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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.

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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

ECO Institute - Summer Courses for Educators

ECO InstituteAre 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!

Now Hiring: Summer Camp Staff

CampsNBNC is seeking fun, charismatic staff for our summer camp season! We're looking for an AmeriCorps camp instructor. Read the full job description HERE.

Birding Costa Rica! Two Spaces Remaining

Two spaces have just opened up on our November 10 - 23 birding adventure in Costa Rica. Click here for more info

BioU: Space is running out!

Our inaugural season of Biodiversity University summer courses is selling out quickly! There is still room in a few courses:

  • Nature Journaling & Illustration
  • Rare Birds of VT 
  • A Closer Look at Bryophytes (Mosses)

Head over to BioU today!

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The River's Edge Blog

NBNC’s World Series of Birding Youth Team – The Results!

Last weekend marked an anniversary for NBNC: 20 years since we first sent a youth team to the World Series of Birding. This annual event, ...
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Amphibian Road Crossing: Mid-season update

You know the old adage: April showers bring -- amphibian migrations! (Well, May flowers too, but those come later). During the warm evening rains last ...
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NBNC is April’s Hunger Mountain Co-op Featured Community Partner!

By Robert Barossi, Community Relations Assistant Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op Re-posted from the Hunger Mountain Co-op Blog North Branch Nature Center began twenty-three years ago ...
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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