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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Gray JayBirdFest!
Saturday, May 31

Save the date!

Our third annual BirdFest will feature bird walks and workshops, bird carving, live raptors, a kids bird drawing contest, bird banding demos, and much more!

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Amphibian Crossing Brigades

Spring Peeper

Tuesday, 4/22
Moderate chance of rain, migration likely.

Learn more about how you can help amphibians.

Birding By Ear Mini-Course

meadowlarkTues., April 22 & 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Sat., April 26 & May 3, 7 - 11 a.m.

Identifying birds by song is one of the most useful skills you can add to your birding repertoire. In this course, we’ll learn tips and tricks to help remember the multitude of bird songs, including tools and resources to help you continue your learning beyond the course. We’ll also discuss how and why birds sing.

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Summer Camp Registration
Registration Now Open!

Summer Camp

Woods and water explorations, games, hikes, live animals, nature study, crafts, friends and fun! We've been offering fun, exciting and educational nature camps for children for nearly 15 years. Visit the camps page to register now.


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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