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!

Putting the “Vermont”
Back Into Vermont Children

Place-Based Education Workshop
for K - 6 Teachers


featuring David Sobel and Jennifer Kramer
Saturday, March 10, 9am - 3pm
(Learn More)

Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series:
Geology of the Winooski Valley

Friday, March 2 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at NBNC
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!

Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes 
Saturday, March 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


"Salamander Sky" Book Launch
Saturday, March 10, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the publication of the new picture book, Salamander Sky, written by Katy Farber and illustrated by Meg Sodano. Every spring, the first steady, warm rain brings the migration of thousands of spotted salamanders to ponds and pools, often across busy roads. Salamander Sky features a mother and daughter who go out on a rainy night to help the salamanders cross the road safely. This dramatic, full-color, picture book introduces the reader to the elusive spotted salamander and the perilous nighttime journey that takes place every spring. Amphibians worldwide desperately need protection. This book is a valuable tool for getting children engaged in conservation. At this event you'll also learn how to get involved in amphibian monitoring work at NBNC and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.


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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