Programs & Events



Field Day


Winter & Spring 2015

Help us to accomodate you!
Call 802-229-6206 for more info and to pre-register


North Branch Trekkers: Afterschool Program
Thursdays, February 12th to May 14th, 3pm to 5:30pm. (not too late to join!)
Total Payment: $410 ($200 Deposit) for 12 weeks
Students in grades 4 through 7 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton for the winter/spring session of the winter/spring session of the North Branch Trekkers outdoor-based after school program. We'll explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills, tracking, and wildlife monitoring. North Branch Trekkers runs for 12 sessions with a week off for both winter and spring break. Space is limited so sign up soon! See the trekkers page for more info and registration form.

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup
Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., starting March 6
Fee: FREE!
This is an outdoor playgroup for parents, caregivers, and children ages 0 - 5. Join us for 2 hours of spontaneous play, exploration, discovery, song, nature inspired crafts, and oral story telling. Come learn about the benefits of nature connection and enjoy the community experience of time immersed in nature with your young ones. NBNC thanks The Vermont Community Foundation for making Robin's Nest possible. Learn more.

Forest Preschool
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, starting March 10
Fee: $465 for one day, $880 for two days, 12 weeks.
Forest Preschool is an outdoor, exploratory, play-based program for children ages 3.5 - 5 that emporwers children to be active in their own learning process, while providing them the means to connect to one another and the natural world in a caring way.
To learn more and to register, visit the Forest Preschool Page.

Lake Champlain Waterfowl Watch
Saturday, April 11, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers
As winter transitions into spring, thousands of geese and ducks fly along Lake Champlain as they |migrate north. We’ll spend the day visiting waterfowl hotspots in search of migrating ducks and other water loving birds.  Call to us register and learn about carpooling options.

April Vacation Nature Camp  
Monday-Wednesday, April 20,21 & 22, 8:30-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $125, member, $140, nonmember, for 3 days or
$45 member, $50 nonmember for individual days
Spring is a great time to explore the Nature Center. Join us for 1 to 3 days of spring nature adventures and activities. We'll explore the beaver and cattail ponds for egg laying amphibians, roam the fields and forest in search of returning birds, and comb the riverbanks for tracks left in the mud.  On the final day of camp, we will celebrate Earth Day through activities and projects that give back to the land. For children in grades K-3.

Woodcock Watch
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $10 nonmembers
It’s spring and love is in the air - literally! We’ll listen and watch for the dramatic courtship flight of the American Woodcock, a sandpiper which nests along the North Branch. With luck, we may also be serenaded by Wilson’s Snipe and we’re sure to hear a chorus of Spring Peepers.

Spring Migration Bird Walks
Fridays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Fee: $10, free for members
Explore NBNC for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl.  Learn birding basics, expand your birding ear and discover more about the birds that inhabit the fields and forests of NBNC. These walks are led by our teacher naturalist staff and are a great way to meet other local birders!

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 10th 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $5 kids, free for members
Come join us on a wonderful walk for all ages on this day to honor the beauty that lies within our mothers and our wildflowers.  We'll take a walk through the meadows and woods along the North Branch to view our spring flora and learn the folklore behind names of these beautiful, yet ephemeral, wildflowers.  Moms, families, plant lovers - and dads too - are invited to join us on this easy and enjoyable walk.

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

What's Next

Naturally Nicaragua
March 20 - 30

toucanIt's not too late to join NBNC's trip to Nicaragua! Experience the incredible diversity of the tropics while emmersing yourself in the culture of Nicaragua. Highlights of our 2015 trip will be:

  • Many wildlife watching opportunities
  • Homestays with Nicaraguan families in San Ramon
  • Shade-grown coffee tours, hiking, boating and birding
  • Natural history service projects with Nicaraguans
  • Outdoor adventure: hiking, swimming, kayaking, etc.
  • Visits to El Jaguar and La Hermandad Eco-lodges. 

Learn more

Forest Preschool
Spring Session begins Mar. 10

Hooded WarblerNow offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, registration is now open for Forest Preschool! Through play and nature immersion, youngsters in our program have the opportunity to develop a caring relationship with one another and the natural world, all the while using their whole body to learn with joy, excitement, and a sense of wonder.

Learn more about Forest Preschool.

Birding Cape May
May 7-11, 2015

Hooded WarblerExperience spring migration at its best! For over a decade, NBNC has taken teen groups to Cape May for the World Series of Birding, and now, we offer adults the opportunity to visit what is widely considered the 'top birding destination in the East.'

Sign up early, we expect this trip to fill! Learn more.


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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

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