North Branch Nature Center
"Connecting People of All Ages with the Natural World"

North Branch Nature Center is a nexus of education, natural history, and citizen science in central Vermont, serving 10,000 visitors annually. For twenty years, NBNC has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild.

Our 28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier. North Branch is firefly light sparkling in a child’s eye. It is a circle of naturalists exploring the secrets of warblers and willows. And it is a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply relax beside the river.

Now Hiring Summer Field Staff!

North Branch Nature Center is seeking qualified individuals to teach and lead campers ages 4 to 14 
during our 2018 summer camp season. Responsibilities include teaching lessons in natural history 
and field studies as well as leading group games, arts and crafts, sensory awareness activities, 
storytelling and singing.   As part of the camp staff team, you will also serve as a mentor to 
Counselors in Training.  All staff will participate in a 5 day pre-camp staff training. As a staff 
member at NBNC, you hold a position of great responsibility for the success of our summer day 
camp programs. Your warmth, enthusiasm, willingness to share knowledge, and sensitivity to the 
needs of each camper profoundly influences every day of camp. We are looking for staff prospects 
that not only fulfill these criteria, but also have a genuine love for nature and the outdoors.

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Featured Upcoming Events
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Film Screening: A Natural History of Vermont
Thursday, March 15th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Distilling an entire year in Vermont's fields and forests, A Natural History of Vermont showcases the fellow beings you can meet by just going outside. The beauty of nature at all scales reveals itself in original music, natural soundscapes, and immersive visuals, all by composer and first-time filmmaker James McNamara. This new, wordless film is a meditative journey through our Green Mountain State. An optional Q&A with the filmmaker follows the screening. Runtime approx. 90 minutes (not recommended for young children). Admission by donation. Watch the Trailer

Winter Birding in the Champlain Valley 
Saturday, March 17th7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
The Champlain Valley is one of New England’s best inland destinations for March birding. We’ll search Lake Champlain and surrounding habitats for ducks, eagles, gulls and other early spring highlights. Fee: $35 NBNC members, $50 non-members. More Info

Amphibian Monitoring Public Training Night 
Wednesday, March 21st, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Salamanders and frogs migrate by the thousands from forests to wetlands each spring, often crossing our roads at great peril. These seldom-seen amphibians radiate charisma, color, inspiration, and moxie on even the rainiest April nights. But they need our help! Join NBNC and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies for this evening presentation about our local amphibians. Learn how you, your family, or your students can find and enjoy these cryptic migration corridors safely. Find out about ongoing amphibian research at NBNC and VCE, and how you can get involved with amphibian citizen science. Free!

Birding Spain
November 8th – November 18th, 2018


Join us for an extraordinary 11 day birding tour of Spain! Led by Chip Darmstadt, in conjunction with Birdwatching Spain. We’ll explore the many birding hotspots of eastern and central Spain, including Albufera de Valencia Natural Park, the Alicante Mountains, Sierra de Guara and much more. (Learn more)

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

Open Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
Trails open every day
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