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.




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Featured Upcoming Events
See our calendar for many more programs!

57th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 16th
For over a century, thousands of birdwatchers nationwide have donned snow boots and binoculars to scour their hometowns to document and enjoy resident winter birds. This annual tradition has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. Beginners welcome! Learn more

Getting Gulls: A Workshop and Virtual Field Trip with Bryan Pfeiffer
Thursday, December 217-8 p.m. 
(With optional extra hour of advanced gull ID)
Suggested donation of $10 to NBNC
They are among the most successful birds onthe planet, living everywhere from the polar regions to parking lots, along shorelines or at sewage ponds. They can be elegant or brutish, ambitious or lazy. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, these birds can be notoriously hard to identify. Yet in this workshop you will finally be “getting gulls.” Bryan’s system for gull identification will even help demystify one birdwatching’s greatest challenges: immature gulls. With Bryan’s images, videos, exuberance, and sense of humor, you’ll become a better birdwatcher — maybe even a better person.

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)

Friday, January 26 to Saturday, January 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

Birding North of the Border
Sat, Feb 10th, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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

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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