, wildlife monitoring and much more.  Based out of the North Branch Nature Center, 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.  For more information, call Ken at 229-6206.

Winter Whispers session
For children ages 4 - 6
10 weeks: Thursday or Friday. December 8 to February 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $480 for one day.
Winter Whispers is a program that supports children’s innate curiosity and individual learning process through play, art, and exploration of natural world in the frosty months of January and February. Children will spend a portion of every morning outdoors discovering winter's many wonders. In addition, our program offers time to cozy up indoors for winter related stories, songs, art as well as exploration of Vermont wildlife’s winter habits.

Plainfield Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 17
Join us for the 56th annual Plainfield CBC! We'll spend the day performing a census of our winter birds. The count circle includes parts of Plainfield, Calais, East Montpelier, Marshfield, Montpelier, and Barre. The day concludes with a potluck dinner. Learn more.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike!
Saturday, January 14, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Members $5, nonmembers $10.
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.

Starry, Starry Night
Friday, January 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
(cloud date - Saturday, January 21)
Fee: $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers.
Come explore the planets and the moon, seek out nebulas and galaxies, and learn the constellations of winter. We’ll view the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, and maybe even the Crab Nebula through a telescope. Dress warmly, bring the whole family, and be prepared to be dazzled by the winter night sky. Pre-registration is not required.

Ice On Fire
Sunday, January 29, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Suggested Donation is $5/family, $3/adult, and $1/child.
Come one, come all to Ice on Fire, a celebration of the warmth of community in the depth of winter with song, theater, stories, winter games and great food. It begins at 2 p.m. with a puppet processional parade and opening ceremony calling in the four directions, and closes at 5 p.m. with a bonfire. Volunteers needed. Contact Alec or Geoff at 223-7335 or Janice at 595-4296.

Superbowl of Birding XIV (Youth Birding)
January 28, 2017
Superbowl of Birding (for youth) Winter’s premier birding competition is back! In the past, NBNC’s youth and young adult teams have tallied nearly 100 species, including gems like King Eider, Razorbill, and Snowy Owl. For any interested teens, let us know early if you are interested in joining the team!

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: TBD.
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.

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.

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

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Winter Whispers

Winter Whisperers

Dec. 8 -  Feb. 24
Thursday or Friday from 9 - 1 p.m.
for children ages 4-6

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