North Branch Nature Center
"Connecting People of All Ages with the Natural World"

North Branch Nature Center is a nexus of education, natural history, and citizen science in central Vermont, serving 10,000 visitors annually. For twenty years, NBNC has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild.

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. North Branch is firefly light sparkling in a child’s eye. It is a circle of naturalists exploring the secrets of warblers and willows. And it is a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply relax beside the river.



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Now Hiring
NBNC is seeking a part-time Teacher/ Naturalist to join our ECO teaching team for the 2018-2019 school year. See our employment page for details!

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Biodiversity University - Shorebirds
Evening Presentation

Thursday, August 23, 7 - 8:30 pm


Long considered a challenge for birders, we’ll demystify shorebirds while exploring their amazing natural histories. Admission by donation. More Information.

Biodiversity University - Shorebirds

Saturday, August 25, 7 am - 4 pm


The ECO Institute provides inquiry-based, outdoor learning through intensive experiential lessons, activities, and discussions. Led by expert NBNC staff and partners, participants will move beyond the classroom and engage with nature as a learning partner. Participants will develop a nature pedagogy and learn to incorporate VELS, NGSS, and Common Core into their design of nature immersion curricula. $35/$45. More Info and Registration.


Thank you to all those who participated! See the results roll in at our iNaturalist Project Page.

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North Branch Nature Center is entering spring in style with our brand new, freshly designed newsletter. Click on the image above for stories, science, events, and even recipes happening this season at NBNC.


North Branch Nature Center is proud to work with the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District to work toward
Zero Waste Events

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

Open Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
Trails open every day
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