What We're All About

We're a 28-acre reserve along the North Branch of the Winooski River -- and much, much more:

butterflynoseNature Programs for All Ages - From events for preschoolers to overnight retreats for adult naturalists, we connect people of all ages to the natural world. See our programs listing for details.

Summer Nature Camps - The North Branch Nature Center has been offering fun, exciting and educational nature camps for children for more than 10 years. Catching frogs, watching hawks, following grasshoppers, making new friends - isn’t this just what a child’s summer should be?

Forest Schools - The Forest School is an outdoor-based early education program for students aged 3.5 to 7 years old.  We are guided by the belief that children should spend a large portion of the day outside, use the natural environment as our classroom, engage students with “hands-on” experiential education, and celebrate and capitalize on the countless opportunities in the day to sing, dance, imagine, explore and play! 

Trails - Walk our trail along the North Branch of the Winooski or extend your hike into Hubbard Park or North Branch River Park. You can even hook up with the East Montpelier trail network.

Naturalist Journeys Winter Lecture Series - The line-up for our fourth annual lecture and slideshow series has been announced.

Youth Naturalist/Birding Program - Are you under age 20 with an interest in birds? Join us and other teens for birding adventures near and far! Apply to join our World Series of Birding youth team.

Amphibian Monitoring Program - Become a citizen scientist and volunteer salamander crossing guard. This coming spring we'll be looking for volunteers to help monitor and protect migrating amphibians.

Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) - The ECO program is a new project that helps reconnect children with the natural world and foster stewardship in their communities.  Through collaboration with public schools, preschools, and daycare facilities, ECO helps to open the doors to the joy of learning outside in all kinds of weather.

Field Trips for Schools - Teachers can check out options for visiting school groups. It's a great opportunity to get your class out of the classroom! Or inquire about having a naturalist/educator visit your school.


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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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