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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup                         
Mondays, October 16 - November 27th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
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!

Master GardenersCentral Vermont Master Gardeners
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us for our first one-day event for gardeners and those interested in learning more about gardening, composting, and houseplants. Yes, you can garden in the off season. Learn more at the Central Vermont Master Gardeners website.

Saw-whet Owl Banding (updated dates!)
Saturday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 31 7:00 pm
Fee: Donations welcomed.
Every fall migrating pint-sized Saw-whet Owls filter through Vermont unseen and unheard. We invite you to join this exciting opportunity to view these common, yet seldom-seen, birds. Follow signs from North Branch Nature Center parking lot to the banding station and be sure to dress warmly.

Touring Kenya: A Slide Lecture by Annie Tiberio Cameron
Friday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
Join Annie for a slide-illustrated talk about the land and people of Kenya, its history, geography, and wildlife, from the coastal city of Malindi to Masaai Mara National Preserve, part of the Greater Mara Ecosystem. You’ll get a peek at the gathering of the wildebeest for their amazing semi-annual migration, as well as watch a giraffe give kisses. The traditional Kikuyu wedding ceremony joining two cross-continental families is a cultural gem, and you’re invited! Suitable for all ages.

Superbowl of Birding XV
January 2018
Winter’s premier birding competition along the New Hampshire and Massachusetts 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’re interested in joining the team. Beginners welcome!

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 for more information.

Experience Yellowstone National Park
June 2018
Plans are just starting to emerge for a North Branch Nature Center trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming next summer. Yellowstone is famous for its populations of wolves, bison and grizzlies, its otherworldly geological formations and its diverse birdlife. For more information email Chip.

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Touring Kenya: A Slide Lecture by Annie Tiberio Cameron

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Friday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

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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Trekkers & Explorers After School Programs
Wednesdays, through December 6, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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!

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Order your bird-friendly coffee through NBNC and save on shipping! You'll be supporting the Nature Center, the birds, and the farmers who grow this sustainably produced product. All orders can be picked up from the Nature Center. Click here to download an order form.

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

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