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

Saw-whet Owl Season is here!

Throughout the month of October, NBNC naturalists will be capturing, tagging, and releasing these pint-sized predators as part of a national migration research program. Find out about how to sign up for a public banding demo or get involved in our research. Click for Details

Birding in Ecuador

Join us for an extraordinary 14 day birding tour of Southern Ecuador! Over 50 endangered bird species and over 100 regional endemic species can be found on the reserves that we'll be visiting. Led by NBNC's Chip Darmstadt in conjunction with BirdEcuador. March 24 - April 6, 2019. Click for more information.

Youth Birding at NBNC

Join NBNC's youth naturalist club, and journey across Vermont and beyond in search of amazing encounter in nature. See our Calendar for upcoming offerings like our Owl Overnight in October, and the SuperBowl of Birding in January.

Biodiversity University

BioU a new program series designed for adults to expand their naturalist skill set with NBNC. Join us this season for periodic evening lectures with followup field components, like our Fall Waterfowl programs on November 8 and 11.  This spring, look for a BioU seminar series, featuring a large menu of full-day and weekend seminars led by regional and national experts on everything from arachnid identification to field illustration.

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The River's Edge Blog

Youth Birding in the Northeast Kingdom

Last weekend a group of young naturalists traveled with NBNC naturalists Zac Cota and Sean Beckett to the Northeast Kingdom to explore Vermont's boreal zone. ...
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Travel the World with NBNC

North Branch Nature Center has a rich history of leading world-class expeditions to the planet's wildest destinations. In 2019, join NBNC on life-changing adventures to ...
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Montpelier BioBlitz – The Results!

After two months of dissecting micro-moths, mailing vials of plant bits, and convening experts to hem and haw over stranger specimens, we bring you the ...
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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

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