Our 28 acres offer a wide menu of opportunities for Vermonters of all ages to play, study, and explore in nature!
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.
Our distinguished nature-based education programs immerse children in extraordinary learning environments with an acclaimed, innovative teaching team.
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.
From amphibian monitoring to bird research, North Branch Nature Center studies and protects local wildlife with the support of passionate volunteer scientists.
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
NBNC is Hiring!
NBNC is seeking applicants for several positions beginning in August, including a full-time and a part-time Forest Preschool teacher, and a VHCB AmeriCorps Environmental Educator. Applications close soon, so please visit our employment page today for more information.
Summer Newsletter Now Online!
Our Spring/Summer edition of Field Marks is now available online! Our summer calendar, and articles on pollinators, monarch butterflies, summer camps, and our emerging volunteer library. Click here to read it!
BugFest! - June 30
Come learn what insects do for you, and what you can do for them! This all-day festival features family-friendly activities, field walks, workshops, and presentations. June 30th, 2-10 pm. Learn More!
ECO Institute - Summer Courses for Educators
Are you an educator looking to develop the core routines of nature-based learning or develop an outdoor classroom? Are you looking to expand your natural history knowledge and curriculum repertoire? Check out ECO Institute, our summer seminars just for teachers, assistants, and administrators!