Programs & Events



Field Day


Spring 2015

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


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.

April Vacation Nature Camp  (full, waitlist only)
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!

KGBenefit Concert with Keith Greeninger
Saturday, May 2, doors open 5:30, concert starts 6:30
at at Fresh Tracks Farm, Winery and Vineyard
Fee: $20 per ticket
Although Vermont is home to beautiful and accessible green spaces, children in our state are spending less and less time playing and learning outdoors. In order to maintain the health and vibrancy of our children, community and environment, kids need regular experiences immersed nature. Join us in making a commitment to children and nature connection by donating to the Kids Need Nature Scholarship Fund. For tickets, call NBNC at 229-6206 or stop by or at Onion River Sports on Langdon Street, Montpelier.

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 10, 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.

YEWABirdFest 2015!
Saturday, May 30, 7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Early morning bird walks
  • Bird banding demonstrations
  • Bird drawing and photography contests
  • Bird carving demonstrations

Learn more about our 4th annual festival celebrating birds at NBNC!


Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

What's Next

Benefit Concert
with Keith Greeninger

Saturday, May 2
at Fresh Tracks Farm, Winery and Vineyard

KHDoors open 5:30, concert starts 6:30, Join us in making a commitment to children and nature connection by donating to the Kids Need Nature Scholarship Fund. For tickets, call NBNC at 229-6206 or stop by or at Onion River Sports on Langdon Street, Montpelier.

Amphibian Rescue & Monitoring

SPSAEach spring, thousands of frogs and salamanders migrate to vernal pools to breed. That migration sometimes forces them to travel across dangerous roads where they risk being struck and killed.

Learn more about how you can help.

BirdFest 2015!
Saturday, May 30

This spring, explore the fascinating world of birds. 

  • yellow warblerWalks with expert birders
  • Live raptor demos
  • Bluebird box making
  • Bird banding demos
  • Birding in Kazakhstan presentation
  • Kid's Activity Tent
  • ...and more!
See the full schedule

Summer Camp 2015
Registration NOW OPEN!

summerWoods and water explorations, games, hikes, live animals, nature study, crafts, friends and fun! The North Branch Nature Center has been offering fun, exciting and educational nature camps for children for nearly 15 years. Catching frogs, watching hawks, following katydids, making new friends - isn’t this just what a child’s summer should be?

Visit our summer camps page to learn more.

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.

North Branch Trekkers
Afterschool Program

Students in grades 4 through 7 can join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton for the winter/spring session of the winter/spring sxession 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.


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Chestnut-sided WarblerBuy "Bird-Friendly"

Order your bird-friendly coffee through NBNC and save on shipping! You'll be supporting the Nature Center, the birds, and the farmers who grow this sustainably produced product. All orders can be picked up from the Nature Center. Click here to download an order form.

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and learn more ways you can support NBNC




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

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