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
See our calendar for many more programs!

Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series
Fridays 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at NBNC
Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Mar 2
Suggested donation of $10 to NBNC
Join us for our annual winter event series featuring expert naturalists and scientists sharing their studies from the wildest corners of the world! Admission by donation at the door.
See our full lineup!

Superbowl of Birding XV
(a trip for youth and teens)

Fri, Jan 26 to Sat, Jan 27.
Winter’s premier birding competition is back! Past NBNC’s youth and young adult teams have tallied nearly 100 species in this adventure to the New Hampshire and Massachusetts coast, including gems like Razorbill, King Eider, and Snowy Owl. For any interested teens - let us know early if you’re interested in joining the team. Beginner birdwatchers and naturalists welcome! More Info and Registration

Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes 
Wed, Jan 31, and Sat, Mar 3. 7 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. More info and Sign-up

Birding North of the Border
Sat, Feb 10th, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $45 NBNC members, $60 nonmembers
Grab your binoculars and passport on this day trip over the border in search of Quebec’s rare winter birds. The Montreal region regularly hosts exciting boreal and subarctic treasures like Great Gray Owls, Snowy Owls, unusual gulls, longspurs, winter finches, and vagrant waterfowl. More Info and Registration

Evening Program: "Tracking Tips and Tales from the Trail" 
Thurs, Feb 15, 7:00 p.m. 
The lives of our wild neighbors are written across the landscape for those who learn the language of tracking. This talk will offer a deep dive into the process of interpreting the tracks and sign of our local mammal species. Through photos and videos, we'll build an understanding of track morphology, gaits, and habitat needs of the animals you'll encounter in winter. You'll walk away knowing what questions to ask to decipher your next trail, plus tips and tricks to take your tracking to the next level. Presented by Sophie Mazowita, founder of the Burlington Tracking Project and Admission by donation ($5-10 suggested).

Cape Ann Birding and Boat Trip
Friday, March 9th, 5:00 p.m. -  Sunday, March 11th, 5:00 p.m.
Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is a worldwide destination for winter seabirds. We'll join a morning pelagic boat trip with expert guides in search of hard-to-find offshore regulars like Razorbills, Dovekies, Murres, Kittiwakes, Scoters, and even Skuas. Our search then continues from land as we canvas the coastline for rare sea ducks and gulls in the afternoon. Sign up early, as space is limited!
More Info and Registration


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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