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


We're a small preserve with a big heart at a gentle bend in the North Branch of the Winooski River.

For more than a decade North Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital.

North Branch is firefly light sparkling in a child's eye. It is a lecture hall where we learn the secrets of warblers and willows and weather. And it is a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply to do nothing beside the river.

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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.

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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

Winter Whisperers


A Weekly Drop-off Program
For Young Children

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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.

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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