Programs & Events



Field Day


Fall 2015

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


Robins Nest Nature Playgroup
Mondays, starting Sept. 14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fee: free, donations welcomed
Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup offers parents, caregivers and children ages birth to five 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.

Fall Migration Bird Walks
Friday, Oct. 2, 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 10, 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 and bring a flashlight.

Champlain Lake Watch
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 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.

Living with Vermont’s Black Bears
Thursday, November 5, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Come learn abut bear ecology, behavior, and the challenges of living with and managing Vermont’s black bear population with wildlife biologist Forrest Hammond. Before joining Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Forrest studied black bear and grizzly bear in Wyoming, and is currently the leader of the Department’s black bear program.

Bats, White-nose Syndrome, and Citizen Science
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Come learn about Vermont’s nine species of bats, including fascinating facts about their biology and behavior, with Alyssa Bennett of Vermont Fish & Wildlife. Hear about White-nose Syndrome, how our various species are doing, and research, conservation, and recovery efforts. Then find out how citizens in Vermont are helping bats and learn what you can do in your own backyard.

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

What's Next

Forest Preschool


Forest Preschool is an outdoor, exploratory, play-based program for children ages 3.5 to 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. Learn more and register.

Fall session begins
September 1


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

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