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

Biodiversity University: Registration Open!

NBNC is excited to announce Biodiversity University, our new summer field school for naturalists. BioU offers in-depth nature study taught by the region’s finest biologists and educators. Our students are weekend naturalists, working ecologists, and anyone with an insatiable drive to understand the pieces and patterns of our wild world. Our courses are already filling up fast, so head over to BioU today!

Winter newsletter now online!

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our winter newsletter, featuring articles on preschooling outside, natural history of owls, and a partner spotlight on the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. Click here to read our newsletter.

Naturalist Journeys Begin Jan 11!

This winter, join us at NBNC on Friday nights for tales of wildlife encounters, botanical discoveries, and travelogues from around the world. Our annual Naturalist Journeys series is back, starting January 11. All programs begin at 7 PM. Click here for more info.

Now Hiring: Summer Camp Staff

CampsNBNC is seeking fun, charismatic seasonal staff for our summer camp season! Read the full job description HERE

Robins Nest

The River's Edge Blog

The Nature Of: Owls on the Move

By Zac Cota, AmeriCorps Teacher-Naturalist Article from the winter edition of our “Field Marks” newsletter A constant “toot”echoes across North Branch’s star-lit field: the call ...
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58th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count – Results and Highlights

With sunny skies and warm temperatures, Saturday's weather was a perfect day for the 58th annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count. Forty-six volunteers from Plainfield, Barre, ...
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Preschooling Outside

By Mary Zentara, Forest Preschool Director & Co-Teacher Article from the winter edition of our "Field Marks" newsletter   When you take a walk at ...
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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


Robin's Nest Playgroup, scheduled for Monday, 1/21/19, has been rescheduled due to the forecast of extremely cold temperatures and windchill.

Please join us instead on Monday, 1/28/19. Thank you and enjoy the snow!