North Branch Nature Center bug watch

Visit our new platform, NBNC Online, to access to all of our COVID-adapted programming and resources.

Visit our new platform, NBNC Online, to access to all of our COVID-adapted programming and resources.

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


Announcing: NBNC Online

NBNC Online is a hub for all of our COVID-adapted programming and resources for all ages. To receive the password, we request a donation of any amount* to our NBNC Resiliency Fund, our urgent fund to support NBNC during these difficult times. Thank you, and be well!

*Money should never be a barrier to nature. If you are unable to contribute at this time, simply email us at [email protected] to receive a password automatically.

What you'll find at NBNC Online

  • Nature Online: Nature walks and footage from our wildlife game cameras.
  • Trekkers & Explorers, ECO, and Forest Preschool Online: Activities and resources for families and teachers, with PreK to 8th grade content.
  • The Sit Spot Initiative: a daily routine for finding peace and mindfulness in the natural world.
  • Exclusive live webinars and presentations.
  • Recordings of previous presentations.
  • Recommended activities from our friends and partners.
  • Growing and evolving daily.


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: 2020 Course Catalog

We're delighted to announce our course offerings for 2020's Biodiversity University. BioU offers in-depth nature study taught by the region’s finest experts 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. Visit for more info!

Announcing: NBNC Online

By your request, we present you NBNC Online, a hub for all of our online, COVID-adapted programming and resources. Here, find activities and videos for all ages, updated daily. All content we publish on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram will live here in an easy-to-use layout, plus additional exclusive content.

To receive the password to access NBNC Online, we are asking members of our community to make a donation of any amount* to our NBNC Resiliency Fund, our urgent fund to keep NBNC operational and support our staff during these difficult times. Thank you, on behalf of all of us at NBNC, for your support as we work hard to care for our community, and the natural world, in unprecedented times.

*Money should never be a barrier to your connection with nature. If you are unable to contribute at this time, simply email us at [email protected] and we will provide you a password.

Forest Preschool Registration Open

Our acclaimed Forest Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2020-2021 school year. To find out more, please visit our FPS page.

New Trips! Birding in Argentina and Ecuador

From Tierra del Fuego to the edge of the Amazon. From mountainous cloud forests to maginificent waterfalls. Check out our new 2020 and 2021 Adventures Afar!

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The River's Edge Blog

ECO program lets kids explore the outdoors – in The Valley Reporter

By Hadley Laskowski February 6 2020 THE VALLEY REPORTER “Everybody’s gonna learn to read. But not everyone is going to come out of school feeling ...
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Footprints in the Snow – The Bridge Interviews NBNC’s Dave Muska

Naturalist Dave Muska teaches the art of animal tracking at North Branch Nature Center By Mara Brooks THE BRIDGE February 5 2020 “So here’s the ...
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NBNC Young Naturalists Compete in the Superbowl of Birding XVII

By Zac Cota, NBNC Teacher-Naturalist While a biting north wind and freezing ocean spray may not sound like an ideal midwinter getaway for most, they ...
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NBNC Capital Campaign Update

We're in Phase 3!

$331,674 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