Programs & Events



Field Day


Summer & Fall 2014

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North Branch Trekkers Afterschool Program
Thursdays, September 18th to December 11th, 3pm to 5:30pm.
Total Payment: $410 ($200 Deposit)
North Branch Nature Center is pleased to offer the North Branch Trekkers outdoor-based after school program.  Students in grades 4 through 7 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton every Thursday afternoon as we explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills, tracking, and wildlife monitoring.  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. Learn more.

Fall Migration Bird Walks
Fridays, Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 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.

Robins Nest Nature Playgroup
Fridays, Sept. 19 - Dec. 12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fee: free, by donation
Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup offers parents, caregivers and children ages birth - 5 years an opportunity to play outside and discover the sights, sounds, and sensations of the forests and fields at the NBNC. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play. NBNC thanks The Turrell Fund for their support in making this program possible.

*The Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a program that is based entirely outdoors. The NBNC teacher naturalists will discuss with parents and caregivers how to dress for the weather and how we support playing and learning outdoors in all types of weather. Be prepared with water and mud proof clothing!

Naturally Nicaragua: Info Session
Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
Learn more about our Naturally Nicaragua, our international trip where participants experience the nature and culture of Nicaragua! Join trip leaders Larry Clarfeld and Beth Merrill for a slideshow preview of the trip and an opportunity to meet other prospective participants and ask questions.

Mysteries of Monarchs: A Benefit for North Branch Nature Center
Sunday, September 28, 2-5 p.m.
Location: 1842 Barnes Hill Road, Waterbury Center, VT
Fee: Before 3pm, FREE; after 3pm, $30 family, $20 individual
Join Laura Fried at her home, rain or shine, to support NBNC! At 2pm, join educators for a FREE bug and butterfly walk. At 3pm, join us for food, drink, and a raffle! At 4pm, Larry Clarfeld will give a presentation on monarchs and NBNC's various research initiatives.

ORSOnion River 8k Trail Race
Saturday, October 11
Races begin at 9:30 a.m., registration opens at 8:30
Fee: $15 in advance, $20 day-of, $5 for kids race
In collaboration with Onion River Sports, NBNC will be hosting our third annual 8k trail race. Join us for an adventuresome run on the trails at NBNC and support nature while having fun and staying healthy. We'll have a race for the kids, too! Register online or contact Onion River Sports for more information at

Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 11, 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.

Beginner Naturalist Mini-Course: Waterfowl 101
Wednesdays, October 15 & 22, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. &
Saturday, October 25, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $125 members, $150 nonmembers
Thousands of young ‘water birds’, on their inaugural trip south, offer stunning displays but also pose challenges to the people who observe them. In this course, we’ll learn about the biology and behavior of ducks, geese, herons, and other water-loving birds as well as how to identify and observe them.

Champlain Lake Watch
Saturday, October 25, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $40 members, $50 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.

Lecture Series: Water World
Dates: The first 3 Thursdays of November, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 donations welcome
With extreme drought facing much of the nation, we sometimes take for granted the plentiful supply of water we have in Vermont. In this mini-series, we’ll explore some of the issues of water and water quality that face Vermont’s rivers and lakes as well as the opportunities they afford for
recreation and wildlife.

November 6 – The Hidden North Branch
Come learn about the North Branch of the Winooski River and how the Vermont River Conservancy is protecting it. Learn about the amazing swimming holes, the important flood plains, the white water paddling stretches, and how river science, land conservation, and recreational
enjoyment all make this beautiful place so special.

November 13 – Vermont’s ‘Great’ Lake
Lake Champlain is the largest body of water in Vermont, and is also facing some of the largest threats of all our aquatic resources. Mike Winslow, staff scientist with the Lake Champlain Committee, will discuss the natural history of the lake as well as conservation issues including pollution, invasive species, blue-green algae, and more.

November 20 – Origin of Vermont’s Fishes -
Why They Are Where They Are

Rich Langdon, and aquatic
biologist with Vermont DEC, will describe when and how “native” fishes made their way back into Vermont in the wake of vast meltwater lakes and rivers formed by the retreating glaciers some 10-15 thousand years ago. The origin of non-native species will also be discussed.

Birding Cape Ann & Plum Island
Friday - Sunday, November 14 - 16
Fee: $520 single; $390 double (per person); $40 member discount available
Winter birdlife on the New England coast is invigorating, and there is no better place to experience it than Cape Ann. See some of winter’s best birds before the cold of winter takes full grip. Target species include Harlequin Duck, Razorbill, Black Guillimot, Snowy Owl, King Eider, and many more. Trip fee includes lodging and guiding (not transportation or food). Space is limited, registration deadline is October 1, register soon!

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

What's Next

Fall Programs Announced!


From butterfly tagging to bird walks, this fall's programs are being updated and posted online!

Naturally Nicaragua
March 20-30, 2015


Visit the Naturally Nicaragua page for more info
And join us for the info session on Sept. 25

Onion River 8k Trail Race
Registration NOW OPEN!


Please join us for our 3rd annual trail race!
Also, don't forget the kid's race!


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