North Branch Nature Center bug watch

Our 28 acres offer a wide menu of opportunities for Vermonters of all ages to play, study, and explore in nature!

North Branch Nature Center building

Thanks to capital campaign donors, our newly-expanded, net-zero facility features a beautiful community room with space for lectures, classes, art showings, meetings, and community gatherings.

North Branch Nature Center kids

Our distinguished nature-based education programs immerse children in extraordinary learning environments with an acclaimed, innovative teaching team.

North Branch Nature Center river

As Central Vermont’s headquarters for natural history education, we offer expert presentations, field trips, and seminars to enrich your understanding of the natural world.

North Branch Nature Center beaver

From amphibian monitoring to bird research, North Branch Nature Center studies and protects local wildlife with the support of passionate volunteer scientists.

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Connecting People of All Ages with Nature

North Branch Nature Center connects people with environmental education, natural history, and citizen science. More than 10,000 people visit NBNC to be in touch with the sights, sounds, and sensations of the natural world.

Our 28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier. NBNC is the delight in the eyes of children as they watch fireflies in a field.  NBNC is a group of naturalists exploring the secrets of warblers and willows. And it's a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply relax beside the river.

There is much to explore. Please join us.


NBNC News Watch

VT Master Naturalist - Now accepting applications!

We are now accepting applications for participants in the 2019-2020 cohort of our Vermont Master Naturalist chapter. This five-part training in natural history and local ecology is the perfect way to grow your naturalist skills, while developing the foundations to be a conservation advocate and steward in your hometown. More Information.

Birding Costa Rica - Space Open!

Two spaces have just opened up on our birding trip to Costa Rica. Join us November 10 -23 in the land of resplendent quetzales, toucans, and macaws! More Info
Looking for more tropical birding? Start 2020 in the rainforest on our Birding Panama trip!

Adventures Afar - Announcing 2020 & 2021 trips

From grizzlies along the Katmai coast of Alaska, to giraffes in the heart of South Africa, NBNC promises life-changing Adventures Afar. Check out our newly-announced 2020 and 2021 trips!

BirdFest! - September 7th

Come celebrate our feathered friends in this annual summer festival for all ages and interests.  September 7th, 7 am - 2 pm. Learn More!

Robins Nest

The River's Edge Blog

From STEM to Salamanders: CCV/Nature Center Partnership Supports Science

Check out this article about our work with the Community College of Vermont, just featured in their NOW News Magazine! Kudos to CCV alum and ...
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Salamanders and Citizen Science

Rachel Mirus' Scientific Vermont Blog features NBNC's Amphibian Road Crossing Program this month. Head over to her website, "Rachel's Cybercabinet of Natural Curiosities" to read ...
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The Herb Garden at NBNC

By Claire Gilbertson, VT Master Gardener Following a suggestion from Chip Darmstadt, director of the North Branch Nature Center, the Master Gardeners developed an herb ...
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NBNC Capital Campaign Update

We're in Phase 3!

$403,815 left to raise

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206
[email protected]

Office Open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
Trails Open 24/7