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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We're Hiring!

Red SquirrelA special opportunity is now available for a well-rounded, dedicated naturalist who seeks to share their passion for living things with people of all ages. The North Branch Nature Center is seeking an outgoing and outstanding naturalist, who has the skills to engage the public in the field, in the lecture hall, online, and with the force of the written word.

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Forest Preschool

Forest Preschool

NBNC is proud to announce that we will be offering a Full-time Forest Preschool
for the 2017-18 school year.

Click here for more information
To register, click here

Chestnut-sided WarblerBuy "Bird-Friendly"

Order your bird-friendly coffee through NBNC and save on shipping! You'll be supporting the Nature Center, the birds, and the farmers who grow this sustainably produced product. All orders can be picked up from the Nature Center. Click here to download an order form.

Special Promotion: Anyone who places a Birds and Beans coffee order in the month of September will be eligible to win an autographed copy of Scott Weidensaul's Peterson Owl Guide. To learn more about the our Bird-Friendly coffee club, click here.


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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