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

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

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!

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The River's Edge Blog

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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The Nature Of: Monarch Butterflies

By Ken Benton, NBNC Teacher/Naturalist The old sheep field that comprises the majority of the NBNC property comes alive every summer with the sweet scent ...
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Speaking Volumes: A Volunteer-Powered Library

By Emily Seiffert, NBNC Communications Manager One exciting outcome of NBNC’s ongoing capital campaign is the formation of a robust and organized natural history lending ...
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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