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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NBNC News Watch

Biodiversity University: Announcing 2020 Season!

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 BiodiversityUniversity.org for more info!

Naturalist Journeys Presentations - 2020 Schedule Announced!

Our annual winter lecture series is back this January with a full roster of six terrific presenters. Join us to learn about whales, moose, coyotes, pre-settlement forests, wilderness trekking, and a special nature reserve in the borderlands of soviet Germany. See the full lineup!

Facilities Rentals at NBNC

Interested in renting our beautiful new facility? Our multipurpose space is available to groups! See our rental rates and policies

Adventures Afar: Travel to Mexico and South Africa with NBNC

Space still remains on our 2021 South Africa and Mexico Trips! Check out our Adventures Afar for more info.

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The River's Edge Blog

59th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count – The Results!

Pouring rain, icy roads, and thick fog tested the endurance and commitment of the 45 birders who joined this year's Plainfield Christmas Bird Count. Despite ...
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Gallery Review of Adelaide Murphy Tyrol’s “Anatomy of a Pond” in The Rutland Herald

We are pleased to invite you to check out Arts Correspondent Mary Gow's feature in The Rutland Herald on Adelaide Murphy Tyrol's art gallery, "Anatomy ...
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Help Complete the Campaign

By Chip Darmstadt, Executive Director In about a year, I’ll be stepping down as NBNC’s Executive Director. By then I’ll have had the privilege of ...
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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

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