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Call 802-229-6206 for more info and to pre-register

Caterpillar Fest!
Sunday, September 25. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 for nonmembers, $8 for members and $5 kids
Come meet hundreds of native New England caterpillars at NBNC. Engaging educators from The Caterpillar Lab, including founder Sam Jaffe, will be here to tell you all about dozens of species you never knew might be hiding in your own backyards. This year, they will bring some unique and exciting early fall species. You'll meet strange and surprising slug caterpillars, camouflaged prominents that blend perfectly into leaf edges, giant silkmoth species preparing to pupate for the cold months, and more! Be sure to save the date for this unique exhibition!

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup
Running 12 weeks on Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. September 26th - December 9th.
Fee: By donation.
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.

North Branch Trekkers - After School Program
Wednesdays, September 28 to December 7, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: Pro-rated at $34 per session
Students in grades 4 through 8 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton every Wednesday afternoon as we explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills such as tracking, foraging for wild edibles, camp cooking, wildlife monitoring and much more.  Based out of the North Branch Nature Center, we’ll make frequent hikes into both Hubbard and North Branch River Parks as we explore the woods to develop a sense of place and play games that will enhance our powers of observation as well as lay the groundwork for a positive relationship with the outdoors.  For more information, call Ken at 229-6206. Note: we are looking into the possibility of running a version of Trekkers for grades 1-3. Let us know if you would be interested and stay tuned for more info!

Fall Migration Bird Walks
Friday, Sept. 30, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Fee: free for members and kids, $10 for nonmembers September is the peak of fall songbird migration, and the woods and fields along the North Branch are excellent places to witness it. Come for a morning walk to search for migrating warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes and more. Beginners welcome! Binoculars available for loan.

Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 8 & 22, starting at 7 p.m.
Fee: Donations welcomed
Every fall migrating pint-sized Saw-whet Owls filter through Vermont unseen and unheard. We invite you to join this exciting opportunity to view these common, yet seldom-seen, birds. Follow signs from North Branch Nature Center parking lot to the banding station and be sure to dress warmly.

Champlain Lake Watch
Saturday, October 22, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers, free for teens
The Champlain flyway is a corridor for tens of thousands of waterfowl that migrate through Vermont each spring and fall. We’ll search the Champlain Valley for ducks, geese, and others.

Superbowl of Birding XIV (Youth Birding)
January 2017
Winter’s premier birding competition is back! In the past, NBNC’s youth and young adult teams have tallied nearly 100 species, including gems like King Eider, Razorbill, and Snowy Owl. For any interested teens - let us know early if you’re interested in joining the team!

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

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Caterpillar Fest!
Sunday, September 25
11am - 3pm

Come meet hundreds of native New England caterpillars courtesy of the Caterpillar Lab

Forest Preschool

Forest Preschool is an outdoor, exploratory, play-based program for children ages 3.5 - 6 that empowers 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. For more info, please visit the forest preschool page. Scholarships may be available.

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

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